Visual Prague


Most likely, you’ll be spending a few days in Prague; soaking up the culture, tasting the food and experiencing the nightlife. But for a brief artsy rush; consider this itinerary which brings you sample highlights of some of the glorious art and architecture the city has to offer.

Start your day gazing at the stunning Obecní dum on námestí Republiky, probably the best Art Nouveau building in town. Walk down Celetná Street towards Old Town Square. Be sure to notice the gorgeous Cubist building on your left, the House of the Black Madonna. There’s a Cubist museum and great café housed here. Once you get to Old Town Square; the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque surround you. Most of the buildings were originally built in the Gothic style, but subsequent remodelings in later years led to today’s current hodge-podge. Watch the astronomical clock do its thing at the top of the hour and continue on to cross Charles Bridge; a lovely homage to the Gothic period.

Once across the bridge you will zoom forward centuries by jumping on tram number 12 at Malostranské námestí and heading for DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Housed in the emerging Holešovice neighborhood, the museum’s building (a complex of former industrial structures) is as interesting as the exhibitions inside. Displays are always timely and in touch with what’s happening in the outside world; a kind of bridge between art and society.

For contemporary art in a completely different setting, head back into town to the neo-Renaissance behemoth on the river; the Rudolfinum. Split equally between a contemporary art gallery and a concert hall; the building’s stature is impressive while the interiors are a glowing memorial to marble. The gallery’s semi-restrictive space limits their exhibits to pieces that can usually hang on the walls. The Czech Philharmonic regularly plays in the concert hall; so at the end of the day, give your eyes a rest and treat your auditory senses to a world class classical performance.