Trade Fair Palace
The Trade Fair Palace is one of the exhibition spaces of the National Gallery in Prague. On the area of more than thirteen thousand square meters, over 2000 exhibits of 20th and 21st century art are being presented. On display are the works of both major Czech and foreign authors, among them stand out names such as František Kupka, Emil Filla, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and many others. In addition to the paintings that make up the majority of the exhibits, visitors can also get acquainted with examples of architecture, furniture design, crafts, or fashion.
Formerly intended for trade fairs, this gem of Czech Functionalist architecture has been the seat of the National Gallery in Prague from 1976. Built in 1925–1928 after the plans of architects Josef Fuchs and Oldřich Tyl, the imposing building was the largest edifice of its kind in the world. First it served the Prague Sample Trade Fairs company and, after the war, it housed various foreign trade companies. The history of the building was dramatically affected on August 14, 1974, when it was nearly destroyed by a huge fire that took six days (until August 20) before being quenched. In 1976, a decision was made to renovate the building; the reconstruction progressed slowly and was finally completed in the 1990s.