ABOUT US

KUNSTHALLE PRAHA IS A NEW SPACE FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS CURRENTLY BEING DEVELOPED IN THE BUILDING OF THE FORMER ZENGER TRANSFORMER SUBSTATION IN THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF PRAGUE. ONCE THE RECONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETED, KUNSTHALLE PRAHA WILL OFFER VISITORS AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF EXHIBITION AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS, CULTURAL EVENTS AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.


OUR MISSION

Kunsthalle Praha’s mission is to contribute to a deeper understanding of Czech and international art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to communicate this with a dynamic, contemporary programme to the broadest possible public. We aim to create a leading cultural institution grounded in expertise and open cooperation, a space which integrates the experience of art and culture into everyday life.


ORIGINS OF THE PROJECT

Like many contemporary private and public art museums, Kunsthalle Praha’s origins can be traced back to the initiative of individuals. Kunsthalle Praha was launched as a non-profit project with the support of Czech art collectors and supporters of the arts Petr and Pavlina Pudil.

"We’ve had the idea of establishing an art museum in Prague for several years. When the opportunity arose to purchase a building in Prague's Klárov district, that dream became a reality. We soon realized that the building had the potential to become a unique exhibition space for a leading Czech art museum.

We do not want to create a monument to our collection, but a cultural institution open to all who seek inspiration in art. "

Petr and Pavlína Pudil
Founders of Kunsthalle Praha and The Pudil Family Foundation


COOPERATION

We are convinced that the objectives of Kunsthalle Praha can only be achieved through open cooperation with other cultural institutions, Czech and international scholars, artists and collectors as well as visitors and local communities. Kunsthalle Praha is a member of the international museum organizations ICOM and AAM.


PROGRAMME

We are preparing a rich palette of exhibitions, educational programmes, cultural activities and social events for Kunsthalle Praha visitors. The exhibition programme will address themes relevant to the Czech and international art scenes from the modern era up to the present.

COLLECTIONS

For many years, Kunsthalle Praha has been building a representational collection of Czech and international art from the 20th century to the present day. The collection will provide an important resource for exhibitions, research, publishing and educational projects.

RESEARCH

Kunsthalle Praha's research projects will explore new points of view on modern and contemporary art and contextualize Czech art in relation to international trends and events. Our research findings will become the basis for exhibitions, publications and educational programmes.


OUR TEAM

We are gradually building up a professional core team with expertise in the areas of general management, exhibition development, collection management, education, communication, operations management and administration.

Our team cooperates on a project basis with many external partners such as local and international private or public institutions, curators, art historians, researchers, education professionals, artists and volunteers.

Ivana Goossen
Member of the Board of Directors

Responsible for executive management of Kunsthalle Praha's activities, including strategic planning, programming, collection management, operations management, communications, staffing, finance and administration.

Anežka Mazurová
Executive Assistant

Provides executive assistance in the areas of general management, operations, finance and administration.

Christelle Havranek
Head of Exhibitions - Curator

Leads the development and implementation of Kunsthalle Praha’s exhibition programme, manages related partnerships and research projects.

Kristýna Kottová
Assistant Curator

Assists in the research and development of exhibitions and public programmes. Coordinates the organisation and administration of exhibitions.

Štefan Tóth
Collection Manager

Responsible for art acquisition for Kunsthalle Praha collection; In charge of collection conservation, research and non-exhibition related research projects and publications.

Pavla Zámečníková
Registrar

Coordinates all aspects of lending and borrowing of art works at both local and international level. Manages the administration, logistics, cataloguing and digitization of the Kunsthalle Praha collection.

Eliška Havlová
Curator of the Czech Art Edition

Liaises with the authors of individual monographs of the Czech Art Edition and their subsequent publication.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PETR PUDIL
Chairman of the Board of Directors

PAVLÍNA PUDILOVÁ
Member of the Board of Directors

IVANA GOOSSEN
Member of the Board of Directors

Co-develops Kunsthalle Praha's strategy, manages grant approvals, assesses key issues of Kunsthalle Praha's development and oversees Kunsthalle Praha activities in relation to the institute’s mission.

Co-develops Kunsthalle Praha's strategy, manages grant approvals, assesses key issues of Kunsthalle Praha's development and oversees Kunsthalle Praha activities in relation to the institute’s mission.

Co-develops Kunsthalle Praha's strategy and is responsible for the implementation of strategic plans and executive management of Kunsthalle Praha.


BOARD OF CONSULTANTS

We are currently building up the Kunsthalle Praha International Board of Advisors. This is an informal, non-executive body whose members are experts with significant experience in the fields of art history, curatorship, collection management, restoration, education and other areas. The role of the advisory board is to support Kunsthalle Praha in achieving its goal of becoming a leading cultural institution as well as a visitor-friendly space rich with inspiration.

Current members of the Board of Advisors of Kunsthalle Praha:

MATTHEW S. WITKOVSKY
Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago

MARKÉTA THEINHARDT
Art historian, associate professor at the Université Paris-Sorbonne

MARTIN KODL
Gallery owner and 20th century art expert