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
If you haven’t been here before, you have got to check this place out. This teahouse is more than just a teahouse —- The name “A Maze in Tchaiovna” is a play on the words “amazing + maze” and “tchaiovna” which means teahouse in Czech. Why maze? This teahouse is filled with many hidden doors (book-shelves that you must push/pull to reveal doorways), and secret entrances which lead to a collec-tion of rooms that you would not have imagined to be there. A great place if you need a place to hideout if it ever comes down to it. What makes this place even more special is that it brings people together. Their mission is to keep people connected and