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Kunsthalle Praha
Photograph: Lukáš Masner / Kunsthalle Praha

A power station in Prague has been transformed into a dazzling art museum

The Kunsthalle Praha is the latest addition to the Czech capital’s thriving art scene

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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From historic museums to cutting-edge contemporary art, Prague’s already got quite a lot going on. But it seems the Czech capital has room for more. A new gallery has opened just west of the city centre – and it looks totally spectacular.

It’s called Kunsthalle Praha and is housed in an old electrical substation called Zenger. The two inaugural exhibitions are very much linked to the history of the building itself: one celebrates 100 years of electricity in art, while the other looks at how electricity has transformed cities and architecture.

The Kunsthalle has a huge range of Czech and international artists in its permanent collection, including Marcel Duchamp, Mary Ellen Bute, László Moholy-Nagy, Martha Boto and Ryoji Ikeda. Its focus is twentieth and twenty-first century art, and has a particularly impressive collection of works from the avant-garde Fluxus movement. Here are a few more pics of the place:

Kunsthalle Praha
Photograph: Lukáš Masner, Kunsthalle Praha
Kunsthalle Praha
Photograph: Lukáš Masner, Kunsthalle Praha
Kunsthalle Praha
Photograph: Lukáš Masner, Kunsthalle Praha

Backed by Petr and Pavlína Padil, the purchase and transformation of the Kunsthalle cost £29 million ($40 million). The building includes three large gallery spaces, a shop, a bistro and a café with a terrace overlooking over Petřín Hill and Prague Castle.

If you fancy a visit, tickets are 260 Czech koruna (£9, $12). Find out more on the Kunsthalle Praha website here.

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