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Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace Permanent 1918–1938: First Czechoslovak Republic
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace Permanent 1930–Present: Czech Modern Art
Praha 1, Schwarzenberg palace Permanent Old Masters
Praha 1, Schwarzenberg palace Permanent Line, Light, Shade: Selected Masterpieces of European Drawings and Prints from the 17th and 18th Centuries
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace Permanent 1918–1938: First Czechoslovak Republic
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace Permanent 1796–1918: Art of the Long Century
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace Permanent 1930–Present: Czech Modern Art
Praha 1, Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia Permanent Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe 1200–1550
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 6/3/2020 – 10/1/2021 Kurt Gebauer
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 6/3 – 22/11/2020 A Dream within a Dream: Edgar Allan Poe and Art in the Czech Lands
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 6/3 – 22/11/2020 No Demolition! Forms of Brutalism in Prague
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 6/3/2020 – 10/1/2021 Echoes of the Venice Biennale: Stanislav Kolíbal
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 6/3/2020 – 10/1/2021 Open Storage of the Art of Asia
Praha 1, Waldstein Riding School 11/9/2020 – 10/1/2021 Mikuláš Medek: Naked in a Thorn Bush
Praha 1, Kinsky Palace 25/9/2020 – 31/1/2021 Rembrandt: Portrait of a Man
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 15/10/2020 – 20/5/2021 Seznamte se s uměním ve sbírkách Národní galerie Praha (10:30)
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 16/10/2020 – 28/2/2021 Markéta Othová
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 16/10/2020 – 28/2/2021 Igor Korpaczewski
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace wed 4/11 18:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Nebourat! Podoby brutalismu v Praze
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace thu 5/11 18:00 Diskuze Kurt Gebauer a Zdeněk Hůla
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace sun 8/11 16:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Ozvěny Benátského bienále: Stanislav Kolíbal
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace wed 11/11 18:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Kurt Gebauer s Michalem Novotným
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace sun 22/11 16:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Nebourat! Podoby brutalismu v Praze
Praha 1, Waldstein Riding School sat 28/11 16:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Mikuláš Medek: Nahý v trní
Praha 1, Waldstein Riding School sun 27/12 16:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Mikuláš Medek: Nahý v trní
Praha 1, Waldstein Riding School 6/1/2021 18:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Mikuláš Medek: Nahý v trní
Praha 1, Waldstein Riding School 9/1/2021 16:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Mikuláš Medek: Nahý v trní
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 10/1/2021 14:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Ozvěny Benátského bienále: Stanislav Kolíbal
Praha 7, Trade Fair Palace 10/1/2021 16:00 Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Kurt Gebauer s Markétou Čejkovou

About The National Gallery

The history of the National Gallery in Prague started to be written on 5 February 1796 when a group of significant representatives of the patriotically oriented Czech nobility along with several middle-class intellectuals from the ranks of Enlightenment movement decided (to put it in period terminology) to "elevate the deteriorated taste of the local public."

The corporation, which received the title Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, then established two important institutions which Prague had, up until then, lacked: the Academy of Fine Arts and the publicly accessible Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts. The Picture Gallery became a direct predecessor of, what is today, the National Gallery in Prague. In 1902 the Picture Gallery was accompanied by yet another significant institution , the Modern Gallery of the Kingdom of Bohemia, as a private foundation of Emperor Franz Joseph I. The Modern Gallery then began to build its core collection of 20th century art.

In 1918 the Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts turned into a central art collection of the new Czechoslovak state. In 1919, Vincenc Kramář was appointed the Gallery’s director and, in a short time, succeeded to turn the institution into a relatively modern and a professionally run gallery. In the complicated war period, in 1942, the funds of the abolished Modern Gallery were transferred under the management of the National (or more officially, Czech-Moravian Land) Gallery. A 1949 law regarding the National Gallery then legally “sanctified” this situation.

The National Gallery in Prague was established by and its activity is based on Law No. 148/1949 Coll. on the National Gallery in Prague.

The original idea that has lasted since the establishment of the National Gallery has been present in all the complicated peripeties of the Gallery’s development: to elevate the nation’s spirit through works of art. This ideal is considered the mission of the National Gallery even today.

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