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About the Art Nouveau and Modernism, Prague at the Turn of the Century Walk in Prague
At the dawn of the 20th century Prague exploded with fervent artistic and intellectual activity, focused a new way of seeing the world—an “art nouveau” that would transform Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, and other major European capitals. During this three-hour walking seminar we’ll look at the development of Art Nouveau and other early Modern movements in Prague and seek to contextualize it within the social and political realities of the time.
Our walk will start at the Prague train station, constructed in 1901. Using its ornate facade as a backdrop, we’ll look at some of the basic ideas behind Art Nouveau as a revolutionary movement against classicism and the aesthetics that emerged. We’ll also look at how modernisation—in this case, symbolized by the advent of trains—fueled the movement.
Our stroll will take us through the heart of Prague’s New Town, Wenceslas Square. Here we will visit many wonderful examples of Art Nouveau, including the beautiful Lucerna bar (once owned by Vaclav Hread more
- Duration: 3 hours
- Category: Architecture
- Group: Kč1,050 per person
- Private: Kč4,800 per party
- Venues Visited
- House of the Black Madonna
- Municipal House