House of the Black Madonna
The House of the Black Madonna was designed by renowned Czech architect Josef Gocar, who was commissioned to build a department store and ended up creating one of the city’s finest examples of architectural Cubism, now one of the finest art galleries in Prague, the Czech Museum of Fine Arts.
rnIn 1994 the building’s metamorphosis from store to museum was made with the launch of its first permanent exhibition. It was then closed down in 2002, reopening again in 2003. Today the main attractions – apart from the building itself – can be found on the second, third and fourth floors, which house some of the best examples of the country’s vibrant Cubist scene.
rnCreated by young Czech artists mainly between 1911 and 1919, paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture by the likes of Gocar, Pavel Janak, Vlastislav Hofman and Josef Chochol are on display here. There’s also an erudite bookstore on the ground floor and the beautifully reconstructed Grand Café Orient up above.