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Public Art in Prague

Modern sculpture amid historic buildings in central Prague

Modern sculpture amid historic buildings in central Prague

While I search for the artist information for this sculpture, I’ll post it here in hopes someone can help identify it. This was photographed in Prague in November, 2013. A nearby gallery may have been exhibiting work by the same artist. This embarrassing lack of detail is a great reminder to myself to take better notes when I’m shooting. I can’t even name the intersection.

But I think I could find it. It isn’t too far from the Museum of Alchemy, which we visited and reported on for Travel Past 50.

From the Slav Epic by Alfons Mucha, National Gallery, Prague

From the Slav Epic by Alfons Mucha, National Gallery, Prague

For more art in Prague, we recommend the National Gallery at Veletržní Palace. Though the building is a boring example of 1980s institutional architecture (the original burned down in 1974), don’t be fooled. The interior soaring spaces hold plenty of interest, and the permanent exhibit is a great survey of contemporary art and design. What inspired my visit was the temporary exhibit of Alfons Mucha. It consists of 20 huge canvases (more than 6 x 8 meters each) known as the Slav Epic. It’s a great opportunity to see these works collectively, and the exhibit runs through 2015. There’s time!

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One Response to “Public Art in Prague”

  1. Thanks to my friend and world citizen Dave Ritsema, who correctly ID’d the artist: David Cerny. He’s only about the most popular and well know contemporary artist from CZ, and I missed it! At any rate, enjoy samples of his work here at the David Cerny site: http://www.davidcerny.cz/start.html

    Posted by khenning | April 7, 2014, 8:21 pm

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