Unlike so many other palaces in Prague, words such as Gothic, Baroque or Renaissance will not be used to describe this austere, modern building, constructed between 1925 and 1928.
The name given to this building's architecture is 'Functionalism', which brilliantly describes this very functional, 20th century, seven storey structure. When it was first constructed in the 1920s, its main purpose was as a venue for trade fairs.
In common with many of the medieval buildings in Prague, the palace was destroyed by a fire in 1974 and had to undergo major repairs. In 1995 the National Gallery took over and remodeled the building.
The modern interior is now used to showcase a diversity of artworks from the 19th to the 21st century. There is a large emphasis on Czech art but the collection includes works of art from many international artists including Picasso, Warhol and Gustav Klimt.
Other pieces on display include furniture, drawings, sculptures and fashion. The galleries are systematically organized into themed collections such as Classicism, Cubism, Art Deco and Art Nouvea.
The building is well suited for this purpose, as the modern, sleek, light filled, sparse interior compliments and enhances the modern art works.
At any one time it holds the largest permanent collection of contemporary art in Prague and throughout the year it is also host to various other art exhibitions.
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