The year 2004 was a milestone in Smetana's Creative Litomyšl history. The cycle of exhibitions can be deservedly marked as the year zero. In the rooms of the former castle brewery newly built to Josef Pleskot's design the work of Ladislav Novák was displayed, the giant Chair by Magdaléna Jetelová was installed in the Monastery Gardens. The exhibitions of fine art were opened by Minister of Culture Pavel Dostál and Mrs Meda Mládková. During their short life (only during the opera festival) these exhibitions were viewed by many visitors and their success inspired the organiser to institutionalising the event, giving it a name and a solid structure.