So you’ve seen the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge and while you’re revelling in the historic beauty of the city you want to see some more contemporary art in Prague. Thankfully over the last decade a smattering of different galleries, music venues, and arts centers have sprung up all throughout the city. I’ve made this post to help someone new to Prague to find the best underground art venues and shows. Of course your first stop should be the space my wife and I run at Cajkovskeho 22 in Zizkov, but once you’ve seen enough stuffed animals and paintings you can venture out to some of the hidden artistic underground treasures Prague has to offer. If you are looking for Contemporary Art and Music in Prague then this is the definitive list of music venues, weirdo exhibition spaces, and relatively unknown spaces which won’t be listed in the guidebooks.
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Futura Gallery is located at Holečkova 49 in Praha 5, you’ll have to take the 176 bus up to the tram stop Holeckova. Go to the tram stop Švandovo divadlo and from here you can catch the bus up the hill. The gallery is open from Wednesday until Sunday from 11 to 6. Futura does a lot of work with bringing international contemporary artists to their space and is an integral part in Prague Bienalle. Upstairs they have a very nice and open white box style gallery featuring international and local contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Downstairs there is a “project space” where up and coming artists often feature their work. The gallery also has a nice outdoor garden with two large sculptures of men bending over and you can look into their asses and see a video. The piece was made for Futura by Czech artist David Cerny.
AM180 is both an underground gallery space, but they also promote many of the best indie music shows in Czech Republic. At Cafe Utopia on Belehradska 45 is situated their gallery space where you will often see the more cutting edge young czech artists. It is important to check their schedule often as opening times and vernisaz’s are constantly changing depending on the current exhibit.
It’s time to brush up on your czech (or Google Translate skills) as this is the main website which is constantly updated with gallery openings and underground music concerts. Another good place to look is ArtMap which is also updated with the latest contemporary art and music shows in Prague, Czech Republic.
City Surfer is located at Borivoja 67 and hosts monthly exhibitions, film projections, theater, workshops and seminars. Just a few blocks from Bliss Farm in Zizkov. Take the 9 or 26 tram to Lipanska from the center, or walk down from the Jiriho Z Podebrad metro station.
Meet Factory is probably the largest and most well known alternative art and music spaces in Prague, if not Czech Republic. It’s a little difficult to get to as you will have to walk from the Smichov metro station but is definitely worth the journey. Founded by the well known Czech artist David Cerny this space is dedicated to showcasing the latest in contemporary art and music both from local artists as well as international ones.
Bajkajzl has a unique combination of uses. Originally started as a bike shop located within Meet Factory the shops have popped up all over Prague where they host everything from concerts to bike repairs, beers, and a cafe. Bajkazyl has managed to find some of the nicest areas in Prague to relax with a cup of coffee or a beer. There are three current locations of their shops. One is at located right on the river, and the second is right above the entrance to the Karlin Tunnel. See the embedded map for exact details as both of these locations don’t have definitive addresses.
Berlinske model is a little gallery, cafe, and live music venue located just up the street from Vltavska, and right next door to two other great contemporary art locations which we will look at next. From Vltavska metro stop you will walk towards the large church where Sochora 9 is located. Generally they have openings on Wednesday’s and they used to have the artist who was exhibiting also prepare a dish for the event.
The chemistry gallery has two locations, one at Bubenská 1477/1 and the second at U Kanálky 1359/4 . Specializing largely in street art and painting this gallery is a clean space run by a wonderful curator who showcases the best local talent. Many of the pieces are available for purchase if you are looking to pick up some contemporary art while in Prague.
Divus is a printing house which produces the top art magazine in Czech Republic. Their space near Vltavska metro stop, the Chemistry Gallery, and Berlinske Model hosts a cafe, an art gallery, and frequent musical performances.
Final Klub is a little bar and music venue with a rotating exhibition of local up and coming czech artists. You’ll have to buzz the doorbell to get in but it’s worth it as you will be privy to some of the weirdest and interesting music venues in Prague. The space is small, and damp, and it’s a bit of a dive but definitely a fun place out or a night of partying and noise music.
Standard large white box gallery with clean walls, fashionably dressed individuals, and some of the biggest names in international contemporary art.
The gallery is attatched to the symphony hall. The building is expansive and gorgeous, and the entrance fee will put you back more than most of the other spaces on this list but they showcase some of the most interesting painting as well as photography exhibitions in Czech Republic.
Trafacka is an artistic space for exhibitions as well as a underground music venue. Located a bit off the beaten path, the journey is well worth it. The space originally started in an old building which had a feel similar to a squat. However the large windows and huge ceilings made it a very interesting exhibition space as well.
Located next to Skolska 28 which is another great venue for both visual art as well as underground experimental music is Fotograf Gallery where you will find some of the most intelligently curated shows of contemporary czech artists.
Skolska 28 is a fantastic space with a cozy little cafe/bar nuzzled into the back of a large gallery space with great light. The space also showcases experimental music concerts as well as contemporary visual art exhibitions. They also have a residency program and many of the performances are also residents.
This is a fashion and accessory shop that features the work of many of the design students in Czech Republic.
This is the shop, recording studio, print factory, dark room, school, and gallery I operate with my wife. Come on in and say hi to me and I’ll be happy to give you any advice on things to check out and also try to sell you a silk screened shirt, stuffed animal, or a painting of one eyed victorian woman. Or pop by to one of our monthly figure drawing sessions.