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The Coolest Museums and Galleries in Prague
So we kind of know what you’re thinking. Museums & galleries? Either you’ve seen them all (at least the ones you read about in your travel guide – come on, fess up!) or you’re just ‘not that into art’ (shame on you… shame!). Either way, you’re done with museums and galleries. Finito. Over it. Am I right or am I right?
Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but we’re not buying that. The thing is, Prague has a variety of really cool and unique museums, galleries & alternative art spaces which will make even the biggest art non-enthusiasts (OK, we may have just invented that word) wax lyrical about the latest Damien Hirst piece. Don’t believe us? Read on & join the cultural revolution. We dare you. After all, you may just awaken your inner Banksy in Prague!
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
This is the contemporary art mecca of Prague. Once upon a time DOX was a factory – that explains its typically industrial appearance. We love this place because it usually showcases 3 or 4 DIFFERENT exhibitions at once (getting our money’s worth!), has a rad design shop (one of the best in Prague, in our humble opinion) and organizes a plethora of art-related events. We think Jeff Koons would approve.
U Sovových mlýnů 2, Prague 1 – Malá Strana
Once again, the history of this place dates way back (research actually traces it as far back as the 10th century – no joke!). Kampa is a pretty awesome contemporary art museum, full of pieces from the private collection of Meda and Jan Mládek (when you visit Kampa, be sure to read about their lives… interesting & fascinating!). Taking pics with the ‘baby’ sculptures, which are located right outside the museum, is also a must.
Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1
This is a bit of a hidden gem. You may think that because the Rudolfinum gallery is located in the same building as the Czech Philharmonic, it must be a stuffy and boring art gallery. But nothing could be further from the truth. This place is definitely not afraid to push the boundaries – after all, it’s showcased works by art-world bigshots (David LaChapelle or Damien Hirst, just to name a few). Galerie Rudolfinum focuses on groundbreaking, thought-provoking and sometimes even shocking contemporary art. Major art crush!
Bubenská 1, Prague 7
We had to include this place on our list – it’s grown from a tiny gallery to one of the coolest art spaces in Prague in just a few years! Can you say impressive? We also love the fact that The Chemistry Gallery mainly supports young contemporary artists (even Monsieur Hirst had to start somewhere is all we’re saying!). If you’re still up for some artsy adventures after your gallery visit, all you have to do is stay in the Prague 7 area – it’s a well-known hipster/artsy goldmine. Time to dust off those Ray-Bans!
Dlouhá 5, 110 00 Prague
OK, so we have to admit that it’s possible to find interesting contemporary art in the very center (aka the most touristy part of Prague ever) as well. We love this gallery’s sense of humour – it basically never shies away from controversy. In the past, Dvorak Sec Contemporary exhibited pieces by bad-boy artist David Černý or the heavily tattooed ex-presidential candidate Vladimír Franz. This gallery is totally rock’n’roll & wouldn’t look out of place in NYC. Rock on!
Ke sklárně 3213/15, 150 00 Prague 5
This place also used to be a factory (glass and later on car engines).. are you beginning to see a pattern here? There's so many reasons why we love this contemporary art... factory. Let us count the ways... 1. MeetFactory (or, to be more precise, the 'International Center for Contemporary Art') was founded by Mr. Bad-Boy himself, David Černý. 2. The place is an art center, musical mecca & theatre in ONE. Boom! 3. It's shamelessly hipsterlicious. Love, love, love!