Toyen, Screen, 1966, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris

Toyen: The Dreaming Rebel

8/4—22/8 2021
This international exhibition is organized by the National Gallery Prague, the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris.

Toyen is one of the most original and best-known twentieth-century Czech artists; she also rose to fame in her own lifetime in France, which became her permanent home in 1947. All over the world her distinct oeuvre and fresh attitudes have been attracting ever-growing interest both in her and her work, yet opportunities to see it in its entirety have been scarce.

The last large exhibition of Toyen’s work was held in Prague in 2000 and then in Saint-Etienne, France two years later. It is surprising that there has never been a broad retrospective in Paris, and Toyen remains almost unknown in Germany. Spearheaded by three prestigious institutions ⁠–⁠ National Gallery Prague, Hamburger Kunsthalle and Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris ⁠–⁠ this international project seeks to present her oeuvre to European audiences as fully as possible with three exhibitions and a detailed catalogue published in four different language versions.

The first stage takes place in Prague’s Waldstein Riding School. The exhibition is conceived chronologically and divided into time-specific parts to mirror key periods of Toyen’s career. It likewise highlights Toyen’s recurring signature themes such as eroticism and alchemy. It also showcases her extensive work in illustration in addition to her paintings and drawings. Importance is also given to Toyen’s crucial collaborations with her friends from the Prague and Paris Surrealist groups ⁠–⁠ painters and poets such as Jindřich Štyrský, Jindřich Heisler, André Breton, Benjamin Péret, Radovan Ivsic, and Annie Le Brun.

The artworks are loaned from Czech and European museums and private collections.

The project is conceived by curators Anna Pravdová, Annie Le Brun, and Annabelle Görgen. We are also preparing a rich side program.


The exhibition is only accesible with a ticket pre-bought for a specific day and time. If you have the right to a reduced ticket or a free entrance (a voucher or a discount card), reserve a "standard ticket" and confirm it in "Payment method", then pick up your ticket at the Waldstein Riding School’s cashier and show a document justifying the discount. The reservation is valid for 7 days and expires at maximum 48 hours before entering the exhibition. The tickets can be also bought at the Waldstein Riding School’s cashier.

The NGP Club of Friends members have the opportunity to reserve time-slot tickets online. Tickets are reserved by choosing the category „NGP Club of Friends member“, the reservation is complete after sending the reservation. Tickets are sent via email, it is not necessary to pick up the reservation at the ticket office. While entering the exhibition, members have to show the ticket and a valid NGP Club of Friends membership card. More information about time-slot tickets reservation for NGP Club of Friends members can be found here.

Your ticket is valid for 80 minutes. We ask you to arrive on time. By purchasing a ticket, you accept the Visiting Rules of the National Gallery Prague. Neither paid entrance nor other charges can be returned, tickets can not be changed.
Opening hours of the exhibition:
Tuesday: 10PM ⁠–⁠ 7PM
Wednesday⁠–⁠Sunday: 10PM ⁠–⁠ 8.30PM    

Event partners

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris
Bohemian Heritage Fund
Institut français de Prague
Radio 1