Galerie hlavního města Prahy

GHMP in Numbers

 

 

The Prague City Gallery in Numbers

 

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the second most important gallery in the Czech Republic
 
 
 

8

buildings under its management >
At present, the Prague City Gallery manages eight buildings open to the public.
 
Soon after its establishment in 1963, the Gallery exhibited a significant collection of sculptures, drawings and graphic works by František Bílek in the artistʼs villa > in Prague. In 1994, it received an addition in the form of Bílekʼs permanent exhibition in his native house in Chýnov > near Tábor. Yet another art-historical building and, simultaneously, a specific exhibition space managed by the Gallery is the Baroque Troja Château > with its French garden, grafting yard and orangery, ranking among the most significant examples of Baroque architecture in the Czech lands. Extensive, space-demanding exhibitions have been organized since 1988 in the Gothic Stone Bell House > in the Old Town Square in Prague; since 1994 they have also been hosted by the exhibition halls of the Prague Municipal Library > which were originally built for this very purpose. Another distinctive exhibition building of the Prague City Gallery is the historical Golden Ring House > in Ungelt in the Old Town, acquired in the latter half of the 1990s. In 2010, the Prague City Gallery became the keeper of the Baroque Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace >, where it is planning to concentrate its entire administration and build its information center next to its exhibition spaces. Moreover, in the same year, the Gallery took over the Prague House of Photography >
 
 

52

years since the establishment of the Prague City Gallery >
The first impulse for the establishment of a picture gallery of the city of Prague came from the newly founded Fine Arts Society headed by the painter Josef Mánes in the 1860s. The aim was not only to benefit the public, but also to support contemporary artists. The Prague city council eventually began to purchase their works, albeit only occasionally. The city collection gradually developed also thanks to donations from individuals and institutions.
 
It was significantly enriched at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries by an extensive collection of paintings by Jaroslav Čermák, donated by Hippolyta Gallaitová, and a collection of works by Václav Brožík from Knight Václav Špaček of Starburg. The idea of a gallery of the city of Prague became topical again after the establishment of the independent Czechoslovak Republic. The new building of the Municipal Library from the late 1920s already housed exhibition halls directly reserved for the gallery.
 
Around the same time, in 1928, the city of Prague received a generous gift from Alfons Mucha: a series of monumental canvases The Slav Epic >. By administrative measures, the Prague city council ensured greater consistency in purchases intended for the gallery by engaging sculptor Ladislav Šaloun as the permanent artistic consultant in 1927.
Until the beginning of the Second World War, the city of Prague managed to acquire many outstanding works of modernism of the 20th century, which have now become classic, from contemporary exhibitions (by painters such as Emil Filla, Rudolf Kremlička, Otakar Kubín, Jan Bauch, František Muzika, Josef Šíma, Václav Špála, Jindřich Štyrský and Jan Zrzavý and sculptors such as Otto Gutfreund and Josef Wagner).
 
After the Second World War, the plans to establish a city gallery intensified in the second half of the 1950s and the National Committee of the Capital City of Prague bought works at contemporary exhibitions for this purpose.
 
The many years of effort were crowned on 1 May 1963, when the Prague City Gallery was founded.
 
 
 

400

artifacts in its care >
The Prague City Gallery has been entrusted with the care of monuments, public sculptures, plaques and fountains in the city of Prague, including their restoration and placement of new ones – it has 400 artifacts in its care, of which 208 have been installed.
 
 
 

700

exhibitions organized since its establishment >
in order to present to the public important issues and greatest personalities of Czech art from the late 19th century and the early 20th century up to now. These projects include exhibitions by Antonín Slavíček, František Bílek, Josef Váchal, Toyen, Jindřich Štýrský, Josef Šíma, Karel Teige, František Tichý, Vladimír Boudník, Zdeněk Rykr, Karel Malich, Václav Boštík, Adriena Šimotová and many other artists who fundamentally influenced the history of Czech modern art.
 
At the moment, one of the main lines of the exhibition strategy of the Prague City Gallery is mapping the oeuvre of those classics of Czech art who have not been adequately evaluated in terms of current research work. These projects include exhibitions of the life’s work by Radek Kratina, Stanislav Podhrázský, Viktor Kolář >, Dalibor Chatrný >, Jan Kubíček > and Milan Grygar > as well as Ján Mančuška >, a key figure in contemporary Czech art of the so-called post-revolutionary second wave.
 
 
 

14 522

works of art currently under its management >
It collects, professionally preserves, scientifically processes and exhibits Czech art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
 
 
 

255 050

visitors in 2014.
 
 
 

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