About us

Kunsthalle Praha is a brand-new art space on Prague's cultural map. Founded by The Pudil Family Foundation as a non-governmental organisation and non-profit platform, its aim is to connect the Czech and international art scenes. 

We decided to breathe life back into the former Zenger Transformation Station building, which is situated in the historic centre of Prague, and make it a more accessible space for the most diverse audience possible. As such, you’ll find three large gallery spaces, a design shop, a bistro, and a café with a terrace that features charming views of Petřín Hill and Prague Castle. We’ve managed to build an international program around short-term exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and innovative educational activities.

Our mission is to contribute to a deeper understanding of Czech and international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Through our art collection, research, and support for foreign artists via our artist-in-residence programme, we hope to bridge the gap between our art scene and the world’s.

Our name, Kunsthalle Praha, alludes to Prague’s multicultural past as a city of three nations, two languages, and one unique charm. Together we can help create an inspiring environment that will allow us all to discover and share new perspectives on culture and the world we live in.

We are looking forward to your visit!
Kunsthalle Praha Team

Why Kunsthalle?

The name Kunsthalle Praha is itself an accurate and internationally comprehensible designation of our institution. So-called kunsthalles, originating in the late 19th century, historically functioned as spaces hosting temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Such kunsthalles can still be found all around Europe.

On the one hand, there were museums, spaces for storing and displaying collections; on the other hand, there were kunsthalles, which presented temporary exhibitions of living artists. With time, the conceptions of these two types of institutions began to merge. Accordingly, we are also building our own collection at Kunsthalle Praha, but we will not exhibit it permanently—instead, we will gradually reveal it via temporary thematic exhibitions as well as our upcoming online database.

Contemporary kunsthalles represent laboratories of critical thinking and open dialogue about relevant topics both in art and in society more broadly. The aim is not to conserve art, but rather to offer new perspectives and progressive tendencies, and to reflect on the world we live in. Moreover, we also understand this German term— “kunsthalle” — as reflective of Prague’s multicultural roots as a city of three nations, two languages, and a unique charm.

Throughout the 19th and first half of the 20th century, Prague was an important cultural crossroads within Europe, partly due to the coexistence of Czechs, Germans and the Jewish community. We considered it important to retain the German term “kunsthalle” and naturally connect it to the name of the Czech capital city. We see this as a kind of signal for us to collectively become aware of this crucial and still deeply inspirational part of our own history. That is why Kunsthalle Praha.

Our team

We are an international team that openly cooperates with many external partners, including local, international, private, and state institutions as well as curators, art historians, researchers, education experts, artists, and volunteers.

MANAGEMENT

Ivana Goossen

Director

Mária Videka

Assistant to the Director & Office Manager

Soňa Poláková

Finance Supervisor

Anna Povejšilová

Membership & Development Manager

EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Christelle Havranek

Chief Curator

Eliška Žáková

Production Manager

Kateřina Slavíková

Incoming Loans Cooperator

Iva Polanecká

Project Manager

Lucie Sedláčková

Publications Coordinator

COLLECTION AND RESEARCH

Štefan Tóth

Collection Manager

Barbora Ropková

Curator of Collection

Anna Kodl

Assistant Curator of Collection

Žaneta Adamová

Registrar

COMMUNICATIONS

Ondřej Čížek

PR & Marketing Manager

Zuzana Dusilová

PR & Marketing Specialist

EDUCATION

Martina Freitagová

Education Programme Manager

DESIGN STORE

Tijana Slokar

Design Store Manager

Miroslav Haldina

Design Store Project Assistant

FACILITY, OPERATIONS

Kamila Švajgrová

Operations & Visitor Services Manager

Petr Hamouz

Facility Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Petr Pudil

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Pavlína Pudil

Member of the Board of Directors

Ivana Goossen

Member of the Board of Directors

ADVISORY BOARD

We are currently assembling an international advisory board for Kunsthalle Praha. This will consist of an informal, non-executive body whose members are experts with a wealth of experience in art history, curation, collections management, art restoration, education, and other fields. The role of the advisory board is to support the Kunsthalle Praha in achieving its goal of becoming a leading cultural institution and a friendly and inspiring environment for the general public.

Current members:

Matthew S. Witkovsky

Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago

Aaron Cezar

Director, Delfina Foundation, London

Peter Kulloi

Philantropist, Tate's Russian and Eastern European Committee Member and Board Member of various charity projects

Markéta Theinhardt

Art Historian, Associate Professor at the Université Paris-Sorbonne

Martin Kodl

Gallery Owner and 20th century Art Expert