The Museum of Czech Cubism in the House of the Black Madonna was closed in September of 2012. In the future, the exhibition should reopen in the National Gallery's Veletržní Palace.
In the remarkable House of the Black Madonna designed by Josef Gocar, is a wonderful comprehensive collection of Czech Cubism. The museum is housed on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the Cubist house. The first floor showcases the exquisite Grand Cafe Orient, while the ground floor houses the interesting Kubista (The Cubist) gift shop selling architecture books on Cubism, and the Modern, jewelry and Cubist ceramics. To understand Czech Cubism and its important place in Art history, it is pertinent to see at least one exhibition on Cubism while in Prague, and with the House of the Black Madonna being an actual Cubist structure; it should be the place you visit. The second floor displays some plaster and bronze sculptures by the famous Otto Gutfreund, most notably the acclaimed sculptures titled Anxiety (1911 to 1912, Bronze) and Holding Each Other (1913 to 1914, Bronze), paintings by Emil Fila and Bohumil Kubista (the Cezanne influenced Kiss of Death, 1912), and Cubist furniture. A lovely sofa and chair set, and glass chandelier greet you round the corner; designed by Josef Gocar for the Actor Frantisek Kysela. The third floor displays vibrant Fauvist inspired paintings by Antonin Prochozka, colorful creations from Otakar Kubin, who adapted his coloration skills based on the works of Van Gogh and Gauguin, design sketches and black and white photographs of finished Cubist structures and buildings by the leading artists of the day, exhibition posters and more innovative furniture (the Dressing Table by Pavel Janak is simply gorgeous). The forth and last floor features information on the lives of the Czech Cubists, drawings, woodcuts, watercolors, and current tribal masks from around the world, showing the similarity and why Picasso was so inspired by them.
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