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Our cooperation

We have been a stable and longstanding partner of Czech art and culture. It is an honour for us to support the best in their respective fields. We truly appreciate the work of the National Gallery Prague that has and believe that, through our partnership, we can bring the art world closer to the general public.

One example of our partnership with the National Gallery Prague is the original “Empathy Award”, that aimed to recognise creative project with social and environmental impact. Expositions of the winners, Romana Drdová and Lenka Záhorková, were presented for several months in the Small Hall of the Trade Fair Palace.

About our partner

The National Gallery Prague is a public organisation that manages the largest fine art collections in the Czech Republic. This second oldest European gallery – after the Louvre – is one of the most prominent galleries in Europe. Its collections comprise masterpieces of the Czech and international fine art, presented in beautiful historical buildings: Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Kinský Palace, Salm Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, Sternberg Palace, Wallenstein Riding School and the Trade Fair Palace.

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Exhibition “1918⁠–⁠1938: First Czechoslovak Republic”

Trade Fair Palace

This exhibition in the Trade Fair Palace entitled “1918⁠–⁠1938: First Czechoslovak Republic” was created on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, presenting rich creative and artistic activities of the young state in 1918⁠–⁠1938. In addition to paintings and sculptures of prominent Czech, Slovak, Czech-German and Carpathian-Russian artists (Václav Špála, Josef Čapek, Jindřich Štyrský, Toyen, August Brӧmse, Maxim Kopf, Wenzel Hablik, etc.), the exhibition also includes artworks from the renowned French collection (Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and others) acquired by Czechoslovakia shortly after its founding during the 1920s and 1930s. 

The exhibition is not limited to visual artworks only; it has an interdisciplinary focus, also presenting other cultural and artistic forms of the first Czechoslovak republic, such as book illustrations, design, graphic design, etc.

Exhibition “1796⁠–⁠1918: Art of the Long Century”

Trade Fair Palace

This exhibition in the Trade Fair Palace entitled “1796⁠–⁠1918: Art of the Long Century” connects Czech and international art. It presents, for example, the famous Maiden by Gustav Klimt and works of Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh or Pablo Picasso! The entire selection covers more than 450 artworks by 150 artists in three main chapters: Mankind, The World, and Ideas. In addition to paintings, the exhibition also presents the art of sculpture. Free standing sculptures accompany painting. Public sculptures form a separate section paraphrasing the three basic themes in the Architecture, Monument, and Tombstone sections, with respect to the selected approach and availability of the exhibits.

The objective of the exhibition is to showcase the major pieces of the local and European (particularly French) art world owned by the National Gallery Prague - from self-portraits, family and official portraits to paintings presenting city life, cafés or boulevards, from romantic landscapes to realistic interpretations. It also includes artworks with historical, religious or mythological themes. Consequently, artworks of very different periods and very different art techniques can be seen side by side. It may be striking and surprising for Czech visitors, how seemingly completely different paintings may end up next to each other – such as the beautifully and romantically realistic Josephine by Mánes next to the raw and fully exposed cubist interpretation of the Naked Woman by Picasso.

LOOKING BACK AT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITIONS OF THE NGP

 

The Buddha Up Close

This exhibition will present to you the history of Buddhist art and Buddha Shakyamuni himself. You will learn about his teachings and how Buddhism made its way from the Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia, China, Tibet, Japan, and other areas.

Wallenstein Riding School until 24 April 2022

 

 

Who was Buddha Shakyamuni?

The introductory chapter of The Buddha Up Close exhibition will highlight the variety with which the founder of Buddhism was depicted by artists in areas to which his teachings had spread. This chapter is then followed by works inspired by legends from Buddha’s life and works informing about the main schools of Buddhism.

 

Forgeries? Forgeries!

This exhibition will take you on a spectacular journey through the world of art forgeries. You will learn about how, when and for what purpose replicas, copies, imitations and forgeries may be created how they differ. You will see forgeries copying the style of the Dutch Old Masters of the 17th century as well as fake works allegedly by prominent Czech painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Sternberg Palace until 1 May 2022

 

Post-Digital Intimacy

The touchscreen has recently become something that we most often hold in our hands and modern technology has crept deep into our private lives. Therefore, the exhibition deals with how, after a virtual experience, further emphasized by the pandemic situation, the concept of our privacy and intimacy has changed and what effect technology has on our close relationships.

Trade Fair Palace until 10 July 2022

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