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New Realisms: the Czechoslovak Scene 1918–1945

July 5 @ 10:00 am - August 25 @ 6:00 pm

The exhibition features more than 300 works of art depicting a simple yet modern lifestyle driven by technological advancements, travel, communication, and entertainment.

The works in New Realisms, featuring well-known artists such as Karel Čapek, Josef Sudek, and Otto Gutfreund, as well as works by lesser-known painters such as Ilona Singer, depict both the joys and the downsides of life in the city and countryside. The exhibit also showcases the prescient topics of women’s emancipation, ethnic minorities, fashion, and technology via paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, and advertising.

“The exhibition is unique not only in its new perspective on the interwar era of Czechoslovakia but also in the range and composition of the works. For the very first time, realistic paintings and photographs, as well as film, sculptures, and advertising from this period, meet side by side,” said curator Anna Habánová who, together with colleagues Ivo Habán and Helena Musilová, worked for over two years on the large-scale exhibit displaying works by more than 100 artists.

The exhibition is closed on Mondays and open until 8pm on Thursdays. It is located on the second floor of the Municipal Library in Prague.

The project will be presented in a modified and expanded version in a double exhibition at the East Slovak Gallery in Košice from October 2024 to February 2025 (mainly themes such as living reality, portraiture, still life) and at the Peter Michal Bohúň Gallery in Liptovský Mikuláš (mainly the medium of photography and film with an emphasis on social aspects and propaganda).


July 5 @ 10:00 am
August 25 @ 6:00 pm


Městská knihovna
Mariánské námestí 98
Praha 1, 110 00 Czech Republic
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