Today, we are going to discover the modern art culture of the Czech Republic. One of the most famous and well-known artists, whose contribution to the movement of Czech contemporary art cannot be overstated, is David Černý. His sculptures, which are both unique and inspiring, are accessible for free. No tickets, special exhibitions, or attending any events are needed! Absolutely everyone has the opportunity to enjoy his pieces when traveling to the Czech Republic – Černý’s sculptures are located all around Prague, representing fabulous ideas and inner thoughts of the author.
The first artwork, which got especially popular amongst modern art society is Babies (2000), located right on the Žižkov TV Tower. You can find it in Žižkov, Prague 3 by using the metro ( A/green line) or going from the tram station of Jiřího z Poděbrad. When getting there, you will see ten fiberglass newborns crawling up the building. The sculpture represents the communist era being the symbol of the inability to reach adulthood. Initially, Babies was a temporary installation by D. Černý, but most of the Prague citizens loved it and asked the author to install it permanently. In 2017, the renovation of Babies took place and by the end of 2019, a new sculpture with an increased weight of 250 kilograms was placed back onto the Žižkov TV Tower. Also, you can visit Žižkov TV Tower and have lunch or dinner at the Oblaka restaurant. The views from Television Tower are breathtaking and marvelous, so you definitely won’t regret it!
Giant Big Babies (2008)
metro station ( A/green line). There are three bronze babies with barcodes on their faces, which might make them creepy, at first sight. It is a popular tourist attraction, as many visitors climb on the sculpture to take pictures. Some tourists decide to visit the Kampa Museum, where exhibitions are devoted to modern art. You can learn which installations are held beforehand by visiting the official page of the museum. Children, seniors, and students can get discounted tickets with a valid ID.
The Head of Franz Kafka (2014)
The Head of Franz Kafka is a well-known sculpture among foreigners and tourists, who come to visit Prague. When you look at the statue, it mesmerizes you – the steel shimmers and reflects the sunlight and shadows. The Head of Franz Kafka looks differently every minute – it consists of 42 shaped steel panels, which rotate independently from each other. The maximum speed of the sculpture is six rotations per minute. It is situated in front of the shopping mall ‘Quadrio,’ near Národní Třída metro station ( B/ yellow line). There are plenty of local cafes and restaurants in the area, so feel free to fully immerse in Czech culture!
The last artwork, which we are going to cover today, is Piss (2004). Piss was described as one of the weirdest sculptures with a fountain basin in Prague. It is a moving statue of two men made from bronze, who are urinating while facing each other. Fun fact: Piss is considered to be the most interactive and entertaining sculpture of David Černý because you can send a message on a phone number written next to the sculpture, and the men will display your message through their piss technique. The sculpture is located in the yard of the Franz Kafka museum, near Malostranská metro station (A/green line). Afterward, you can enjoy a permanent exhibition about the life of the German writer, Franz Kafka, at the museum with the guide. Children, seniors, and students can get discounted tickets with a valid ID.