Well, Let's Buy It. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and the Prague Castle‘s Art Collection
Prague Castle – Imperial Stables (Císařská konírna), Pražský hrad - II. nádvoří, Praha 1 - Hradčany, 119 08
- Fri 14. 9. 2018 – Sun 9. 12. 2018
The exhibition explores the history of the Prague Castle’s Art Collection, which was put together in 1920-1952. The art pieces were acquired thanks to the interests from the Masaryk’s National Fund. The exhibition features the works which the first Czechoslovakian president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, selected and purchased for Prague Castle.
Visitors will see more than 100 pictures. Together they „build up a story“ which explains how the acquired works should have presented Prague Castle as a symbol of a-new democratic republic. Visitors will find out that Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk preferred to acquire mostly works by Czech artists from the end of 19th century (Josef Mánes, Mikoláš Aleš, Antonín Slavíček); the second Czechoslovakian president, Edward Beneš, was also interested in modern art.
All of the exhibits usually decorate administrative and representative halls and lounges of the Castle. For the first time, visitors have a chance to see them exhibited in this way. The exhibits include The Portrait of Božena Němcová by Josef Vojtěch Hellich; The Mirror by Jaroslav Čermák, Antonín Slavíček’s A Motive from Kameničky, Otto Petrse‘ portraits of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk or Edward Beneš.