Modern and Contemporary Art

The city of Prague features various modern, postmodern and contemporary installations, private gallery openings and fine museums to feed your need of the Modern. The Veletrzni Palace, part of the National Gallery of Prague, was once destined to outdo the Pompidou Center in Paris in sheer size and cultural power; this is a good example that Prague was and is ready to accept the Modern, even embrace it. Historically, Prague has had a strong background in Modernism, displayed by the avant-garde movement of The Eight (Osma), Emil Filla, Bedrich Feigl, Max Horb, Bohumil Kubista, Otakar Kubin, Emil Pittermann Longen, Willi Nowak and Antonin Prochazka, as well as the Functionalist movement Devetsil, led by the prolific Karel Teige. This movement brought close ties with Western Europe, as Karel Teige endlessly invited famous artists to lecture and perform in Prague, figures such as Man Ray, Le Corbusier, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Paul Klee, Walter Gropius, and Andre Breton. If you are interested in modern and contemporary art in Prague, have a look at our recommended galleries listed below, all of which are complete with descriptions, photographs, maps and contact information.  

  • Dox | Prague Galleries | Exterior Dox Center for Contemporary Art

    This exciting new art gallery located in Holesovice is a breath of much needed fresh air for the city of Prague. Opening at the beginning of October of 2008, this large independent modern gallery wowed viewers with the opening exhibition titled Welcome to Capitalism, which featured a collection of paintings and installations by Jose Maria Cano, Michael Bielicky in collaboration with Kamila Richter, and Dirk Reinbold, Matej Kren and Jiri Hula in collaboration with Dominik Lang. The main collection was...

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  • Kampa Museum | Prague Museums and Galleries Kampa Museum

    An eccentric contemporary collection located on the left riverbank of the Vltava, housed in the old Sova Mill, named after Vaclav Sova, the original owner in the 15th century. It should be noted that this museum is worth a visit especially for the building that has been magnificently renovated after centuries of fires, floods, and damage. On a clear day in Prague one should head to Kampa Museum on Kampa Island. The combination of this renovated mill with its gleaming...

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  • Dvorak Sec Contemporary | Gallery Dvorak Sec Contemporary

    Opened in May of 2009 Dvorak Sec Contemporary is a top Prague-based art space that is located on bustling Dlouhá Street in the center of Prague’s Old Town. The private gallery deals exclusively with young emerging talent from the United States, Great Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic as well as artists from the last 20 years that have shaped the Contemporary art field. The young and fresh critically acclaimed artists showcased at Dvorak Sec Contemporary are of the highest...

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  • Václava Špály Gallery | Interior with Past Exhibition Václava Špály Gallery

    Located on bustling Narodni Street is the important Václava Špály Gallery, a private gallery that focuses on finding an understanding or link between contemporary art and the general public. This gallery goes back in history to 1957 when it was founded and named after the acclaimed and avant-garde 20th century Czech painter Václav Špála. The gallery held significant exhibitions during its so-called golden years from 1965 to 1970 when the art space was under the eye of Czech art theoretician...

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  • Cermak Eisenkraft | Art Dealers in Prague Cermak Eisenkraft

    Founded in 2014 by Tomáš Zapletal and David Železný with the goal of becoming a leading dealer in post-war and contemporary Czech and international art, the Cermak Eisenkraft gallery is set on Dlouhá Street in Prague’s Old Town. This gallery is home to fantastic artworks from artists including František Kupka, Emil Filla, Magdalena Jetelova, Federico Díaz, Kirstine Roepstorff, Matyáš Chochola, and Josef Šíma, to name a few. The art on display and for sale is of the utmost quality and...

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  • Jiri Svestka Gallery | Kristof Kintera Jiří Švestka Gallery

    Founded in 1995 as one of the first of its kind, the Jiří Švestka Gallery is Prague’s leading independent gallery, which focuses on Czech and Central European contemporary art. The gallery’s main goal is to promote young talented artists from the Czech lands and from Central Europe to the global audience of the prestigious art world. The gallery was established by Jiří Švestka, a significant personality of both Prague's and Berlin's art scenes, who has dedicated his life to the...

