Reopening of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
At the end of 2017, after three years of reconstruction, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague was reopened. You can notice the carefully restored historical elements and interiors, the new entrance through the garden from Široká Street and the larger exhibition areas. You will also find the newly opened café restaurant "Time enough" on the ground floor of the house.
A new addition to the usual architecture is the exhibition of dolphin houses, opened in mid-February. The view of the tiny world from the 17th and 18th centuries is fascinating and exceptional in our environment. This type of toy did not appear in our country until the 19th century. You can visit the exhibition until mid June 2018.
Looking at the bowels of the twelve dolls house, you will find out how the families of different social strata lived from the 18th century to the present, and how the architecture and design of their living changed. Here you will find a country house, a Georgian town house, a suburban villa and a modern apartment in a high-rise building from the 1960s. The lodgings are borrowed from the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London, often donated by the heirs of the original owners.
The Czech Republic represents the Art Nouveau interior from museum collections in the scale of 1: 5 and a digital game where you can create your own Art Nouveau interior. Not only for children, the worksheets called "Small Worlds" are highlighted to highlight the subjects that can be used to describe the social status of small people and whether urban or rural housing and many other details. The exhibitions also include the work of students of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and houses and chalets, which were created in various educational programs and projects under the hands of pupils and students of other schools. The accompanying program offers guided tours, lectures, programs and workshops for schools, and a large art workshop in the museum garden is going to be held in June as part of the Children's Day celebrations.
Did you know that in Prague there are almost 10,000 blocks of flats in which 44% of the capital's population lives and that it does not have to be just a dull and monotonous cluster of gray boxes? An interesting contrast to the tiny houses from the past times is the second interesting exhibition of the Museum of Decorative Arts, called Residence: Panel housing. Using plans, models and period photographs, the exhibition will present dozens of housing estates throughout the Czech Republic, which originated between 1945-1989.
Another branch is the Museum of Decorative Arts in the House of the Black Mother of God at the Ovocný trh in the Old Town. The exhibition is dedicated to Cubism, a style that has connected architecture and free and applied art. Here is open daily except Mondays.
The Grand Café Orient, the only Cubist cafe in the world, is also worth seeing.
Originally, the Museum of Applied Arts, founded in 1885, was located in the nearby Rudolfinum. The current building was built at the end of the 19th century according to the design of Josef Schulz, and the opening ceremony took place in 1900.
In the study, the original furniture of Josef Schulz was preserved, as well as the Baroque library cabinets from the Piarist Monastery in Benešov, which were already installed during the construction of the museum in 1897-1900.
On the ground floor, you will find Modernista's museum shop with a large selection of professional books and magazines on design and applied art, replicas of original items from the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, original copy fashion and small souvenirs.