In Pilsen, there’s an array of active art schools. As part of the University of West Bohemia, you’ll find the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, where many Czech artists do their work. Their creations are then displayed in a number of galleries you’ll find here. All of them are located in the centre of the city. Amongst the most significant rank the Gallery of West Bohemia, the Pilsen Municipal Gallery, the Gallery of Jiří Trnka, and the Gallery of Ladislav Sutnar. The Museum of West Bohemia and DEPO2015 also hold interesting exhibits for the general public. Check out our overview of current exhibits in galleries and museums in the city of Pilsen.
Exhibition – 180 Years of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery (until Feb. 24)
This October, it’ll be 180 years since brewmaster Josef Groll brewed the first batch of Pilsner Urquell lager in the new Burghers Brewery, which shortly after took the world by storm. The Pilsen Brewery Museum is celebrating this extraordinary anniversary with an exhibition dubbed 180 Years of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, which beautifully captures the story of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery from the start of the joint projects of the Pilsen burghers all the way to the present. Here, visitors can view the most valuable and interesting aspects of all 18 decades of the brewery in a single place.
The Magical World of Fans (November 25 – February 26)
The main building of the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen has prepared a new exposition called “The Magical World of Fans” (“Čarovný svět vějířů”). The collection of 80 historic items gathered together presents the fan from a number of perspectives. At this exposition, which is mostly garnered towards women, you’ll see fans not only as a modern accessory but also their evolution throughout history. Apart from fans made of feathers and other multicoloured variations, this exhibition features a number of examples of patent constructions from the second half of the 19th century. The displays are then supplemented with other crucial women’s accessories, such as purses, dance cards, toiletries, hat pins, and powder compacts.
The epoch of salons. Czech salon art and the international art scene (1870–1914) (September 28 – March 5)
Behind the doors of the former Meat Market (Masné krámy), you’ll find a new exhibit displaying Czech salon art within its European dimensions, with the aim of also presenting the works of the largest stars of European salon art. This will include the likes of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Hans Makart, Jan Matejko, Mihály Munkácsy, Walter Crane, and others. The time period between 1870-1914 comprises the era when salon art was at its peak of popularity, as well as its belated, closing phase, where the style was already confronted with the encroaching modern style and new requirements for exhibition operations.