Cubism & Art Deco in Prague

Part Two: Second Wave of Cubism (1918-1922)

 

17. Kučera family tombstone in the Olšany Cemetery

Vinohradská 1835/153, Prague 3 – Žižkov
c. 1918

This elegant Cubist tombstone is located near the north wall of the cemetery. Its author is unknown.

kucera grave olsany cemetery

 

18. Švanda Theatre in Smíchov

Štefánikova 57/6, Praha 5 – Smíchov
Ladislav Machoň, 1918-1920

The original Classicist façade of this building was modified by Ladislav Machoň after World War I. Cubist features that he added include the motifs of overlapping diamonds flanking the entrance as well as the protruding triangles of the upper cornice. This is the only surviving Cubist work by Machoň.

svanda theatre

svanda theatre 2

 

19. Materna Factory Administration Building

Dělnická 313/20, Prague 7 – Holešovice
Rudolf Stockar, 1919-1920

This building was designed as Cubist, but in 1922 Stockar adapted it in Functionalist style. The façade was recently restored to its original appearance. However, this does not include the inscription above the entrance and the original Cubist doors.

materna factory 1

materna factory 2

 

20. Apartment buildings of the Teachers’ Cooperative on Elišky Krásnohorské 10-14

Otakar Novotný, 1919-1921

This block was built for a cooperative of teachers. Interesting elements include the entrances, the bay windows, the cornices, the pediments, and the colour combination. The structure is utilitarian rather than formalist, paving way for the Rondocubist architecture of the post-war period.

teachers house elisky krasnohorske 1

teachers house elisky krasnohorske 2

teachers house elisky krasnohorske 3

 

21. Portal of the former Trade Union Building

Na Perštýně 347/11, Prague 1 – Old Town
Alois Dryák, 1919-1922

This Art Deco building has a Cubist portal, which is a simplified version of that of the Diamond House.

trade union portal

 

22. DOPZ cooperative housing

Polská 1751/56-58, Prague 2 – Vinohrady
1921-1922

The author of this late Cubist building is unknown. Its most interesting feature is the portal, which originally contained an inscription mentioning the builder.

dopz 1

dopz 2