National Gallery announces long-term plans

Works by Henri Matisse coming in 2020, but lots of changes before that

The National Gallery in Prague in 2019 he will host an exhibition of century Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti and in 2020 there will be works by French painter Henri Matisse.

The gallery also announced plans for 2018, which include a new focus for Salmovský palác and some shows by renowned names in modern art.

The grand opening in the spring of 2018 at Veletržní palác (the Trade Fair Palace) will see the space currently filled with an exhibition by Ai Weiwei replaced by works by German artist Katarina Grosse. An exhibition of works by Austrian painter Maria Lassnig, who died in 2014, will begin at the same time. She is known for her introspective self portraits.

Art from the 19th-century art, which has been in Salm Palace (Salmovský palác), will be moved to Veletržní palác over the next few years.

Salm Palace will reopen June 7, 2018, and focus on contemporary visual art. The venue will work in cooperation with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary of Vienna.

National Gallery director Jiří Fajt said that a pavilion by American minimalist artist Dan Graham could be created in the courtyard of Salm Palace. The exterior could also have works by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, who works with light and water. He has created a water fall that seems to flow upward. These ideas have to approved by monument keepers, as the palace is a listed landmark.

An exhibition of works by Alberto Giacometti, now at the Tate Modern in London, will be in Kinský Palace in 2019.

Schwarzenberg Palace will close for renovations in the later part of 2018 and reopen in February 2019 with an exhibition of old masters. The Renaissance and Baroque exhibits will get a new look.

Big exhibitions of Czech artists in the planning stages include drawings by Václav Hollar, an exhibition by Mikuláš Medek and an exhibition of the generation of women born in the 1920s such as Eva Kmentová, Adriena Šimotová, the Válová sister, Věra Janoušková and Alena Kučerová.

The National Gallery is also negotiating with sculptor Anish Kapor about an exhibition at Saint Agnes Convent (Anežský klášter). The size of the exhibition has not been determined.

The exhibition the furthest away will be works by Henri Matisse that will be in Prague in 2020, in cooperation with the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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