20.06.2022 — 30.09.2022
The naming after the most famous Czech sculptor is not accidental: it recalls the pavilion of the Society of Visual Artists Myslbek, which used to stand on the site and was named after the first chairman of the Union of Visual Artists, J. V. Myslbek.
The Myslbek Shopping Gallery opened to the public 25 years ago, on July 4, 1997, and today it still maintains its artistic tradition. Artists have always had a place in the gallery. The resulting appearance of the Myslbek Shopping Gallery expresses elegance and modernity.
The central circular atrium is covered by a glass vault, which has been decorated with an important light installation, the glass sculpture Vortex by Maxim Velčovský and the Czech company Lasvit, since 2016. It combines traditional Czech glassmaking with modern design. According to the author, it represents a kind of energy vortex. The dynamic energy of Na Příkopě street and the calmer energy of the Old Town meet here.
The borderline between the Old and New Town, on which the building stands, is also symbolised by the large stainless steel entrance gate.
Since 2020, twelve mosaics created by the 2Mozaik art studio can be found on the marble floor in the circular hall on the first floor of the building. The mosaics depict important artists associated with the monuments of Prague city centre, including the statue of Saint Wenceslas by Josef Václav Myslbek.
In 1996, during the construction of the building,
The Doors of the Myslbek Palace by Karel Nepraš were created. The imposing gate with little bronze heads hides the entrance to the technical background of the building at Ovocný trh.
The artistic values in Myslbek are not forgotten even today. Currently, Myslbek is a partner of the VáclavArt art project. Its aim is to bring interesting art by young artists into the public space.
You can read the full press release on the 25th anniversary of the Myslbek Shopping Gallery and the 100th anniversary of the death of sculptor J. V. Myslbek HERE. (in Czech only)