Open Storage of the Art of Asia, the exhibition devoted to the cultural heritage of Asia and its glorious history, opens its doors to visitors at Trade Fair Palace. The installation presents more than 600 artworks from Asian provinces displayed in three-dimensional space. The Trade Fair Palace plans to display Asian sculptures and artworks till January 8, 2023. So, mark this date in the calendar to enjoy the exhibition during autumn or the prolonged Christmas break. Installation background Asian sculptures and artworks have a long history with Prague, especially different outlets of the National Gallery in Prague (NGP). Initially, all artifacts from Open Storage of the Art of Asia were located in the Kinský palace. There, they lived quite a
What qualifies as art? Or, better yet, what qualifies as good art? Anyone who’s stepped into a gallery knows “art” is up to personal interpretation, and in most cases, everyone’s a critic. You say the Mona Lisa is a masterpiece, I say a visit to the Louvre translates to “what? That’s it?” I say the canvas with the single red dot is thought-provoking, you say your five year old could paint better. Tastes and preferences vary, but could it be possible to bring art together into a melting pot of ideas? Can old masters be shown next to Japanese prints? Can antiquities be shown with modern sculptures? Can a combination of ages, styles, and mediums work in a gallery setting?
A Cubist Cafe in Prague? Yes. Are you an architecture-junkie? Let me give you a hit and turn your attention towards The Madonna House (also known as “The House of the Black Mother”, or “U Černé Matky Boží” in Czech). Luckily for us, it’s located right in the heart of Prague’s Old Town and is noted as the only surviving Cubist interior in the world. Josef Gočár was only 31 years old when he designed the building in 1911 which originally was supposed to be a department store. With angular windows and its unique balconies, it symbolizes the Czech contribution to the cubist movement in its entirety. This building was open for ten years until it shut down due to