Archive

Dear researchers, according to the decision of the government, the Archive is closed to the public until further notice. Processing of research requests will be possible only to a limited extent, including the sending of reproductions of archival materials. In this case, contact us at archiv@ngprague.cz.

The Archive of the National Gallery Prague is a specialised professional unit dedicated to procuring, processing, protecting, and making accessible archival material documenting the development of the fine arts. The Archive collects documents created in the National Gallery Prague and its legal predecessors (Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, Fine Arts Association in Bohemia, Modern Gallery, Czech-Moravian Land Gallery), as well as documents of deceased artists, collectors, historians, theoreticians, and art critics. The Archive manages over 160 such personal legacies. The Archive also publishes the Art in the Archive book series, which uses the imprint format to provide access to select archival materials.

The NGP Archive comprises two departments: the first one manages the funds of the National Gallery Prague, its predecessors, and personal funds in the Schwarzenberg Palace. In the Trade Fair Palace, the second one administers collections of posters, exhibition catalogues, photographs, cuttings, and documents pertaining to NGP exhibitions from 1945 to this day.

Contact and Opening Hours 

Schwarzenberg Palace
Address: Hradčanské náměstí 2, Praha 1
Phone Number: 233 081 728
E-mail: archiv@ngprague.cz

Research Room Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday 9 AM⁠–⁠ 4 PM

Trade Fair Palace
Address: Dukelských hrdinů 47, Praha 7
Phone Number: 224 301 334
E-mail: marketa.kudlacova@ngprague.cz

Research Room Opening Hours:
Thursday 9 AM ⁠–⁠12 PM
Thursday 12.30⁠–⁠3 PM

Instructions for Researchers

  • Researchers are obliged to notify the staff of their visit to the Archive sufficiently in advance and specify which archival documents they wish to examine.
  • Archival materials may be selected from the list of Archive Funds and Collections.
  • The Archive of the NGP is governed by the Act No. 499/2004 Coll. on Archiving and Records Management, and Regulation No. 645/2004 Coll. as amended. The Regulation includes a Pricelist determining the amount charged for the services provided. The Archive produces digital reproductions of two-dimensional material only up to and including the A3 format. Larger archival material formats and digital reproductions of three-dimensional material are made by the Department of Photographic Documentation, which provides services in accordance with the National Gallery Prague Pricelist.
  • Taking photographs with one’s own digital camera for study purposes is free of charge. Digital reproduction of archival materials for publication purposes is provided on a contractual basis by the National Gallery Prague and is subject to charges set in the Price List. Applications are handled by NGP’s Collection Documentation Department (contact: registr@ngprague.cz).