Saturday, October 15, 2016

170. Modern Art at the Veletrzni Palac

In my last post I shared with you three venues of the National Gallery in Prague - today's post explored a fourth venue - Veletrzni Palac - the Trade Fair Palace.

This very unassuming building in the suburbs of Prague ( well from the outside at least ... ) is home to the national collection of art from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries - and what an amazing collection it turns out to be.


At the time of its construction ( completed in 1928 ... ) this was the largest building of its kind in the world and the first Functionalist building in Prague ( Functionalism is the theory of the early 20th century that the design of a building should be determined by its function, rather than by aesthetic considerations ... ).

And the outside appearance gives the visitor very little indication of the sight that will greet you when you walk in through the giant glass doors off the busy noisy street ...


... six floors - off which run several exhibition halls housing the vast collection of over 2000 Czech and international modern and contemporary artworks. The extensive floor space of this unique gallery is more than 13k square meters and is pretty much a day's work for this wanderer.

gallery ...

Sulamit Rahu - bronze - 1910
by Jan Stursa

The Piano Keys / Lake - 1909 - by Frantisek Kupka
 
Autumn Sun - 1906 - by Frantisek Kupka

Money - 1899 - by Frantisek Kupka

Self-portrait - 1905 - by Frantisek Kupka

... wonderful long wide bright halls - deserted of tourists ...
 
Portrait of Vlasta Zindlova - 1911
by Stanislav Sucharda

Ruin of Life - 1902
by Bohumil Kafka

gallery ...

Coalesence of Souls - 1896
by Max Svabinsky

The Poor Country - 1900 by Max Svabinsky

Spring - 1906 - by Jan Preisler

In the Land of Peace - 1922
by Max Svabinsky

Under the Trees - 1895 - by Antonin Slavicek

Portrait of Mrs Mila Slavickova - 1902
by Antonin Hudecek

Charitas - 1886 - by Alfons Mucha
... and more of Mucha's magnificent works in another post ...

Portrait of Josephine Crane-Bradley - 1908
by Alfons Mucha

Birch Mood - 1897 - Antonin Slavicek

Murder in the House - 1890 - by Jakub Schikaneder

detail ...

Sorrowful Road - Sad Comeback - 1886
Jakub Schikaneder

Love, Thought and life - 1886 - by Maxmilian Pirner

Frenzy, Hatred and Death - 1886 - by Maxmilian Pirner

Inspiration - 1899 - by Vojtech Hynais

gallery ...

Nymph on a Dolphin - 1905 - by Benes Knupfer

Zaboj and Slavoj - 1882 - by Josef Vaclav Myselbek

gallery ...

Still Life with Skull - 1912 - by Bohumil Kubista

gallery ... 

Seated Nude - 1926 - by Otakar Kuban

gallery ...

Bouquet with Figures in the Background - 1930
by Vaclav Spala

Accordionist - 1930
by Josef Capek

Three Women in Bath - 1929
Rudolf Kremlicka

Girlfriends - 1924 - by Karel Dvorak

Mother and Child - 1915
by Josef Capek

Head - 1915 - by Josef Capek

Family - 1924 - by Frantisek Muzika

gallery ...

Three-Dimensional Composition - 1958
by Rene Roubicek

Landscape near Kislovodsk - 1913
by Aristarch Lentulov

Enigma III - 1965
by Ales Vesely

Pilgrim - 1920 - by Maxim Kopf

gallery ... 


It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon spent wandering these halls free of the noise and inconvenience of those pesky tour groups that seem to haunt the more popular attractions ...

And as tomorrow is Sunday, I thought I'd give you a bit of an insight into a few of the more ornate Prague churches ...