House of the Black Madonna

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Ovocný trh 19, Prague, Czech Republic

House of the Black Madonna Prague Reviews

esterrene esterrene
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Czech Cubist Museum Sep 15, 2011
One of the most unique buildings in Prague is the House of the Black Madonna- cleverly named after the statue of a Black Madonna adorning an exterior corner. The building was designed and built in 1912 by Josef Gočár and is considered to be the first example of cubist architecture.

Since 2003 The House of the Black Madonna was renovated transformed into the current home for the Czech Cubist Museum. The museum itself is located on the second and third floors of the building with a museum store and ticket office on the first floor next to the cafe.

The exhibit consisted of works by sculptor Otto Gutfreund, painters Emil Filla, Bohumil Kubišta, and several other artists who had dominated the cubist movement in Prague. There were also examples of Cubist furniture - none of which looked too comfortable to sit on :P - and models of other cubist designed buildings.

The exhibit was an impressive collection. Some artists were clearly talented - such as Gutfreund and Filla- and had a deep understanding of what cubism is, while other artists had a more shallow understanding of what was then a new concept.

Admission was cheap -100 czk and discounts for students - and the entire visit could be completed with an hour.

Def worth a visit and don't forget to get a ticket from the ticket office. Museum Attendants on each floor will ask to see it.
The Black Madonna
cubist furniture
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