The National Gallery in Prague is a state-owned organisation that manages the largest visual art collection in the Czech Republic. Following the Louvre in Paris, this second oldest art gallery is one of the most important ones in Europe. Its collections include the best works of Czech and the world’s visual art and are housed in splendid historical buildings: the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, the Kinsky Palace, the Salm Palace, the Schwarzenberg Palace, the Sternberg Palace, the Waldstein Riding School, and the Trade Fair Palace.
Komerční banka has more than 3,500 works of art in its collection. Komerční banka began systematically building its collection as early as 1995 when we set up a Commission for Works of Art and Their Use and a group of experts from the bank and external advisers, which started to buy pictures mostly from the 1970s to 1990s. Komerční banka shares this interest in and sponsorship of art with its parent company Société Générale. Its collection currently includes some 300 important original works and 700 lithographs, has been documented in detail, and is accessible in a virtual art gallery online.
The National Gallery in Prague will display a selection of works of art from Komerční banka’s unique collection in its permanent exhibition of modern and contemporary art in Veletržní palác (the Trade Fair Palace). Alena Kučerová’s print entitled Překážka II (Obstacle II) and Karel Malich’s pastel entitled Světlo (Light) have been the first to be selected. Additional lent works will follow.
Thanks to Komerční banka’s and National Gallery’s joint project children and young people aged up to 18 and students up to 26 can see the National Gallery’s permanent exhibitions free of charge. Between April 2015 and the end of 2019, some 300,000 children and students used this opportunity.
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