Some of the best art galleries in the Czech Republic are located in Prague, but culture is not limited to the capital city. Brno also has much to offer to art lovers. We take a look at some of the best art galleries in the country.
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague)
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Dox is a multifunctional space that offers gallery exhibits of photography, video, painting and more. Most exhibits are temporary, so the center is offers something new every time you visit. Recent exhibitions have covered the Big Band, the passing of time, architecture, and the Russian occupation of Crimea. Dox also houses a library, a cafe, a design store and space for lectures and presentations.
Home to the largest collection of art in the country, the National Gallery also houses some unique pieces of art. Despite its name, the NG is not a single building, although Veletržní Palác contains the largest part of the collection and a large area dedicated to modern art. The rest of the collection is spread throughout a series of historical buildings around the city. In addition to masters such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Picassoand Miró, the gallery is also home to a significant display of Czech and Slovak artists. The most notorious is perhaps Alfons Mucha, who also has his own museum in Prague.
The second largest art gallery in the country, it’s also the only one in the country that focuses only on visual culture, meaning that in addition to paintings and drawings, the gallery also features an extensive collection of photography, graphic art, graphic design and more. The gallery’s collection is spread among five buildings, with the Pražák Palace holding the main works, as well as temporary exhibits and a library.
The Brno House of Arts encompasses several buildings, including a modern art gallery housed in the basement of a 12th-century Romanesque building. The gallery hosts rotating exhibits and doesn’t hold a permanent collection. As a result, the space always feels fresh and current. The gallery specializes in modern sculpture work created using unusual mediums (from cables to metal to cement) and young artists.
One of the main places for modern and contemporary art in the country, the Jiri Svestka Gallery focuses mainly on Czech artists but also hosts international exhibits. You can currently visit their exhibition Past-Present-Future,the concept of which is to give space to a creative confrontation between three generations of Central and Eastern European artists – Georg Ettl (1940–2014), Katarina Poliacikova (1983–) andRomanian conceptual artist Ioana Nemes (1979–2011).
MeetFactory was founded by renowned Czech artist and sculptor David Černý. The art center is located inside a former industrial warehouse which actually houses three different galleries, as well as an artist-in-residence program and a space for concerts. The main space here is the MeetFactory Gallery, which presents rotating exhibits curated by either Černý himself or an appointed staff member. Kostka, a smaller gallery, is reserved for solo shows of painters, photographers and other artists doing unique work. The third space is the Wall Gallery, which presents street art painted directly on the gallery’s walls.