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  • Uhelný mlýn | Art Gallery Uhelný mlýn

    Not far from Prague, in the extensive area of a factory complex in Libčice, stands Uhelný mlýn (Coal Mill), an industrial building from the beginning of the 20th century, which has – thanks to a complete renovation – become a unique and sought-after sight. In cooperation with a close circle of specialists, Czech architect Patrik Hoffman has turned the old mill into a one-of-a-kind, industrial structure with many functions and possibilities. The upper floor of the building is where a...

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  • Leica Gallery Prague Leica Gallery Prague

    In the center of Prague sits a wonderful contemporary photography gallery that features not only a great exhibition hall but also an attractive modern cafe and bookshop. Leica Gallery Prague, established in 2002 in the Supreme Burgrave's House of the Prague Castle, and located in their permanent New Town location since 2008 focuses on exhibiting contemporary Czech and Slovak photography. The gallery has one main goal – to give to the general public more knowledge of contemporary photography. There are...

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  • Nova Galerie | Nude Painting Nová Galerie

    Visit Nová Galerie in Prague's Vinohrady, close to lovely Náměstí Míru, where you can enjoy some of the best local art that the art scene has to offer. This independent Prague art gallery focuses on modern and contemporary art from Czech artists and aims to systematically present and support top Czech art both locally and abroad. At Nová Galerie, New Gallery in English, you can see works from such artists as Adam Štech, Jakub Špaňhel and Jiří David. The permanent...

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  • Gordana Glass Gordana Glass

    Would you like to make your home, workspace or any kind of important space complete with something exclusive and truly beautiful? Glass artifacts designed by the renowned glassmaker and designer Gordana Turuk will bring spellbinding beauty, as well as true positive energy to any interior you choose. Comprising artistic glassware of various colors, sizes and shapes, all Turuk's collections are based on several basic values, which, together, form her unique style. These include the values of family, friendship, humility and...

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  • Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery | Prague Art Galleries Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery

    Operating since the early 1990s, The independent Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery promotes high quality Czech fine art in the Czech Republic and abroad. The aim of Zdeněk Sklenář, gallery founder, has always been to showcase to the world the importance and value of Czech art, which is exactly what this gallery does. The range of art that has been on display or exhibited at the gallery throughout the years has ranged from the late 19th century to the present day up-and-coming...

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  • The Chemistry Gallery | Contemporary Art in Prague The Chemistry Gallery

    Located in Prague 7 in a former electric works building is the celebrated Chemistry Gallery, a unique independent space for the city of Prague where you can focus on interesting artwork from contemporary artists and, of course, purchase pieces to add to your art collection. The Chemistry Gallery also features an online comprehensive list of artists and their portfolio presentations where you can purchase and view their work. As a successful gallery of art, the Chemistry Gallery can arrange exhibitions...

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  • FOX Gallery FOX Gallery

    If you are a fan of art and design, you are sure to enjoy what the FOX Gallery has to offer. It is a unique space where modern art meets applied arts, design, floral arrangements, and other artistic fields. You can find it in Old Town on Karolíny Světlé Street. FOX Gallery is part of Project FOX, which has been active in Prague’s art scene for several years, promoting the idea that art is part of our daily lives. FOX...

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  • Manes | Prague Functionalism Manes

    The Manes building with its exhibition hall, opened in 1930, well known as a functionalist dream, as it is considered one of the top Functionalist buildings in Europe today, is not only famous for the design of the building, which paired with the old 15th century water tower brings an interesting blend of old and modern, but also for the avant-garde work it housed and continues to house within its walls. Vaclav Havel has said that the Manes building is...

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  • Prague Functionalist Architecture | Veletrzni Palace Exterior Veletrzni Palace - National Gallery

    Prague has first-rate museums dedicated to Medieval and Classical art, but what about the more controversial Modern art? No need to worry; the city of Prague has various Modern art and Postmodern installations, private gallery openings and fine museums to feed your need of the Modern. Just take a look around as you stroll through this lovely city, even certain areas covered in colorful graffiti scream Modern art. The Veletrzni Palace, part of the National Gallery of Prague, was once...

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  • Kuzebauch Gallery | Prague Kuzebauch Gallery

    Hidden in the historic neighborhood of Břevnov and set on peaceful Říčanova Street is the Kuzebauch Gallery, which has been attracting lovers of glassworks and other pieces of art combining unique materials and techniques. This small, private gallery was established in 2012 with the main goal to present exceptional examples of studio art made by both young talented artists and renowned names from the world of applied arts. Quite soon after its foundation, the Kuzebauch Gallery took the position of...

