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An example of sgraffito external building decoration in prague

Renaissance Prague Architecture

Renaissance Prague Architecture The Prague Renaissance period saw a lot of social and technological change but it did not come with groundbreaking architectural design ideas as had been noted in the Romanesque and Gothic periods. It was more about artistic ideas and decorative styles to aesthetically improve the appearance of a building and not the … Read More

The Old Radio Free Europe Building, Now Part of the National Museum in Prague

Prague Brutalism and Functionalism

Prague Brutalism and Functionalist Architecture Prague Brutalism can also be called post-Modernism. Pretty much everything after 1897 could be grouped under the term “Modernism” even though we have different and specific names for it in many European countries. It just marks the separation of the “historic/religious” work from everything since. Brutalism is not just about … Read More

the art deco palace akropolis in prague's third district

Prague Art Deco Architecture

Prague Art Deco Architecture – The French Connection It should come as no surprise that “Arts Decoratifs” should begin in Paris and be recognised as an individual art form to be known as “Art Deco” by 1925. Of course the style of Decorative Art had been around for at least 10 years already but with … Read More

A cubism style apartment block in prague's Old Town

Prague Cubism Architecture

Prague Cubism Architecture – Not Just Cubes In chronological order, Cubism should directly follow Art Nouveau but in reality they ran side by side for 10 years or so. Prague Cubism was a very short lived era starting in 1911 and finishing in Prague in 1924 but wow it left some really original exteriors and … Read More

Friends of Czech Heritage

The Friends of Czech Heritage – People Working Hard to Restore Our Culture During the Communist controlled era, many of the Czech Republic’s finest palaces, castles, chateaus, gardens and parks were either destroyed or simply left to decay. Previous owners stripped of their rights of ownership, new owners with no money and no intention of … Read More

Havels place in Prague Lesser Town

Havel’s Place

Havel’s Place A Unique Piece of Street Furniture Havel’s Place was not supposed to be but has become a memorial dedicated to Václav Havel, the last Czechoslovak President and First President of the Czech Republic. It’s not just in Prague. A “Havel’s Place” can currently be found in nearly 20 Czech Towns and International locations … Read More

David Cerny Kafkas Head, Quadrio centre in Prague

The Modern Art of David Cerny in Prague

David Cerny Man on a Mission In English you say it like David Cherny. I was never a great fan of what might be considered modern art and on my rounds of the “modern” museums of Prague I never found anything to really get excited about. Then one day I had just left the Kampa … Read More

intellectual graffiti

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague DOX is a little way out of the centre in Holešovice. Opened in 2008, it’s in a converted factory giving it 3000 square metres of internal and external space for hosting a variety of exhibitions. DOX does not carry a permanent exhibition so you’ll normally find two or … Read More

Prague National Gallery

The Prague National Gallery The Prague National Gallery is not a single location. You’ll need to explore the various parts of the collection at it’s different homes. I do warn you now that apart from the Kinsky Palace and the Trade Fair Palace that you are going to want to like art made before the … Read More