ABC of Czech Art

From Art Nouveau all the way to the Villa Tugendhat

By Google Arts & Culture

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Europe's Open-Air Salon (2021) by The Great Spa Towns of EuropeUNESCO World Heritage

Vítejte, welcome to Czechia!

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Czechia is a beautiful country with a number of well-preserved historic cities and castles, and a thriving cultural scene. Join us on this ABC tour of top artistic trends, phenomena, and people from across the Czech Republic.

Femme à la Marguerite (1899-1900) by Alphonse Marie MuchaThe Baltimore Museum of Art

A for Art Nouveau

This compelling and energetic style popped up in the early 1890s. Inspired by plant forms and nature, artists transformed them into intricate patterns, such as pioneer Alphonse Mucha.

Coffee service with pearl-strand handles (1911/1911) by Pavel JanákMuseum of Decorative Arts In Prague

C for Cubism

Cubism was one of the first currents of the European avant-garde in Czechia, not only influencing painting and sculpture but also architecture and design. Learn more about Czech Cubism.

Gulliver Airship by Photo Jan Slavík (c) DOXDOX Centre for Contemporary Art

D for DOX

This independent institution is now the largest contemporary art center in the Czech Republic. As a former factory in Prague's Holešovice district, it's known for its cutting-edge contemporary architecture and the Gulliver Airship hovering over it.

Visionary Kafka (1997) by Fernando Peña DefillóMuseo Fernando Peña Defilló

F for Franz Kafka

Kafka was one of the key figures of 20th-century literature, combining elements of realism and the fantastic in his work. Take a tour of Prague with the enigmatic writer.

Martin Janecký: Starmen and Other Studio Work in Glass. An Exhibition (2022) by Martin JaneckýMuseum of Decorative Arts In Prague

G for Glassblowing

Did you know that Czechia is famous for glass works? Learn more about the Czech glass industry or meet Martin Janecký, a new-generation glass artist from Liberec.

Historic Centre of .esky KrumlovNamhansanseong World Heritage Center

G for Gothic

Czech Gothic architecture can be seen across the country, particularly in the capital city of Prague. Check out Křivák’s Pietà, one of the finest Czech Gothic sculptures.


M for Mucha

Alphonse Mucha was a world-famous Czech illustrator and graphic artist. He remains best known for his Art Nouveau style, gaining recognition in the 1980s for his theater posters and product advertisements.

The Central Hotel in Prague (1899/1899) by Friedrich Ohmann, Alois Dryák, and Bedřich BendelmayerItalia Liberty

P for Prague

Czechia's capital of Prague is a cultural hub, home to major institutions, numerous galleries, and prominent theatres. Check out 9 must-see museums in the city.

The Slav Epic - Cicle IV (1912) by Alphonse MuchaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro

S for 'The Slav Epic'

'The Slav Epic' is Alphonse Mucha's opus magnum, a highly symbolic series of 20 canvases showing the history of Slavs. Explore them for the first time in ultra-high resolution here.

From My Diary (1933) by Jindřich ŠtyrskýNational Gallery Prague

S for Surrealism

Dream-like scenes, symbolic images, and strange combinations of ordinary objects. This Surrealist style became prominent in Czechia with artists including Jindřich Štyrský  and Lubo Kristek.

Garden terrace (1929/1930)Villa Tugendhat

V for Villa Tugendhat

This architectural gem was built in Brno in 1929-30. The villa soon became an icon of modernism and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001. Famous for its revolutionary use of space and industrial building materials, see how it was built.

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