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Delving In To the Art of Prague

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 102

Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and sits on the Vltava River in the northwestern part of the country. Founded around 200 B.C.E., the city has grown over time to become a cultural beacon for Europe, with many music halls, architecturally important structures, universities, and theatres. It is no wonder that families and student tours come to the city in droves large enough to rank it as the sixth most visited city in all of Europe.

One of the most memorable aspects of Prague is its diverse art scene that can be taken in over a few days. While in the city be sure to visit The National Gallery, The House of the Black Madonna, and take a trip around the city to see the various sculptures of David Cerny dotting the cityscape.

The National Gallery - Student tours to Prague will be sure to include the Charles Bridge on a wander around the city, with its thirty statues that line the 14th century structure. Then it's just a short walk to the venues of the National Gallery - which is actually situated in several locations due to its sizeable collection. The largest of the buildings is found at Veletrzni Palac. The vast collection contains works by several prominent Czech and Slovak artists and an international collection that includes notable names such as Rodin, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir, among many others. Due to the size and locations of the collections of the National Gallery, be sure to allow adequate time for your visit.

The House of the Black Madonna - The House of the Black Madonna is a cubist structure that was designed by Josef Gocar and sits at Ovocny trh 19, 110 00 Praha 1, within easy walking distance for those on student tours. Built in 1911-12 to house a department store in the heart of the city, and later divided up into offices, the building became home to the Centre for Czech Art and Culture in 1994, and then made home to the Museum of Czech Cubism in 2003. The museum itself features works of Czech cubism that date from its zenith in the years between 1910 and 1919. The collection was chosen from holdings in the National Gallery and is supplemented by other various collections. It has a changing exhibition space in the top floor.

David Cerny - While not held within a museum, the works of David Cerny which dot Prague are of no less importance to student tours that come to the city to focus on art. David Cerny is a Jewish/Czech sculptor born in 1967 who gained fame by painting the Slovak tank in the city's war memorial pink. Begin at the FUTURA Gallery where you will get the chance to climb ladders and stick your head in the rear of a humanesque sculpture and watch a video of politicians. Then head over to the National Theatre, where across the street you can see the (now altered version) of the 'Nation Itself Forever' golden sculpture. Next, find the sculpture of the two men peeing on a fountain in the shape the Czech Republic before moving to Namesti U Sv. Anny, to see the 'Embryo' blending into the drainage pipe on a building near a sunny square. Next stop is Wenceslas Square, where you can look up to see the hanging statue of Wenceslas riding a dead horse upside down, before walking to Prague's Lesser Town to see the sculpture of Freud hanging by a hand from a pole! Finally, head out to the Zizkov TV tower and find that it is crawling with metallic babies, literally.

Robert Emdur works for Equity Student Travel, the UK's leading specialist in group travel for students in higher and further education. We organise student tours ( to destinations around the world, covering a wide range of subjects as well as conference & event-focused trips.

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