Building a State: The Representation of Czechoslovakia in Art, Architecture and Design

Date: 20.11.2015 - 07.02.2016
Place: Trade Fair Palace

Organized by the National Gallery in Prague and UMPRUM in connection with a research project supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture (NAKI)

With select exhibits of various art media on display, this exhibition shows the ways in which Czechoslovakia was presented in 1918–1939 and 1945–1992 as a state entity, and how the visual arts and its institutions played a role in representing the country. The list of art media is extremely broad and ranges from small- and large-scale oil paintings and bronze sculptures to prints, photographs, installations, and architectural models and plans, to films and even product design, exhibition design and organization, and the clothing made by the Centre for Folk Art Production. Instead of the usual art-history canon, this exhibition will present a cross-section of the true form of the period’s visual history.

The exhibition will include the publication of a large catalogue with abundant pictorial documentation and interesting essays. Accompanying programs will be geared toward both children and youth, and the older generations – the witnesses of Czechoslovakia.

Authors: Milena Bartlová, Karel Císař, Anna Hejmová, Lada Hubatová-Vacková, Kaliopi Chamonikola, Johana Lomová, Martina Pachmanová, Veronika Rollová, Cyril Říha, Jindřich Vybíral, Jan Wollner, cooperation Katarína Bajcurová

Curated by: Milena Bartlová

Architect: Tomáš Svoboda

Design: Jan Čumlivski

Photography: Ondřej Přibyl (CZ), Olja Triaška Stefanovič (Slovakia)

Timeline: proposal - Karel Šima and Milena Bartlová, realization - Tomáš Svoboda


Entrance fee

Basic: 180 CZK (citizens of 15 to 64 years)
Reduced: 90 CZK (children of 6 to 15 years, students up to 26 years with valid certificate of study and holders of discount cards)
Seniors citizens over 65 years: free entry
Family: 350 CZK 

School group: 20 CZK/pers.

Opening hours
Daily except Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Basic180 CZK
Reduced90 CZK
Family350 CZK
School groups20 CZK
Trade Fair Palace, Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7

Getting here
Metro C – Vltavská
Tram 6, 17 – Veletržní palác
Tram 1, 6, 8, 12, 17, 25, 26 – Strossmayerovo náměstí
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