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Cubist Prague

At the beginning of 1900 and during the First Republic from 1918 to 1938 Prague was at the same artistic level of Paris and the two cities exchanged the artistic avant-gardes. Czech artists were very sensitive to new trends in art and some of them applied the ideas of Picasso and Braque to architecture.

I would start with a question…

Where else in the world can we find Cubist architecture?

a) Picasso’s house in Paris
b) Cuba
c) Czech Republic is the only place in the world.

Ok! I will answer now. Czech republic is the only place in the world so enjoy this uniqueness

House At the Black Madonna Celetna 34 Prague 1

This cubist house replaced a renaissance building with the same name. Josef Gočar built it in 1911-1912. Gočar is also the author of the Functionalistic house in Celetna 15.These are the 2 houses in high contrast with the Baroque of the other facades in Celetna

Teachers’ House Elišky Krásnohorské 10-14 Prague 1

Otakar Novotný made this building after the First World War in 1919-1921 as the teachers’ house. The Philosophy and Law faculties of the Karolinum, the Prague University are close by
This is one of the most representative façade of this style with its geometric design resulting in a 3D effect.

Cubist Street Lamp Jungmannovo náměstí

Emil Králiček and Matěj Blecha 1912.
This cubist street lamp is hidden in a little square behind the Bata Store.
It sure needs to be restored because it is not in good condition.
There are other cubist details in Prague such as the railings of the fountain of Saint Nicholas church on the corner with Pařiská and Staroměstské náměstí.

Villa Libušina Libušina 3 Rašinovo nábřeží

Cute example of cubist villa. Main façade on the riverside.
By Josef Chochol 1912-1913
Chochol together with Gočar are the two most representative artists of this style.
Cubism was also applied to furniture and interiors.

Three Houses Rašinovo nábřeží 6-10

Also by Josef Chochol 1912-1913.
Chochol was one of the founder of the Movement of fine Arts following the ideas of Picasso and Braque. Cubism had a very short life, about 20 years. Later these artists, very sensitive to new trends, experimented other styles going to the opposite of Cubist, Functionalism.

House Diamant Spálená 4 Prague 2

Built by the same authors of the street lamp, Emil Králiček and Matěj Blecha in 1912-1913.
Nice sculptures decorate the upper part of this façade. Nearby there is a happy mix of Cubism and Baroque.
The lights of the car shop make this house the unique monument in the world in electro-cubism style.

Adria Palace Jungmannova 31

This Palace is unique in the world. Built by Pavel Janák and Josef Zasche in 1922-1925.
The style is Rondo-Cubism. Sharp angles of Cubism were smoothed and the effect is more round.
The name of the building comes from the Italian insurance company Reale Adriatica di Sigurta.
In the theater underground Havel had his meetings with students during Velvet Revolution in 1989.


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