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  • Fire | Dominik Mareš Dominik Mareš

    If you are searching for intriguing art to add to your collection or simply wish to start collecting art, pay a visit to the fantastic studio of Dominik Mareš in the lovely city of Prague where you can witness his emotional work firsthand. The art studio, situated in the Pragovka Art District, is literally dotted with color as his paintings are on display, covering the walls. Born and raised in Ostrava, Dominik Mareš started to paint when he was attending secondary...

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  • Rudolfinum Gallery | Prague Rudolfinum Gallery

    The Rudolfinum Gallery is a spacious and attractive art gallery situated in the multi-purpose Rudolfinum cultural complex, which houses a gorgeous concert hall and a grand turn of the last century café. J. Schulz, who also designed the National Theater in Prague, which is a beautiful example of Historicist architecture in central Europe, designed this neo Renaissance building. The location of the Rudolfinum complex is an important one as it creates a cultural center in the heart of Prague alongside...

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  • Prague Art & Design | Jan Zrzavy Painting Prague Art & Design

    Established in 2007, Prague Art & Design offers Internet sales of unique art and modern design alongside superb service and advice concerning the world of art. The company works closely with professionals of the art, design and antique world, insuring authenticity of the many beautiful objects offered online. Prague Art & Design has an art gallery in Old Town on Martinská Street where prospective buyers can purchase art, design and jewelry. The varied offerings online include an impressive collection of...

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  • Kotelna Gallery Kotelna Gallery

    In 2007, a gallery with a unique location and concept was founded in Říčany, 20 kilometers southeast of the city center of Prague. The concept consists of sale of artworks which have been created by talented and young upcoming artists. The Kotelna Gallery was established by Eva Kočová, a gallerist, who has rebuilt a large, old and unused boiler room in Říčany into an unconventional gallery with extraordinary lighting and 600 m2 of art space, which enables the gallery to...

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  • Golden Ring House | Prague The Golden Ring House - City Gallery Prague

    Hidden on tiny Týnská street near Old Town Square is the Golden Ring House, an exhibition space of City Gallery Prague. Originally, the medieval Golden Ring House consisted of two buildings that were later merged into one. Its early Gothic period cellars and the corridor on the first floor with barrel vaulting and fragments of wall paintings from the late 15th century have been preserved until today. The Golden Ring House hosts a permanent exhibition presenting the big names of...

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  • Vernon Gallery | Vernon Depot | Prague Vernon Gallery

    Vernon Gallery comprises several projects whose common goals are mainly the support of young contemporary art, as well as organizing of exhibitions of classical masters. The Vernon Gallery was founded in 2001 by its director Monika Burian Jourdan with the aim of presenting to the public quality art of both contemporary and classical genres. It does so mainly at the Vernon Projekt exhibition space and at other places, as well as in the newly opened Vernon Depot gallery. Vernon Projekt...

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  • Glassimo | Prague Shopping Glassimo

    Founded in 2015 and located in the beautiful center of Prague, the Glassimo Gallery is a design boutique offering premium, high quality glass and porcelain. The beautiful decorative objects are created by the best Czech glassmakers, designers and artists. Many of the works on display in Glassimo are unique objects – why not invest in a one-of-a-kind piece of art glass by renowned Czech master glassmakers such as Bořek Šípek, Jiří Pačinek and Kateřina Smolíková, design porcelain by Daniel Piršč,...

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  • Bílek’s Villa | City Gallery Prague Bílek’s Villa - City Gallery Prague

    In the lovely Prague Castle quarter known as Hradčany close to the Royal Summer Palace sits an Art Nouveau fairy tale villa designed by František Bílek, an architect and Art Nouveau and Symbolist sculptor. The house, which dates back to 1911, was designed by Bílek himself to be used as his home and studio. After Bílek’s passed the whimsical villa was turned into a museum of his works according to the artist’s own wishes. The villa was built on site...

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  • Gagik Manoukian at his Gallery Gagik Manoukian's Gallery of Modern Art

    These two modern art gallery locations can be found in the center of Prague and exhibit works of art primarily by the Armenian painter Gagik Manoukian, as well as by other artists. Gagik Manoukian, whose paintings can be found in private collections and galleries in Europe and the United States, comes from Armenia and the roots of Armenian art and Armenian avant-garde are significantly reflected in his work. He has also been influenced by modern art, such as cubism, expressionism...

