Art comes in all different forms and appears in various spaces, but when it is painted on urban canvases, we talk about street art. The thing that we like about street art the most is that it transforms sometimes boring streets into amazing attractions.
We took a stroll down the streets of Prague and were quite happy with what we saw. At first sight, Prague might not be as cool as New York, London or Berlin when it comes to street art, but we can say that it certainly has some pretty good pieces around. We have witnessed a huge variety of art on buildings, sidewalks and everything in between.
When you visit Prague and you are into street art or are just looking for something different than classic art, stay tuned with our blog articles about street and contemporary art as every week we will be writing about street art hotspots as well as truly well-hidden gems that you should definitely explore.
Prague’s street art sprang up in the early 1990s, and various styles have emerged. The first wave of street art was motivated by joy and optimism. For the youth, street art and hip hop were things of the future, symbols of freedom. The artists’ goal was to hide the bare, grey walls of the concrete building that symbolised the totalitarian era. For many years street artists were considered common criminals and vandals. Nowadays, it looks like Czech street artists have finally made it. The community of street artists has gone from being a marginal art community to becoming a wildly accepted part of mainstream culture. The legal graffiti zone in Prague has grown rapidly in the last few years.
We think we should start this article series by introducing you to probably the most famous contemporary Czech artist David Černý, whose provocative art can be found in public spaces of Prague. Černý likes shocking the public by poking fun at topics, such as nationalism, Communism and consumerism. In 1991 he decided to paint a Soviet tank – a memorial to the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945 – bright pink. Perhabs Černý’s most controversial work is Entropa that was desiged on the occasion of the Czech presidency of the EU Council in 2009. Highligting satirical stereotypes of each nation in the EU including Bulgaria as a squat toilet and Italy as a field full of masturbating football players.
His most recent piece, London Booster was Černý’s contribution to the 2012 Summer Olympics, did not ruffle any feathers, but did manage to garner the artist worldwide attention. Bright red double decker bus has been transformed into an athlete doing push-ups as its giant arms move up and down to a sound of pants and groans.
One of Černý’s most well-known pieces, Horse is the massive structure hanging from the ceiling in Lucerna passage. The polystyrene sculpture portrays Saint Wenceslas on an upside-down, dead horse as a parody of the Czech patron who appears victorious on his horse in the monument at the top of Wenceslas square.
David Černý snagged a name for himself as the bad boy of Czech contemporaty art. Czech people love or hate him, nothing between. Explore his art work in Prague’s streets and decide for yourself whether you are going to be a fan of our controversial artist.
This was just a little introduction to Prague’s/Czech’s street art. We are going to share with you much more. We are planning to visit Dox, Meet Factory, Holešovice district and much more to explore the Prague’s street art hotspots. So you have so much to be looking forward when it comes to the street art of our hometown.
The best way of getting the most of the street art while in Prague, is hopping on Alternative Prague Tour. The passionate street art guides will show you all the hidden jams Prague has to offer.
As in many European countries also in the Czech Republic we consider the end of April and the beginning of the May to be quite magical....
Easter in Czech Republic is likely to be different from anything that you have experienced at home. We have put together some Easter...