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FRANTIŠEK KUPKA: 1871-1957
The most extensive exhibition of his work thus far presents Kupka´s oeuvre from his earliest pieces created in 1890´s until his abstract works from the 50s. The exhibition consists of different thematised parts, which help visitors follow his creative journey from symbolism to abstraction. The retrospective exhibition emphasises his symbolist paintings, expressionist portraits, colour verticals, his unique language of colours and shapes, mechanism and geometrical abstraction. Kupka’s works on paper present him as a satirical drawer and a great illustrator, an artist interested in philosophy, religion, antics and science. This is a unique opportunity to see an extraordinary collection of oil paintings, works on paper, graphic prints and documentational material, with loans from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Albertina and other institutions.
POST WAR ART: 1945-1989
The new permanent exposition of post-war art will highlight two basic principles of the attitude towards fine art. The first one is the perception of fine art as a bearer of artistic and spiritual values. Paintings, drawings, other works on paper and sculptures will demonstrate the links of post-war art to surrealism, the Paris school, and new poetics of modern life. The second one explores the perception of art work as a part of a social and cultural situation. Different productive and audio-visual means will point at some important topics such as Expo exhibitions, public art, art happenings, design of posters and publication, underground art in the 70s and 80s.
FIRST REPUBLIC: 1918-1938
The new permanent exhibition presents fine art works, design gems and literature pieces which were created within the period of 1918-1938. The exhibits are partially from the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, however, some of them are also from other institutions or private collections.