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Cubism exhibition to be opened in cubist house in Prague

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Prague, Aug 19 (CTK) – The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (UPM) will open a standing exhibition of Czech cubism in the Black Madonna House, the oldest significant cubist-style building in Prague, on November 18, UPM director Helena Koenigsmarkova said yesterday.
Visitors will see on two floors a works of Czech cubism with focus on interior creation in the years 1911-14 and also the beginning of the 1920s, Koenigsmarkova said.
The exhibition will offer a selection of significant furniture sets as well as individual pieces by Pavel Janak, Josef Gocar, Vlastislav Hofman, Josef Chochol, Otakar Novotny and Antonin Prochazka.
The furniture will be completed by ceramics, metal items, decorative wallpaper designs, posters and applied graphic art.
The interconnection of free and applied arts will be demonstrated on selected works by cubist painters and sculptures Emil Filla, Bohumil Kubista, Josef Capek, Vaclav Spala, Otokar Kubin and Otto Gutfreund. Architecture will be video presented.
The Black Madonna House in Prague centre was built in 1911-12 after the design of architect Gocar. It is called after a baroque statuette installed at the corner of the house on the level of the first storey.
The house also shelters a cafe, which is a replica of the original cubist one created at the time the house was built.
The Seychelles firm WBC Capital has filed a complaint against the State Culture Fund that manages the house, demanding 300 million crowns from it for a reconstruction carried out 20 years ago.
($1=24.427 crowns)

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