The exhibition in the Municipal House in Prague presents a selection of the most outstanding works of Czech and European Art Nouveau art from the holdings of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The exhibition is intended to show the Art Nouveau arts and crafts as part of the ground-breaking, forward-looking trends and emancipation efforts that evolved in the late 19th century, as a reformist art movement that strove for “the multiplication and intensification of life”. The display therefore explores the Art Nouveau aesthetic both in terms of modern artist designers' creative ambitions and the new zest for life that swept society as a whole.

Masterpieces of decorative art exhibited at the famous Paris World’s Fair of 1900 are on display, alongside works influenced by the various currents of thought popular at the time (such as the theories of Vitalism and Spiritism), as well as the formal and stylistic innovations in glassware, ceramics and furniture. Other areas cover the radical changes in life style as reflected in interior design, the visual style of poster art and fashion.

A self-service tablets presentation is available to visitors, which provides further information on selected items on view, their creators and the period context. The presentation also offers online access to digitized foundations for European Art Nouveau art on the Europeana portal, drawn from the collections of prominent European institutions.
Visitors are welcome to create their own Art Nouveau interior in the interactive area with a digital game feature.

A comprehensive catalogue featuring more than 400
items on display has been published to accompany the exhibition.

Municipal House
daily 10 am — 7 pm

Admission to the Art Nouveau / Vital Art 1900 exhibition

Full: 150 CZK
Discounts: 80 CZK for students aged 15–26 for tours without a guide (upon presentation of a student card) and for senior visitors over 65
Junior: 40 CZK for children aged 6– 15 for tours without a guide
Family: 250 CZK (maximum two adults and three children under 15, (youth aged 15–18 an extra 20 CZK)
10% discount off full admission: groups of 15 persons plus and Opencard holders
Free admission: teachers accompanying student groups, holders of AMG (Association of Museums and Galleries) membership cards, holders of ICOM (International Council of Museums) cards, holders of Disabled Persons cards and attendants, children under 6

School groups (elementary, secondary, university students):
30 CZK per person with a minimum of 10 persons in a group, one accompanying teacher free admission, the same applies to art school students

10 CZK for journalists and members of UHS (Art History Society), NPÚ (National Heritage Institute) employees

Public guided tours and public lectures:
Lectures are provided free of charge with a valid ticket.

Guided tours booked in advance:
Surcharge 500 CZK per lecture (in Czech), 700 CZK (in a foreign language: English, French, German, Russian) booked in advance at , phone: +420 251 093 222 (latest 7 days in advance)

Guided tours for school groups:
Surcharge 400 CZK per lecture (in Czech), 600 CZK (in a foreign language: English, French, German, Russian) booked in advance
30 CZK per pupil or student with a minimum of 15 persons in a group
To be booked at: , phone: +420 251 093 295

Ticket sale:
Tickets to the exhibition and accompanying printed matter can be purchased at the Municipal House’s Cultural and Information Centre, at 5 náměstí Republiky, 111 21 Praha 1, phone: 222 002 101, fax: 222 002 100,, )

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