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.
Model railway exposition (from November 17 to December 17)
At the model railway exposition in Pilsen – Skvrňany (map), you’ll discover an area stretching 140 m2 with approx. 600 meters of tracks, nearly 50 unique train sets, three large and three small train stations, tunnels, bridges, model homes, and elaborate nature set pieces. This is one of the largest expositions in the country, and the only one in West Bohemia. This exposition of railway models, model tracks, and accessories is open every Thursday and Friday from 15-18h, and on weekends from 9-18h. On weekends, you can also expect an accompanying event, such as the sale of models and accessories, swap meets, presentations of companies’ models, and more.
100 Years of Numismatics in the Pilsen Region (until 28 January 2024)
You can see the exposition celebrating 100 Years of Numismatics in the Pilsen Region at the Museum of West Bohemia. The exposition introduces the numismatists from the Pilsen Region as well as their work, collections, and publications. It displays interesting exhibits from their collections, including both antiques and current pieces, the history of money in the Pilsen Region, medieval mints, and their production. Of course, you can expect to see attractive and intriguing coin discoveries (depots) from the Pilsen Region. You’ll also see into a numismatic workroom and learn about the research process. You can tour the exposition in Exposition Hall 2 from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10-18h.
Boats and Navigation in Czech Art (until 4 February 2024)
You can visit the exposition Full Steam Ahead! Boats and Navigation in Czech Art 1850-1950 at the Gallery of West Bohemia’s exhibit hall “13”. Here you’ll see pictures representing the theme of inland sailing in Bohemia. The beginning of water travel on the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, boat construction in Bohemia, the evolution of steamboats on the Vltava, and its transition from a form of public transportation to a tourist attraction – these are the main points of the exposition. The legendary steamer Primátor Dittrich, captured by Josef Šíma, is also present. The exposition is joined by drawings, caricatures, and photography displaying the evolution of sailing on the Vltava from the 1870s to the current day.
The Invertebrates Around Us (until 3 March 2024)
The exhibit The Invertebrates Around Us (Bezobratlí kolem nas) at the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen will take you into the world of bumblebees, beetles, butterflies, and many other insects. Besides the entomological collection, you’ll also find living specimens here. For instance, you’ll learn that you can keep water beetles in a tank, peer into a bumblebee’s nest, and learn how to make an insect home. A children’s corner has also been prepared for smaller guests, where they can draw, play a card-matching game, and assemble puzzles.
The Apocalypse and Art in the Czech Lands (until 3 March 2024)
The words of St. John’s Book of Revelation “…Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” remain a great source of inspiration in art to this day. Artists both in and outside the Czech lands portrayed the Apocalypse as a calamity and the destruction of the entire world, but the theme of new hope also appeared in many works. The Apocalyptic visions included images of the new earth, a renewal of society and solace. The exhibition in the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen presents works inspired by the Apocalypse predominately from the Czech Republic, although you can also see some pieces from abroad. The exhibition also pays some attention to the reaction to the Apocalypse in music and literature via the Czech underground scene during the time of so-called “normalisation”.
Cards in Art – Art in Cards (until 24 April 2024)
A deck of cards always comes in handy at the pub. The exposition Cards in Art – Art in Cards will guide you through the mysteries of this pub culture. You’ll see images with motifs of card players at bars, beer tankards with motifs of cards, actual playing cards, and many other extraordinary items, including hand-painted legionnaire cards from WWI. The exhibit also features Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, and Gambrinus cards. You can visit this exposition at the Brewery Museum every day from 10-18h.
Exposition: Freedom, My Home (until 31 May 2024)
We all picture something different when thinking of the words ‘home’ and ‘freedom’. You can see how the students from the studio of Book Design and Paper Shaping at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art portrayed these themes at the Puppet Museum in Pilsen (a branch of the Museum of West Bohemia). In the exposition, the all-female student body unveiled their idea of the home and freedom using an uncommon form of art – dioramas. You can visit the exposition until the end of May 2024, from Tuesday to Sunday and between 10-18h.