Veletrzni Palace | Prague Functionalism

Veletrzni Palace

In Prague 7 sits a huge functionalist gem of a building, Veletrzni Palace; constructed from the design of Oldrich Tyl and Josef Fuchs in the years 1925-1929, this massive building was used for trade fairs until 1951, after which it was home to several international companies. A heartbreaking fire destroyed it in 1974. Since a meticulous restoration in 1995, it has been the seat of National Gallery for the center of Modern and Contemporary art. Four vast floors, resembling a huge cruise ship, house a wonderfully impressive collection of 19th to 21st century European and Czech art. The span of one day can easily be spent wandering around this museum, but if you are short of time, head, preferably, to the 3rd floor where you will find 19th to 20th century French art (some Rodin, Gauguin, and Van Gogh) and Czech art from 1900 to 1930 (most notably Frantisek Kupka). The 4th floor showcases the works of various intriguing Czech artists, such as Josef Myslbek, Josef Manes, and Julius Marak, including Art Nouveau sculpture, beaming portraits and lush landscapes; while the 1st floor displays Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Picasso. Often, on the ground floor, the works of up-and-coming artists are featured in small exhibitions. This museum is not to be missed as it houses a rich array of masterpieces. The Art and Design bookshop is worth exploring as well.

Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00, Praha 7, +420 224 301 111,


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