The House of the Black Madonna
This building at Celetná no. 34 was designed by Josef Gočár between 1911 and 1912 as a multifunctional building with shops on the ground floor and offices, flats and the legendary Orient coffee house with its cubist furniture on the floors above. It is a real architectural masterpiece with huge Cubist windows and facades broken into multiple planes in order to create an unusual interplay of light and shade. Behind a grille on the first floor is the statue of the Madonna which gives the building its name. Upstairs is a beautiful and stylish café. Inside the building you can see a permanent exhibition on Czech Cubism, which is unique to Bohemia although Cubist painting is common in Europe.
The museum’s exhibits are shown over three floors and examine Czech cubism between 1910-1919. As with many of the galleries and museums under the the flag of the National Gallery, the exhibit is documented in Czech and English. (Cubist works may also be seen on the third floor of the National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace and at the Kampa Museum).
Address: Ovocný trh 19, Old Town, Admission: 100 CZK.
Display of Czech Cubism (December 3rd, 2015 – December 31st, 2017). The exhibition offers an overview of Czech Cubism, with a focus on interior design in the years 1911–1914, up to the early 1920s.