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Friday, January 09, 2009

@ The Kampa in Prague

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More musings from our holiday-trip 2008. On 12/19 we spent the day at the Kampa Art Museum in Prague. It was truly amazing. Great collection of modern Czech art -- well displayed in two connected and interesting buildings. The rooms and layout lent themselves wonderfully to a rambling, slow and thoughtful day of art. Wonderful paints, sculptures, outdoor pieces, and even a roof-top installation. Highly recommended. The Kampa sits on Kampa Island just off the Charles bridge and next to the little quater.

It is a quiet part of town during the winter. Probably quite a bit busier in the heat of summer. There is a park just in front and we saw lots of families and dog walkers getting some exercise even in the chill.

I especially enjoyed discovering the works of FrantiĊĦek Kupka

His abstract work was ground breaking. This famous image (click to view) was the cornerstone of the Kampa collection.

The complex had great outdoor spaces as well. One wall in the Kampa courtyard pictured above says "If a nations culture survives, so too does the nation." After touring the collection we picked up a Prague Street Art book in the museum shop, and wandered out for a sit down in a nice cafe.

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