Picasso in Prague:  Cubism in Art and Architecture with Dr. Katerina Prusova

Picasso in Prague: Cubism in Art and Architecture with Dr. Katerina Prusova


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Cubism has been quickly and early adopted in Prague, thanks to the personality of Vincenc Kramar, one of the first four Picasso collectors. The lecture explores Kramar's private collection of Picasso’s paintings in the National Gallery in Prague as well as rare examples of cubist architecture. Participants will also learn of the deep roots of cubist architecture in local tradition, learning just why it occurred specifically in Prague.

We will discuss Kramar, a classical art historian, wealthy scholar, and later director of the National Gallery in Prague, and his exquisite private collection of paintings in-depth. The development of cubism in the years 1907-1913 can be followed in it literally step-by-step. It contains Picasso’s last self-portrait as well as one of few Picasso’s early sculptures, and masterpieces of analytical and synthetic cubism, including a “rotating painting” from 1911.

Whereas cubist painting and sculpture are generally well known, the phenomenon of cubist architecture remains limited to the Bohemian Lands, or the present-day Czech Republic. It is an exclusive style of modern architecture that lasted only four years prior to World War I.

Led by an Art Historian, PhDr. Katerina Prusova, Ph.D., this interactive seminar will explore a rare collection of Picasso’s artworks in the National Gallery in Prague, and unique Czech cubist architecture and design. To give a complex picture, cubism in literature will be also mentioned. Participants will come away with a new appreciation and increased understanding of these gems of twentieth-century art and architecture in Prague.

Katerina Prusova holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Charles University. Since 2009 she led a number of classes in Prague Art and Architecture at the Anglo-American University and the Charles University. She also prepared specialized lectures on Picasso and Czech cubism for the Dartmore Institute. For Context she leads, among others, walks on Art Nouveau and modern architecture.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Learned So much about Cubism and Prague Itself

Excellent lecture and photos. I felt I could see the Picasso paintings. Can’t wait to get back to Prague and explore the treasures Dr. Prusova helped me appreciate more fully.

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Interesting informative and engaging.

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Very informative and interesting lecture

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A.L.
Learned So much about Cubism and Prague Itself

Excellent lecture and photos. I felt I could see the Picasso paintings. Can’t wait to get back to Prague and explore the treasures Dr. Prusova helped me appreciate more fully.

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C.

Interesting informative and engaging.

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J.A.

Very informative and interesting lecture