The term Cubism, which was first coined in Paris by art critic Louis Vauxcelles after seeing a strange and startling exhibition by Georges Braque in November of 1908, can be described simply as having elements of geometric schemas and cubes. Cubism went hand in hand with other art movements such as Futurism and Expressionism, but the architectural realm was explored more by Cubist and Rondocubist artists in the Czech lands. And it is here where you can still see Cubist and Rondocubist architecture and even a complete Cubist interior in the House at the Black Madonna in Prague. The famous Czech group included the painters Emil Filla, Antonin Prochazka, Josef Capek, the architects Pavel Janak, Josef Gocar, Josef Chochol, Vlastislav Hofman, the writer Karel Capek, and the sculptor Otto Gutfreund. The Cubist and Rondocubist artists produced everything from buildings and paintings to one famous lamp post, ceramics and more. This artistic group surely left the Czech Republic with an interesting architectural and artistic legacy.  

House at the Black Madonna

The House at the Black Madonna is one of the most intriguing buildings in Prague for lovers of architecture. Built from a reinforced concrete skeleton from the School of Chicago, the House at the Black Madonna is a delight and a true early engineering feat. The building, designed by Josef Gočár and finished between 1911 and 1912, proved difficult t...

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Kovařovic Villa

Located in Prague's New Town on the Vltava River and underneath the imposing rocks of Vyšehrad is the Cubist Kovařovic Villa. This gorgeous structure by Czech architect Josef Chochol is a shining example of Cubist architecture in the Bohemian lands, inspired by the classic Cubist works of Braque and Picasso. This is a must see for lovers of archite...

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Palác Adria

Located in Prague's bustling New Town neighborhood on the corner of Jungmannovo náměstí and Národní třída is Palác Adria, a gorgeous Rondo-Cubist structure. This architectural gem is on a wondrous square that features Art Deco and Art Nouveau structures as well. The palace has an attractive cafe on the top floor with a large terrace that overlooks...

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Legio Bank Building

Located on Na poříčí Street is the intriguing Legio Bank Building, a splendid example of Rondo-Cubist architecture in the center of Prague. If you happen to be a lover of architecture, this structure is definitely a must see during your architecture rounds in Prague. Designed by Czech architecture Josef Gočár, the same architect who designed the fa...

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Cubist Lamp Post

Situated off of bustling Wenceslas Square on Jungmannovo náměstí is the Cubist Lamp Post. Designed by Czech architect Emil Králíček, this lamp post is the only Cubist lamp post in the world. If you happen to be a fan of architecture the Cubist Lamp Post is worth a quick look especially seeing it is right off of Wenceslas Square in New Town. The bas...

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