Cubism and Rondocubism

Although Cubism was first visible in the late paintings of Paul Cezanne, it was not until 1908 in Paris when the world was exposed to the term Cubism. Due to a startling exhibition by Georges Braque in November of 1908, the term Cubism was coined thanks to art critic Louis Vauxcelles, who described what he saw as geometric schemas and cubes. Cubism, Futurism and Expressionism gained popularity and gained social status in Europe during this time with Pablo Picasso being the most recognized Cubist involved. Parisian artists produced a prolific number of works during Cubism, but there was one specific country that designed and produced Cubist architecture, and that was the current Czech Republic. This is the only place you will find Cubist as well as Rondocubist architecture. The famous Czech group included the painters Emil Filla, Antonin Prochazka, Josef Capek, the architects Pavel Janak, Josef Gocar, Josef Chochol, Vlastislav Hofman, the writer Karel Capek and the sculptor Otto Gutfreund. Producing everything from paintings to teacups and houses, this group has left an interesting architectural and artistic legacy in the Czech lands. 

  • Prague Cubist Architecture | The House at the Black Madonna The House at the Black Madonna

    Built from a reinforced concrete skeleton from the School of Chicago, the House at the Black Madonna is truly an engineering feat and delight. Architect Josef Gočár finished the house between 1911 and 1912, adhering to strict codes from the city of Prague regarding the historical building authorities. To try to incorporate a Cubist building into the historical Old Town proved difficult, as surrounding buildings were protected and mainly Baroque in style. Strange as it may seem, Lubos Jeabek from Prague City Council...

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  • Prague Cubist Architecture | Kovarovic Villa Kovarovic Villa

    Located under the imposing rocks of Vysehrad is a small area home to an interesting assembly of buildings, the neo Classical Villa by Emil Kralicek, the Sequens Villa, Modern in design, by Otakar Novotny, and the impressive Cubist Kovarovic Villa by Josef Chochol. Kovarovic Villa is a must see for lovers of architecture, following of course, a viewing of the House of the Black Madonna. The villa is a wonderful expression of Cubism, inspired by the works of Braque and...

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  • Cubist Lamp Post | Cubism in Prague Lamp Post

    The only Cubist lamp post in the world is found in the city of Prague amid a combination of architectural styles including the Functionalist Bata building, the Gothic Church of our Our Lady of the Snow, and the Secession Adam Pharmacy building. Such is the scenery of the center of Prague; different architecture styles coexist on the uniform cobblestone streets. The lamp post by Emil Kralicek, is tucked away in a corner off of Wenceslas Square and is worth seeing...

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  • Adria Palace | Prague Adria Palace

    Located in the district of Prague 1 – New Town in the gorgeous city center at the corner of Jungmannova náměstí and Národní třída is Adria Palace, a true architectural gem. This significant architectural monument is both unique and unforgettable and houses an al fresco cafe that overlooks the architecturally interesting square, a famous theater and an interesting antique books dealer on the bottom level. Adria Palace, a marvel of Rondocubism, an architectural style originating and only present in the...

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  • Legio Bank Building | Prague Legio Bank Building

    Located on bustling Na poříčí Street leading to the business area of Florence is the Legio Bank Building, a prime example of Rondocubism in Prague. The Legio Bank is a must see for lovers of architecture. Designed by Josef Gočár and built in 1921 – 1923, the building was an excellent example of Czech nationalism at the time. The impressive building features a façade designed by famous Czech Cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund, the first Cubist sculptor in the world; the...

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