Aleš South Bohemian Gallery is the only art museum in the South Bohemian Region, and one of the five largest institutions of its kind in the Czech Republic. It started its activity on the 1st January 1953 and got the name of the south bohemian painter Mikoláš Aleš (1852-1913).
Its main residence is a former neo-gothic castle riding school in Hluboká nad Vltavou (built 1845-1847 by the Viennese architect Franz Beer, and subsequently adapted by a Budweiser architect Jaroslav Fidra in 1953-1955). The castle riding school AJG holds the main exposition projects of the season. In 1967 a branch was established - AJG ceramics department, which is located in a refurbished building of the former castle brewery in Bechyně. A renovated Wortner House was opened in České Budějovice for exhibition purposes in 1993. It is a Gothic building restored in a Renaissance style.
Alšova South Bohemian Gallery offers a wide selection of expositions from their own collections and also projects created in a cooperation with external curators, galleries and private entities. Apart from this there is a rich accompanying programme of guided tours, lecture series, concerts. A newly established educational center organizes creative educational programmes for kids and youths, art studios and teachers.
The castle riding school AJG holds one of the most complete collections of medieval art in the Czech Republic as a permanent exposition. It contains more than 150 pieces of panel painting and sculptures, created between the years 1275 and 1530. The collection is an evidence of high level of czech medieval art from South and South-west Bohemia (outstanding pieces of work of early and high Luxembourg Gothic, work of the Master of the Vyšebrod Cycle, or the Master of the Trebon altarpiece, the Beautiful style, late Gothic sculptures of Master of Mourning of Žebrák, Danube school, etc.)
Wortner House AJG is located in the picturesque historic centrum of České Budějovice. It was opened in the january of 1993, and it's used for small and medium-sized expositions. The exhibition halls are placed in the renaissance building from the middle of 16th century, with a gothic core, characteristic battlements, corner towers on the attic and a small yard at the rear.
The International museum of ceramics, branch of Aleš South Bohemian Gallery in Hluboká nad Vltavou, was created in connection with the International Symposium on Ceramics. Thanks to the activity of the second director of AJG, Břetislav Lauda, city government of Bechyně, ceramic school and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the idea of foundation of the museum appeared in the middle of 1950's. Ten years later, a few farm building were adapted for this purpose. The castle brewery is used this way till today. The reconstruction was carried out by SÚPROMO Prague in the brutalist trend with the use of exposed concrete, building additions and quality materials: slate, clay ceramic tiles and solid wood.
The museum was founded as a collection of unique results of the International Symposium on Ceramics, first organized in 1966 by Lubomír Těhník and Václav Šerák. Nowadays, it's the longest continually functioning symposium on the European continent.
|CASTLE RIDING SCHOOL AJG, HLUBOKÁ NAD VLTAVOU||OPEN DAILY|
|March - October||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|November - February||9:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
Zámecká jízdárna, čp. 144, Hluboká nad Vltavou
|WORTNER HOUSE AJG, ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE|
|From June 2020||10 AM – 6:00 PM|
U Černé věže 22, České Budějovice
|INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CERAMICS, BECHYNĚ||OPEN DAILY|
|June - October||10:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
Zámek, čp. 135, Bechyně
The fifth alternation cycle of the permanent exposition which comprises a heritage set of medieval art together with Czech modern art of the 20th century from the collections of the South Bohemian Gallery. The exposition is regularly supplemented with the artistic interventions of contemporary Czech and foreign artists such as Patrik Hábl, Esther Stocker, Petr Dub, and Ruben Montini. This year’s event shall also bring a new art entry of a significant contemporary artist.
August – October
A unique collection from the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts was in its time built to map the avant-garde trends in Russia in the period 1910-1920. For this reason, the exhibition is presented mainly as an interesting cultural-historical unit. The selection of thirty-six works of art introduces significant Russian artists, such as Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Gonchrova, Olga Rozanova, and many others.
June – October
Tomáš Císařovský is currently one of the most renowned Czech painters. He draws attention not only by his unusually conservative painting program, but also by the rigour with which he moves in the proven and durable medium that painting represents today. He rigorously works with his traditional genres, such as portraits, figurative compositions, or the landscape. However, he is capable of developing them by the idea of fundamental living or existential human situations and historical assumptions of our existence.
September – Januar 2021
Jakub Matuška aka Masker is one of the most interesting artists of the younger generation. The most important component of his works is painting, but he also focuses on photographs, videos, installations, and sculpture. Masker’s paintings are attractive by combinations of the approaches of monumental painting and street art,
which integrate technical elements into the works. They thus create strongly deformed figurative scenes dedicated to the environment, creating mutually pervading spaces. Masker’s works mainly emanate a strange atmosphere that attracts the viewer into the core of the artist’s mind.
December 2020 – January 2021
The Aleš’s Country annual exhibition project is intended for children and youth in the field of art, drama, literary, and music education. All training and educational institutions from all regions can participate in the project. The aim of the project is to motivate the pedagogues to engage in creative works with the students.
June – August
Jan Gemrot expresses himself through typical means of visual art, and his creations represent an innovative development of traditional painting in the best meaning of the word. The perfect mastering of painting technique, just like the artist’s stylish oscillation between realism and hyperrealism, make him one of the most interesting painters from what is now the legendary “Beran School”. The exhibition is conceived as a selection of his output up to now, but new works thematising the crash of two MiG aircraft into a housing estate in České Budějovice in 1998 are prepared as well.
June – August
The 1960s both abroad and in the then Czechoslovakia were characterised by a great desire for freedom which was accompanied by an artistic effort that was until then unprecedented. A generation of visual artists who began to create global but, simultaneously, also sovereignly Slovak neo-avantgarde art emerged at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in this atmosphere. One of the collectors of Slovak conceptual art is Boris Kršňák, a Slovak living in Prague. Works by such artists as Rudolf Sikora, Juraj Koller, Stano Filko, Alex Mlynarčik, Michael Kern, Rudolf Fila and others will be on display.
September – January 2021
The exhibition will focus on the anachronistic nature of Czech Cubism and its glimmering Baroque layer. In particular, works by artists linked to the Group of Fine Artists from the period 1911–1914 and of the Bohemian High Baroque of the late 17th and early 18th century will be on display. Theoretical argumentation and a more profound treatise on the issues will be provided to visitors through a catalogue.
June – October
Antonín Škoda created many ceramic fountains, decorations, and embossments in architecture in Southern Bohemia, which ranks him among the significant artists not only of regional importance, of the second half of 20th century. Apart from the individual creations, he was also a member of the Jihotvar Production Cooperative in Hrdějovice in the 60s, where he created ceramics collections, which presented the Jihotvar Cooperative at many exhibitions in Prague, Brno, and abroad. The comprehensive exhibition introduces both the copyright works of Antonín Škoda and the artwork from Jihotvar.
June – October
Paulina Skavová is a Czech sculptress, scenographer, and conceptual artist. Her works are typically characterised by freedom, playfulness, and consistency. She uses wit and exaggeration to liven up serious modelling, which is narrowly defined for sculptures, objects, and installations.
February – June
Miloslav Nováček is a South Bohemian visual artist who has created a number of graphic cycles imbued with a symbolism that shows love, desire, creation and doom. Their titles evoke the spheres of interest of this artist, who is firmly connected with both the countryside of South Bohemia and the world of his own fantasy. Other means of visual expression included pen-and-ink, charcoal and coloured drawings. In the cycles created using these techniques he has enriched his output with subtle colourfulness and an impressive expression of selected themes.