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Visit Vital Art Nouveau Treasures

Published on July 24th, 2014 in Sights

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Art Nouveau isn't all postcards and advertisements—it is actually an important movement (one of my personal favorites) that set the stage for an exciting new century of Fin de siècle art and architecture. And what better place for a new exhibit celebrating Vital Art Nouveau then the Municipal House (Obecní dům), itself one of the best examples of Art Nouveau design in Prague? This glass-domed stunner, once the site of the Royal Court (1383), was completely refurbished in 1912 and is now home to the celebrated Smetana Hall, a grand café, several restaurants, and a gallery which hosts the current wide-ranging exhibition. Everything from Art Nouveau posters to glass to, my personal favorites, jewelry and furniture is on loan from Prague's Museum of Decorative Arts. Fans of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha will be especially pleased to discover his Roman Period and Arrival of the Slavs, painted for Bosnia-Herzegovina’s pavilion at the 1900 World’s Fair.

 

If you appreciate the ornamental Art Nouveau style or are simply intrigued by the rich and fascinating history surrounding the national revival in the Czech Republic, this exhibit will not disappoint. I also suggest that you pop into the Municipal House's elegant American Bar with its impressive First Republic interior for a cocktail—rumor has it that this was the first cocktail bar in Prague to admit unescorted ladies!

 

Vital Art Nouveau

Obecní dům
hours Daily 10am-7pm, through December 31, 2015
tickets 150 CZK
metro Náměstí Republiky
tram 8, 24, 26 to Náměstí Republiky

 

 

 

 

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