Czech Cubism. Old Town. Prague

Czech Cubism

The Museum of Decorative Arts present their particular choices into the peerless Cubist House associated with Black Madonna, which is an ideal backdrop, or rather, a fitting complement to them. The initial items and furniture of this duration tend to be shown in a traditional environment – the convention space becomes part of the exhibition.

The latest permanent event of Czech Cubism happens to be exposed towards the public since December 2015. It's based at the distinctive detailed building – the House associated with the Ebony Madonna within ‘Ovocný trh’ former fresh fruit marketplace at the heart of Prague. The building, which was initially a trading residence, is it self a cubist treasure. Its author is Josef Gočár – one of several leading Czech architects of the first 50 % of the twentieth century. Although his abilities discovered appearance primarily in architecture, his styles for furniture, clocks and lighting effects have, quite often, defined Czech Cubism as a unique design in its own right.

The sharp sides, intersecting planes, crystalline structures – the typical elements of Czech Cubism, make for a wholly initial art activity in globe terms, one which was born in Prague around 1910, whenever several youthful avant-garde architects and musicians used the revolutionary Cubist concepts, as coated by Picasso and Braque, to architecture and used art. Cubism was originally a movement in French artwork, which continued to locate its very own niche in Czech structure. It is on the basis of the thought the fundamental condition is a cube, and so any work of art composed of geometric shapes derived from a cube is much more impressive and content-rich.

The “Czech Cubism” event on two floors for the building shows a cross-section of Czech Cubism, centered on interior decorating and décor for the 1911–1914 period, up to the early 1920s. an agent collection of considerable furniture suites and standalone pieces by Pavel Janák, Josef Gočár, Vlastislav Hofman, Josef Chochol, Otakar Novotný and Antonín Procházka is complemented by pottery, ironwork, ornamental wallpaper designs, posters and applied art. The conceptual interlinking of no-cost and used art in Cubist period is represented by chosen works of Cubist painting and sculpture – paintings by Emil Filla, Bohumil Kubišta, Josef Čapek, Václav Špála and Otokar Kubín and sculptures by Otto Gutfreund. The structure is brought closer by forecasts based on modern design, complemented by a selection of period photographs and published architectural designs.

As part of the event additionally there is a dynamic area targeted at Cubist furniture. Not even close to all the items being of the “do maybe not touch” variety – you are able to attempt them away, how it feels to stay on a Cubist chair, including.

After your visit to the event, you can easily have pleasure in an additional portion of Cubism. The Grand Café Orient from the first-floor of your home within Ebony Madonna is typically the initial, and also the just Cubist coffee house on earth. Its renovated interior within the Cubist design, together with its tempting variety of meals and drinks, brings above a reminiscence of history fame of café culture; a delight for several five senses. Among your options is a specifically ‘Cubist’ Czech cream puff.


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