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House of Art of České Budějovice

Caruso St John
House of Art of České Budějovice

In the period between 1997 - 2009, the House of Art of České Budějovice, which houses the Contemporary Art Gallery, was managed by the Městské kulturní domy (Municipal Houses of Culture) joint-stock company, which had the building in a long-term lease from the town. At the beginning of February 2010 the management of the gallery was taken over by the section of culture of the town of České Budějovice.

Since 1998, the dramaturgy of this gallery has been focused, under the management of the curator Michal Škoda, on contemporary visual arts and architecture. Every year, the gallery prepares exhibitions exhibitions of the most interesting Czech artists but also important artists from abroad. Most of these are thus presented for the first time not only in this country but in Eastern Europe in general. Space is given to interesting young artists, too. This is not a commercial or collection gallery.

In České Budějovice they succeeded in establishing an important, prestigious gallery with an international renown that is the only one in the Czech Republic to prepare a programme with such a high number of quality exhibitions of foreign artists every year. This is also reflected in the fact that České Budějovice appears in the international awareness not only as a town where world-famous beer is produced, but also where something notable in the field of culture can be found.

Owing to systematic work, nowadays the House of Art ranks among the best places in the field of culture that can be visited in the Czech Republic.