When it comes to art in Prague, many of the coolest galleries are located away from the big museums. The city’s most creative art hubs are changing the face of the industry with intriguing collections ranging from the works of emerging Czech artists at Hunt Kastner Artworks to provocative pieces at Futura Gallery and cutting-edge photography at Leica Gallery Prague. Next time you visit, add a few of these trendy spaces to your itinerary.
When in the Czech Republic, discover the best emerging talents from across the country at Hunt Kastner Artworks. The gallery in the trendy Žižkov neighbourhood is the best place to go to immerse yourself in the local art scene, with exhibitions focusing on young and progressive artists such as Tomáš Vanêk and Michaela Thelenová. Curators constantly work with collectors to offer visitors a rich and varied collection of contemporary Czech art, so there’s always something new to uncover.
Leica Gallery Prague is more than an exhibition space, it’s a gallery, a bookstore, a café and an art school all rolled into in one. Located in Prague’s New Town, the institution is dedicated to photography. Art lovers can visit the gallery to discover local and international talents in thought-provoking exhibitions, browse the bookstore and purchase photographic works or specialty books, or simply take a break in the café and gaze at further works on its pop-up exhibition walls. Aspiring photographers can also take part in workshops to hone their skills and get hands on experience with the guidance of a local expert.
One of the coolest places to see art in Prague, Futura Gallery is a trendy independent art hub. Arguably the quirkiest venue on our list, the gallery has a captivating creative energy that makes it a must-see. Awaiting art enthusiasts are three floors of exhibition space featuring collective shows and solo exhibits by leading international contemporary artists. One of the most famous pieces on permanent display is David Černý’s Brownnosers, a provocative interactive work that pokes fun at Czech politics.
Based in a former factory in Prague’s industrial Smíchov quarter, MeetFactory is the largest contemporary art space on our list and one of the most stimulating. It’s a creative hub for artistic and musical talents, with three galleries (MeetFactory Gallery, Kostka Gallery and Wall Gallery), a theatre, a music venue, a bar and workshops where an international artist-in-residence programme is run.
Owned by Moser Glassworks, a manufacturer known for its beautiful glassmaking, Moser Art Gallery is an alternative space in Prague’s art scene. At the new space in Prague’s Old Town Square, the gallery hosts exhibitions focusing on craftsmanship. The inaugural show was dedicated to the art of glass engraving and showcased the works of the best glass engravers from across the Czech Republic. Future exhibits will continue exploring the intricate art of glasswork in a beautiful and creative fashion.