Location: Mucha Museum, Kaunicky palac, Panska 7, 110 00 Prague 1
Times: Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Adult/Full Price = 300 CZK, Student/Reduced Price = 200 CZK
If you have a chance, I strongly recommend visiting the Mucha Museum - which is not too far from the main academic buildings. Mucha drew inspiration Bavarian decorative art, and his attention to detail resulted in the creation of a wide variety of works - posters, stamps, currency and vases. Mucha was an accomplished artist whose detail-oriented art allowed his work to act as vessels of symbolism - and speak directly to the history and soul of his countrymen.
Art provides an insight into how one sees oneself and one’s culture and can act as a unifying force with which individuals can find common history, and common cause. For Mucha, his national identity and concept of Slavic culture was constructed and solidified by harkening back to underlying Slavic mythology. His art was an attempt to bring forth and develop these symbols in the public consciousness (and later through his Slav Epic). Mucha and his artwork both became symbols of Slavic culture and identity and an independent Czechoslovakia. I hope that the power of art and of identity are not be forgotten today, as many countries struggle to define themselves in an increasingly globalized world.
Portheimka (Glass) Museum
Location: Portheimka - Museum of Glass, Štefánikova 68/12, 150 00 Praha 5 - Smíchov
Times: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: (For the Permanent Exhibit and Short Term Exhibit) Adult = 120 CZK, Student = 60 CZK
I did not know what to expect when a friend said that the museum we were heading to was a glass museum. Immediately my mind conjured images of crammed rooms of delicate glass, me tripping, and everything falling and breaking. Luckily, this museum was like nothing I expected. A lot of the artwork is immersive - there are individual rooms with different themes (for example a banquet hall in which all of the food is made of glass). It was really awe inspiring - and made for great some great instagram photos!
There is a permanent exhibit with the themed rooms, as well as an exhibit which changes - making a return visit well worth it.