In 2023, the NATIONAL GALLERY PRAGUE celebrate one hundred years since the Czechoslovak state made a generous purchase of French art under the auspices of the President of the Republic Tomáš Garrigu Masaryk.
It was the result of the Czech cultural scene’s long-term interest in French visual arts, and at the same time, it was supposed to demonstrate the sympathy between the young Central European state and France at the level of official cultural-political diplomacy. State art collections thus acquired several dozen paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics by authors such as Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Eugène Delacroix, André Derain, Charles Despiau, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse , Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Georges Seurat and other world-famous artists.
A large part of them is displayed in the permanent exhibitions 1796–1918: Art of the Long Century and 1918–1938: The First Republic on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Trade Fair Palace.
The National Gallery Prague will celebrate this anniversary with an international conference, which takes place 2/11 – 3/11 2023 in St. Agnes Monastery, and a series of events intended for professionals and the general public.
An audio guide highlighting the purchased works exhibited in the permanent exhibitions 1796–1918: Art of the Long Century and 1918–1938: The First Republic in the Trade Fair Palace will also be available to visitors .