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Villa Bilek

Mickiewiczova 233/1, Prague 160 00, Czech Republic
+420 233 323 631
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Frantisek Bilek built his studio villa in the Prague neighbourhood of Hradschin between 1910 and 1911 according to his own plans and design. Bilek was mainly a sculptor and graphic artist, but his religious approach to art gradually steered him towards the need to create complex environments in which his works would find multi-layered function and roles, thus fulfilling Bilekʼs vision of spiritualizing human life. His architecture was mainly idea-motivated. In Bilekʼs view, the Prague villa should express “life as a field full of ripe ears, nurturing our brothers every day. Many ears are bundled into sheaves – columns. Some columns remain unfinished for they do not support anything”. The segmented ground plan can be read as the trace of a scythe harvesting grain, while the conspicuous shape of the columns should remind one of ancient Egyptian temple architecture. The ecru brick and roughly processed stone draw the architecture nearer to Nature and human work. The irregularly articulated interior is dominated by the high studio as a natural working and spiritual centre of the building. Villa Bilek has been in the possession of Prague City Gallery since 1963. The permanent exhibition, which was opened here recently, presents Bilekʼs works of art from the supreme stage of his artistic development along with the original interior furnishing.
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Dec 19, 2017
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Oct 3, 2015
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Mickiewiczova 233/1, Prague 160 00, Czech Republic
Praha 6
+420 233 323 631
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

.....Although the staff were lovely and helpful, most of the furniture and exhibits have been lent to a museum in China until 2018. The sculpture studio has some beautiful pieces in it but I was keen to see some of the original furniture etc which...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2015

For us is 5 stars, because we love architecture and art. Bilek was like a Frank Lloyd Wright, in that he was artistic and created in many ways. The house is an example of his creative talent everywhere, from the hinges on the door, to...More

1  Thank RICK B
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Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

I strongly recommend this small but extremely inspirational place, where you can see how the Genius worked and lived. The staff was very helpful and kind.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The whole building was designed by famous Czech symbolist Art Nouveau sculptor František Bílek as his family house and a studio, at the same time as one big thoughtful piece of art. Every single piece of furniture and detail was designed and created by the...More

2  Thank Rostislav W
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Based on a small comment in the Lonely Planet we visited this studio as it was one of the newer attractions in Prague. It is very easy to get to as it is on the tram 22 line one stop before the castle if you...More

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