Design is everywhere in Prague. Once called the “city of a hundred spires”, Prague is full of art, design and architecture. You can find almost all styles, from Romanesque (e.g. St. George’s Basilica founded in 920), Gothic (e.g. St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle), Renaissance (e.g. Royal Summer Palace), Baroque (e.g. Church of St Nicholas), Rococo (e.g. Grömling Palace), Art Nouveau (e.g. Prague main railway station), Cubism (e.g. House of the Black Madonna) to all kinds of new modern styles (e.g. Dancing House), sitting side by side in this capital city of the Czech Republic.
It is impossible to see all the art museums and galleries if you are in Prague for just a few days. And if you travel mainly for business, you may often be too busy to know anything other than the hotels and airports at the destinations you visit. But we at andel’s by Vienna House want to inspire you anyway! Therefore, in accordance with the famous proverb “If our guests can’t go to the mountain, the mountain must come to our guests”, we have arranged an exhibition in the lobby of andel’s by Vienna House Prague to let you see at least a bit of modern Czech art while checking in/out, working, or just waiting for another meeting in the reception area of the modernly designed hotel.
Which exhibition is waiting for you in the lobby?
Geometric shapes of statues are reminiscent of Cubist portraits and fit perfectly into the atmosphere and “passionate about design and hospitality” concept of our hotel, so that you may think they are here naturally and you can consider them as an inherent part of the hotel. Look closely and you will find all sorts of details about the young talented artist Michal Cimala and his magnificent work, the sculpture “Digital Father and Digital Child” and a few smaller heads from the Ecstasy exhibition. Cimala likes to experiment in his art, which is evident in the Ecstasy collection. He has stylized human heads, recreated, reshaped and transformed them in many possible ways. This exhibition was first presented in New York, then the Ex Post gallery in Prague and now you can see it exclusively at andel’s by Vienna House Prague.
More about the artist of Ecstasy
Michal Cimala was born in 1975 in Havířov, a small town in the north-east of the Czech Republic. After his studies, he spent a few years travelling the world. However, his journey eventually led him back to Prague. He lives only for art these days and is also interested in plenty of other creative activities. He works as a painter, sculptor, designer and musician. He was a co-founder of Trafacka Studios and Trafo Gallery, where he took part in several exhibitions and organized many cultural events. Since 2006 he has worked as an assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in the Sculpture I studio, led by Jaroslav Róna until 2013 and then by Lukáš Rittstein. His work is permanently exhibited in Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. His exhibitions “Explosive” in Trafo Gallery (2012), “Make War not Love” in the Chemistry Gallery (2013) and his exhibition in Prague House in Brussels were accompanied by catalogues.
If you have more free time in Prague, here are some tips to galleries where to go to explore the local modern art.
- National Gallery – Veletržní palác, Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00 Praha 7
The permanent exhibition of modern and contemporaty art of 20th and 21st century at Veletržní palác acquaints visitors with the development of Czech and foreign fine art during the course of the last two centuries. The exhibition presents the work of leading artists in Czech fine art in monographic profiles or in a selection of key works, along with the work of foreign artists. The image of the period is complemented with examples of architecture, furniture, the applied arts, fashion, design and stage design. You will also find photographs, drawings and prints concentrated in graphic cabinets. Alongside celebrated figures they have also included artists who have been neglected in the past or are yet to be discovered. Read more
- DOX Gallery – Poupětova 1, Praha 7
The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art is a multi-functional space focusing on the presentation of contemporary art, architecture, and design. It was created thanks to a private initiative through the reconstruction of a former factory in Prague’s Holešovice district, and its mission is to present contemporary Czech and international art within the context of important social topics that are shaping and transforming today’s world. Read more
- Muzeum Kampa – U Sovových mlýnů 2, Praha 1 (Malá Strana)
Museum Kampa has in its care several very important and extensive collections, which includes two icons of 20th century art, František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund, as well as Central European modern art. The collection of Central European art serves not only as a reminder of the so called Eastern Bloc but also contributes to the awareness of modern Czech culture. Museum Kampa provides the general public access to these art collections and, at the same time, organizes a wide range of temporary exhibitions of both Czech and international artists. Among those who have been exhibited in the museum are Yoko Ono, Frank Malina, Joseph Beuys, Matěj Krén, Julian Opie, Piet Mondrian, Theodor Pištěk and Andy Warhol, just to name a few. Read more
Curious? Come to see not just our extraordinary expositions. We are looking forward to welcoming you at andel´s by Vienna House Prague. Book your stay here.