Obecni Dum, Municipal House in English, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Peppered with mosaics, filigree metalwork and florid stucco swirls, the Municipal House is Prague's most flamboyant Art Nouveau decorated building. For one hundred years, Obecni Dum has been the center of cultural life of local residents and visitors alike.
Obecni Dum or Municipal House — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone
Celebrations include an exposition appropriately titled 1912, displaying works by famous Czech artists whose art was influenced by Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Cubism. The exhibition comprises works of art that were shown in 1912 at the first exhibition held in the Municipal House. Sculptures, paintings and architectural designs depict daily life in 1912. Not only does the exhibition show works by famous Czech artists such as Alfons Mucha, Emil Filla, Bohumil Kubišta, Jan Zrzavý, Jan Preisler and Josef Váchal, it also tells the story of the construction of this historic landmark. The exhibition includes scale-models for the grand semicircular mosaic panel above the Municipal House's entrance, including Karel Spillar's winning entry.
If you want to see more of the Municipal House's splendid interior, join one of the guided tours. Round off your visit in Grand Kavarna, the Municipal House Café. Return one evening to listen to a concert in the Smetana Hall, home of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Listen to a rousing performance of Bedrich Smetana's My Vlast.
Exhibition 1912 runs until January 31, 2013 at the Municipal House, Námesti Republiky 5, Prague 1.