Art Out & About: Green Space

Events — By Jacy Meyer on July 30, 2010 at 6:00 am

As if the beautiful chateau and gardens in Troja weren’t reason enough to spend a sunny afternoon there, Green Space brings a bit of modern sculpture to the Baroque setting. Troja Chateau was built in 1695 by Count Václav Vojtěch of Šternberk, a member of one of the oldest noble Czech families. Designed by French architect Jean Baptiste Mathey, you’ll see a lot of Roman villa elements in the chateau. Mathey spent time in Italy and was inspired by these types of homes. The outside of the chateau and the gorgeous gardens (designed taking into consideration architecture, water elements, sculpture and greenery) are free for a wander. You can visit the permanent exhibition inside the chateau, Eternal Summer in a Roman Villa which gives you an opportunity to see the beautiful painting collection, plus learn more about the art and architecture of the building and the people who lived there.

Through October though, you’ll get another free sculpture bonus. For the past three years, Green Space has showcased contemporary art strategically placed in the midst of their older, Baroque ancestors on the grounds of the chateau. Four Czech women were asked to provide pieces for this installation. Concrete and stone take on lives of their own under these women’s artful hands. Geometric and overlapping forms, a nod to Baroque-style reliefs and twinned shapes all add an additional layer of loveliness to this already exquisite garden.

Photos courtesy of City Gallery Prague

Tags: Art, Parks, sculpture