In celebration of its 221st anniversary, the National Gallery in Prague is offering free entry to all of its permanent and temporary exhibitions on the weekend of February 4th and 5th. Nine of the city’s most important art exhibition spaces are owned by the National Gallery and in them you can see everything from contemporary 21st century pieces, to medieval masterpieces. Here are out tips for what to see:
1) The Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia
Not many people know about this hidden gem. Housed within one of the city’s oldest gothic buildings, this gallery offers a well thought-out tour of medieval and early renaissance Czech art. There is also an exhibition on the architectural history of the building itself and in the convent’s gardens you will find a sculpture tour, containing contemporary pieces by leading Czech artists.
The Convent of St. Agnus can be found at U Milosrdných 17, Prague 1. For more information about how to get there, have a look at their website.
2) The Kinsky Palace
The Kinsky Palace, located on Old Town Square, is one of the National Gallery’s most visited attrations. It is home to a permanent exhibition called “The Art of Asia”. Containing paintings, graphic art, ceramics, bronze ware, pottery and metal work from Japan, China, Korea, Tibet, South and Southeast Asia, this exhibition is one of the most significant collections of Asian art in Europe.
3) The Kinsky Palace Stables
Here you will find a photographic exhibition featuring the work of Photographer Olivier Adam and his partner Dominique Butet. For over 8 years, they have been capturing on film the work of the TNP project, which provides education for Buddhist nuns living in Northern India. This exhibition runs until 28/02 and is actually free to access all year round.
4) The Trade Fair Palace
This huge building currently contains 5 temporary and 2 permanent exhibitions and is a must visit for connoisseurs of modern art. You can take a stroll through the development of Czech art from the mid 19th century to modern day. You can also explore the international art scene of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This collection contains work by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso amongst others. Some of the temporary exhibits are a bit more eccentric but there really is something for everybody in this massive 4 story building.
On Sunday February 5th, it will be possible to have your photos from the exhibitions at the fair trade palace printed for free. You just need to share them on instagram along with the code #NG221.
The Trade Fair Palace can be found at Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7.
These are just our recommendations. Other National Gallery Locations, where you will find free exhibitions this weekend are:
Hradčanské náměstí 15, Prague 1
Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1
Hradčanské náměstí 2, Prague 1
All venues are open from 10am-6pm everyday (except for Mondays, when they are closed).
You can find a handy guide to all of the free permanent and temporary exhibits on the National Gallery’s website.