National Gallery Prague - Trade Fair Palace Praha
Formerly intended for trade fairs, this gem of Czech Functionalist architecture has been the seat of the National Gallery 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.
The Largest Art Collection in the Czech Republic
Our 399,000 collection items contain exquisite art from all time periods. On top of that, the best works are regularly on display in permanent exhibitions and short-term expositions. Discover for yourself the original artworks by Albrecht Dürer, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso as well as Czech artists – Václav Hollar, Josef Václav Myslbek, Toyen, Jan Preisler, František Kupka, Zdeněk Sýkora and Adriena Šimotová. You may view a selection of the most interesting works on the online collections, too. There are high-quality photographs in the public presentation of collection items, accompanied by basic information on the works and their authors; who knows, maybe you will also go one step further, having your favourite public domain artwork printed on a poster or a T-shirt. Close to 2,000 paintings, sculptures, and other items are at your disposal.
The National Gallery Prague hosts exhibitions in seven buildings in the city centre. Our yearlong exhibition programme presents a vast variety of subjects and personalities, covering not only the Czech art scene, but also striving to introduce crucial aspects of Central European, European and world art to the Czech audience. The recent exhibitions our visitors enjoyed the most comprised those of French Impressionism, Ai Weiwei, Alberto Giacometti and Katharina Grosse.