The Art Gallery for children GUD is our favourite one. When Ella was three, she took part at its art workshops. The experimental painting for the youngest is amazing and the children have fun from the beginning to the end. I'm so sorry they have been denied from Kafka's house and have to find a new place. At the chateau Chvalský zámek in Prague 9 - Horní Počernice, the GUD organizes nice exhibition the Flower. An interactive exhibition of flowers by prominent artists, which we had to visit.
Jiří Kubík: Planet of Flowers
At the beginning of the exhibition we looked into the history of how the flower changed in the artistic work from the Middle Ages to the present, and what symbol the flower was for the artists in their works. This central statue bears the name of the Planet of Flowers and was created by academic sculptor Jiří Kubík. For children there are ten activities with different tasks. Works of prominent artists of the 20th century have been selected, not only for the children to recognize them, but above all to understand that every artist has own concept of seeing the world - just as children have.
Pablo Picasso: Flowers of the Evening
Pablo Picasso's flowers on the painting were probably designed for a festive occasion, although they are very simply painted. Sculptor Jiří Kubík took these flowers out of the paper so they could reach the children. Just twist the stem and the whole flower is moving.
Gustav Klimt: Poppy Field
Have you ever wanted to enter the picture? You have the opportunity here! Author of the original Poppy Field is Gustav Klimt and Marta Hricova create this canvas through which we entered another room.
Once we were in the poppy field, we also made one flower. There was all the material and instructions available, and it was not complicated.
August Macke: Flowers in the Garden
This painting of August Macke is a jungle full of exotic flowers. The picture is divided into nine pieces and the children can put toghether the picture and notice the details that are not visible at first glance.
Paul Klee: Flowers in the Stone
Paul Klee expressed flowers with circles, crosses, triangles and stains. Even this way flowers can look like. Every child, when begins to paint, uses different shapes for his expression. All the elements in the image are magnetized and the children can create either their own picture or put together the parts as they see them in the original reproduction on the wall.
Children can also paint a flower according to their imagination, create a collage of Claude Monet's painting from the paper squares, create a customized pixelized image of Vincent van Gogh's Sunflower from Lego, and see how the flower grows, blooms and fades in praxinoscope, rotating mirror machine.
Ella liked the exhibition very much. It took us an hour and a half and I recommend it to all children who like to discover, create and paint. The exhibition ends on May, 21 and you will find more information on the Chvalský zámek website.