1918–1938: The First Czechoslovak Republic
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace (Národní galerie Praha – Veletržní palác), Dukelských hrdinů 47, Praha 7 - Holešovice, 170 00
Icons of Art
The permanent exhibition introduces the rich and cosmopolitan art scene in the young independent Czechoslovakia between 1918 and 1938. It is based on the collections of the National Gallery Prague, complemented with loans from institutions and private collections.
The exhibition is interdisciplinary, presenting not only visual artworks but also other cultural forms that flourished during the first republic, such as book illustrations, design, graphic design, etc. It presents the art of the first republic through the eyes of a 1920s and 1930s art goer and introduces prominent galleries, art clubs and institutions, as well as the important cultural centres of the young state. The curators also partly reconstruct important exhibitions that were held in these centres during the first republic period (the exhibition of the Tvrdošíjní group, the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Brno, Poesie 32, the First Exhibition of Surrealists in Czechoslovakia).
The exhibition introduces important cultural events of the period and emphasizes the first republic's cosmopolitan and multinational character.