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  • Gambit Photo | Prague Gallery Gambit Photo

    Located in the historic area of Prague’s Old Town directly in the heart of the city and situated in a charming old building is the unique Gambit Photo Gallery. Gambit Photo is an intimate gallery space offering a fresh breath of artistic air to an otherwise touristy area of Prague. Gambit Photo focuses on the art of quality photography and offers gorgeous pieces to add to or start a photography collection with their superb selection of authorized prints by 20th...

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  • Muzeum Montanelli | Prague Museum Montanelli

    Located in the gorgeous Lesser Town district of Prague and situated on charming Nerudova Street is the privately owned and operated Museum Montanelli. Run by The DrAK Foundation, the museum’s main goal in existing is to administer and present the collections of both the DrAK Foundation and private collections. Shows are composed of monographic exhibitions of artists and group exhibitions. It is interesting to note that viewings with commentary, workshops and educational programs for youth are included with each and...

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  • Kvalitář | Gallery in Prague Kvalitář

    The Kvalitář exhibition and sales gallery, which opened at the beginning of 2012, presents one of the youngest newcomers to the Prague art and architecture scene. Since its founders are architects, you can have a comprehensive house project including its interior or individual pieces of furniture designed here and take advantage of consultancy regarding a suitable selection of fine arts and installations. Kvalitář is a unique project that is not a gallery in the true sense of the word, but...

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  • SVIT | Prague Gallery SVIT

    The SVIT gallery opened in August 2010 and is one of the youngest Prague galleries. It is located in the courtyard of a 19th century print factory in Prague's Smíchov, only a 10-minute walk from the Anděl shopping area and the Charles Bridge. The SVIT gallery presents exhibitions of Czech and international artists and opens lively discourse about latest positions and developments in contemporary art. SVIT brings emerging Czech artists into international contexts, presents them at main art fairs and...

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  • Hunt Kastner Artworks | Prague Hunt Kastner Artworks

    Located in the blossoming, up-and-coming art scene of Holesovice, Praha 7 is Hunt Kastner Artworks. This independent gallery was originally opened to support about a dozen young and aspiring Czech contemporary artists including Tomáš Vanêk and Michael Thelenová, whose talent needed to be prevalent in the art scene of central Europe. Hunt Kastner Artworks has succeeded in letting the whole world know about the local artistic talent thanks to their international exhibitions in locations such as London, Vienna, Miami and...

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  • Miro Gallery | Museums in Prague MIRO Gallery

    MIRO Gallery, located in the Castle District and situated on the gorgeous grounds of Strahov Monastery is one of the most popular galleries in the magnificent city of Prague. The MIRO Gallery was founded in Berlin in 1987 and was moved to Prague in April of 1994, specifically to the beautiful church of St. Roch, which dates back to the Renaissance era. MIRO Gallery was born in Prague due to financial assistance provided from Karel Gott who gave the founder...

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  • The City Library | Prague The Municipal Library – City Gallery Prague

    Located on Mariánské Square with such grand buildings as Old Town City Hall, The exquisite Baroque Clam Gallas Palace and a section of the massive Klementinum complex is City Gallery Prague’s exhibition hall at the Municipal Library. The building was built in 1925 to 1928 and was designed by František Roith, an architect and student of Otto Wagner at the Vienna Academy. The building was originally intended for use as a cultural house, with exhibition, lecture and concert halls. The...

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  • Dea Orh Art Gallery | Prague Dea Orh Art Gallery

    Located close to Wenceslas Square is the Dea Orh Art Gallery. One of the leading private art galleries in the city of Prague, Dea Orh focuses on showcasing established artists as well as promoting emerging young artists providing them with a strong platform on which to debut their talent to the art world. The diverse program of exhibitions offered at the Dea Orh Art Gallery features not only Czech artists but international talents as well, making the shows all the...

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  • Meet Factory | Exterior MeetFactory

    Located a bit further afield is the MeetFactory, an international center for contemporary art that creates an artistic platform for international talent in the city of Prague. Established in 2001 in an actual meat factory in the industrial area of Holešovice, MeetFactory, o.p.s. sought to bring to Prague a space where international contemporary artists and institutions could collaborate, a space that Prague was definitely lacking. Unfortunately the floods of 2002 destroyed such plans, however the idea of the MeetFactory lived...

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