The new permanent exhibition will be installed on the third floor of the Trade Fair Palace on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. Based on the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, complemented with loans from institutions and private collections, the exhibition will introduce the rich and cosmopolitan art scene in the young independent Czechoslovakia between 1918 and 1938.
The exhibition will be interdisciplinary, presenting not only visual artworks but also other cultural forms that flourished during the first republic, such as book illustrations, design, graphic design, etc. Using art topography, it will show the diversity of the art production and the lively cultural scene of the period.
The exhibition will present the art of the first republic through the eyes of a 1920s and 1930s art goer and introduce prominent galleries, art clubs and institutions, as well as the important cultural centres of the young state. It will primarily concentrate on Prague as an art centre with lively exhibition activity that focused not only on local artists but also on the most progressive names from all around Europe. However, the exhibition will also address other centres such as Brno, Zlín, Bratislava, Košice and Uzhgorod. The curators will partly reconstruct important exhibitions that were held in these centres during the first republic period (the exhibition of the Tvrdošíjní group, the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Brno, Poesie 32, the First Exhibition of Surrealists in Czechoslovakia).
The exhibition will introduce important cultural events of the period and emphasize the first republic's cosmopolitan and multinational character. This approach aims not only to show with historical accuracy how wealthy and diverse the culture of the young state was but also offer inspiration for the present where the lack of historical knowledge often results in xenophobic attitudes. The new permanent exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive educational program.