Works from the National Gallery in Prague on Loan in London, Amsterdam and Vienna
The National Gallery in Prague’s Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art has lent its paintings to prominent exhibition projects abroad.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse on view at the Royal Academy of Art in London (30 January – 20 April 2016) examines the role that gardens played in the evolution of art. The selection of paintings features works by artists, who found the subject to be of crucial importance, with a focus on paintings from Giverny by Claude Monet. The National Gallery in Prague has loaned from its collections one of Monet’s masterpieces: Women in the Flowers of 1875, for which the artist sought inspiration in his garden atArgenteuil. In 1923, the canvas was purchased by the Czechoslovak State. The exhibition in London closes on April 20, 2016.
The exhibition Splendeurs et misères. Images de la prostitution, 1850–1910 (19 February – 19 June 2016), that has moved from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to its next venue – the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, is devoted to the social and cultural aspects of the theme of prostitution. This subject has been amply thematised in literature, as well as painting and sculpture. The National Gallery in Prague has supported this exhibition project by lending two works from its collections of Czech and French art: Gallien’s Girl (1909–1910) by František Kupka and Moulin Rouge (1892) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Klimt, Kupka, Picasso und andere – Formkunst (10 March – 19 June 2016) explores the development of Viennese and Czech art after 1900. While centring on the themes of geometry and construction, this Vienna-based exhibition also showcases works by Czech artists, comprising Cubist painting, sculpture, architecture and decorative arts produced between 1910 and 1920. The Galerie Belvedere also presents a superb collection of paintings on loan from the National Gallery in Prague, created by such names as František Kupka, Josef Čapek, Bohumil Kubišta, Otakar Kubín and Otto Gutfreund, and including an architectural model by Josef Chochol.