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Arts & Museums
Pivni Galerie is a tribute to Czech brewing traditions. Visitors come here to sample and buy over 180 brands of beer from 34 small and medium-sized local breweries. You won't find any Pilsner Urquell here! A cross between a museum and a pub, the walls of Pivni Galerie are lined with relics of brewing culture, including a large mural depicting the brewing process. Tables and seating are provided for visitors who come to sample beer, while full bottles are sold for off-site consumption only. Check out the beer-related paraphernalia, including the special wooden palates used to hold bottles. A trip to Pivni Galerie is sure to please any home-brewer or beer enthusiast.
Representing Czech culture through contemporary art is what DOX is all about. Paintings, photography, architecture, design and sculpture are what form major part of this institution that is flocked by art lovers. Some exhibits involve new media including films which makes DOXeven more fascinating for its visitors.
Krehky is truly an artists' haven. With the advancement in every field, Krahky is striving hard to promote the Czech and foreign furniture artists by giving them ample space to display their piece of art. These pieces are theme based and are available in limited edition. The works reflect the modern era and is inspired from the day to day life of every artist. Drop in to experience one of the finest art galleries in town.
Military enthusiasts will enjoy the uniforms, artifacts and maps relating to the Czechoslovak armed forces during World Wars I and II. Exhibits tell stories of the Czech Legion, which broke away from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to fight on the side of the Allies in the Great War, only to find itself locked in a fierce conflict with the Bolsheviks in Russia as well as of the tiny bands of anti-Nazi Czech and Slovak partisans in World War II. Entry is free.
Here you'll find case after case of historical artifacts, documents, weapons and maps documenting the history of Prague from early archaeological finds to 18th Century ones. One of the highlights is the huge cardboard model of the city created by a servant at the 'National Museum' between 1826 and 1834. The detail is amazing, down to the colors of doorways and the designs of windowsills; you could spend hours comparing 'then' with 'now'.Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is the fact that Prague's historic city center has altered so little since those times.
Visit this imposing 1920s building for a thorough study of Czech modern art. Czech art followed the same general lines of development as that of Western Europe, but with an underlying layer of Slavic spirituality - witness the moody landscapes of Jan Preisler, the mind-blowing abstracts of Frantisek Kupka and the meditative canvases of Vladimir Kokolia, to name but a few. There is also a small collection of Western European paintings by Picasso, Braque, Klimt and others. Two or three temporary exhibits of Czech or foreign work are usually always on show and these are often among the best in town.
This place is a boon for the philatelist. The emphasis here is on Czech and Czechoslovak stamps. However, stamps and other postal materials are also on sale. Temporary exhibitions are held upstairs. These may be of contemporary art or have a postal theme.
Many well-established artists show their work here, including some with international reputations such as Jiri Kolar, Olbram Zoubek, Eva Kmentova. This was one of the earliest private galleries to spring up following the collapse of Communism in 1989. See their website for a list of up-coming events.
The permanent exhibition, at this venue, concentrates on the development of agriculture and food production in the Czech lands over the past two centuries. It uses models and mockups of farms, workshops and breweries as well as various kinds of farming and production machinery. What's more, step in on the first Wednesday of the month and you are allowed free admission.
This new gallery is run by a private foundation whose mission is the preservation of baroque sculpture. Exhibitions of Czech contemporary art in the same room add an unusual counterpoint. The gallery was one of the many visual-arts projects that marked Prague's place as a European City of Culture in 2000.
There may not be any Picasso at the House of the Black Madonna, but you will find a small assortment of paintings, furniture and even coffee sets made during the height of the Cubist craze in the early twentieth century. One of the better-known artists in this school was Josef Capek, brother of the writer Karel Capek. Czech architects also adopted Cubism - the building itself, by Josef Gocar, is a good example of this. Notice the triangular projections above the windows which represent a way of expressing different angles of vision simultaneously.
A legend in his own lifetime, Alphonse Mucha precipitated his rise to world fame in 1894 with his poster of actress Sarah Bernhardt in Gismonda, which introduced the art nouveau style. Mucha was born in 1860 in Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic. His family opened this museum, Muchovo Muzeum Praha (Mucha Museum), in 1998. It contains the artist's famously ornate posters, cookie and champagne labels, bicycle ads and much more. Each item shows off his use and mastery of intricate detail and pastel colors. There are also other images, painted depictions of age, poverty and war, the the artist's sketchbooks showing how he worked out his decorative patterns, and photographs both by and of Mucha. Prague is full of Mucha souvenirs, and the gift shop here is a good place to find some of the more tasteful ones. Call ahead for more information.