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Edition 49

A hundred years ago, in his drama R.U.R., the Czech writer Karel Čapek used the word 'robot' for the first time. Thinking about how to call artificial workers, he sought advice with his brother, the painter Josef Čapek. "Call them Robots," murmured Josef Čapek over his brush. So, the Slavic word for forced labour, "robota", became the basis for the word known all over the world.  

It would be interesting to see what Karel Čapek would write today when various appliances are much more present in our life, residing on our desks and in our pockets. In the meantime, robots assumed many different forms; they are helping at home, in production processes as well as in medicine and the question arises whether they do not lead us into blind alleys in some aspects. A recommendation concerning ethical principles of artificial intelligence will be one of the topics of the UNESCO General Conference in 2021. 

The 49th International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice features the following theme: 



  • What the robot can(not) do

  • Inside the machine

  • R.U.R.: Robots in literature and film

  • Year 2121

  • Development and kinds of artificial intelligence

  • Technology and ethics

  • Data

  • Nanorobots


  • February 19, 2021
    Closing date for the registration and the last acceptable date on the postmark on the consignment of entries

  • May 6 – May 8, 2021
    Session of the exhibition jury (2 rounds)

  • June 21, 2021
    Results of the exhibition published at

  • July 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
    Exhibition of the award-winning entries at the Lidice Gallery

  • September 9, 2021 
    Award ceremony in the garden of the Lidice Gallery

  • Sep – Dec 2021 
    Prizes, catalogues and invitations to participate in the next edition for foreign participants dispatched to Czech embassies who hand over the prizes to winners in person or by post

In 2021, more than 11,200 artworks by children from 72 countries entered the competition. The results of the competition are published on the exhibition's website. The exhibition of all awarded works at the Lidice Gallery is open from July 1, 2021 until January 31, 2022. We cordially invite you to visit!

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