There are many sights in the Czech Republic you will not see anywhere else in the world. However, Cubist architecture holds an utterly unique position among them. On your strolls through Prague you can see an early-20th-century art style that moved from the painter’s canvas to the architect’s drawing board only in this country. Pause for a moment to observe the play of light and shadow on the Cubist facades and soak in the view of these utterly unique buildings. Cubism is yet another riveting chapter in the story of Prague architecture.
Perhaps the most beautiful example of Czech Cubist architecture is the House of the Black Madonna in the Old Town, whose sharp angles elegantly complement the surrounding historical buildings. In this building you can visit the Kubista gallery, where you will suddenly find yourself in a charming environment of furniture, books, period postcards and jewellery from the days when Cubism truly was a current trend. Cubist treasures also can be purchased at the nearby shop Modernista. While exploring Prague do not miss other important buildings designed in this style. You can find them, for example, below Vyšehrad or near Můstek, where a hidden corner reveals a beautiful Cubist lamppost.
If you would like to learn more about the only exclusively Czech architectural style, you can visit the National Gallery’s Veletržní Palace, which has an extremely valuable collection. Amidst the paintings by Emil Filla and drawings and building models by Josef Gočár, you will get an excellent understanding of this unique historical current of world art.