On Wednesday afternoon, May 2, we visited National Gallery in Prague. The reason was that it was the first Wednesday in month, which is the day of free entrance from 15:00 to 20:00. We took a lift to the fifth floor and on the way down we had a look through permanent exhibitions. And what did we see?
On the fifth floor, at the moment, there is an exhibition China Beyond Graphics which shows contemporary Chinese graphic design, and also designs and drawings for upcoming Olympic games in Beijing. It runs until June 3. Also, there is a nice exhibition of Latvian architecture. We haven’t spent much time there, and went down to the forth floor, a big part of it was the art of the 19th century. I liked works of Manes and Piepenhagen. There were also few paintings by Mucha. The third floor was more interesting, though. At the beginning, there is couple of eye-catching pieces by Kupka, e.g. the Colossus of Rhodes, and statues by Rodin. The most interesting part of this floor was the French collection of art of 19th and 20th century. One can see paintworks of Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, van Gogh, Cezanne, Braque, Picasso, and many others. Then we descended to the second floor. That is Czech art between 1930 and 2000. Avant-garde, surrealism, socialistic realism, and also architecture, photography, glass and ceramics, etc. I didn’t like it much, maybe because I didn’t understand it. To us, that was enough of cultural enrichment for the day, we skipped the first floor and left the gallery. For completion, there is a collection of foreign art on the first floor.
National Gallery in Prague is located in the street Dukelskych hrdinu 47, take tram no. 12, 14, 15, or 17 to stop Veletrzni. If you don’t want to wait for the free Wednesday, be prepared to pay 160 CZK for the tiket (from 16:00 only 100 CZK, or 80 CZK reduced). Normally, it is open from 10:00 to 18:00 except Mondays. There is also a cafe and few computers with internet access. To point out one deficiency, the air in the gallery is very bad and hard, like in churches, might be irritating sometimes.
May 9, 15:27 (Filed under: Culture )