• Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář belongs to the generation of institutions involved in establishing the contemporary art market that came into being after 1989 in what was then still Czechoslovakia. Building its reputation on its dynamic and dramatic presentation, the gallery brings together leading artists representing both traditional and contemporary. To date, Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář has organised more than 200 solo shows and many collective exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Europe, the USA, and China, for the most part acting in collaboration with renowned art institutions.

    Publishing is a natural accompaniment to exhibition activities. To date, the gallery has produced more than 100 publications, all of which sensitively connect literature and philosophy with the visual arts in an international context. The gallery also produces films about art, and publishes albums of prints and other graphic works by artists from the Czech Republic and beyond.

    Two public spaces for art and relaxation, both located in Mariánská Street in Litomyšl (CZ) and designed by the architect Josef Pleskot, came to life thanks to the initiative of Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář. The first was opened in 2011 – 1art includes Václav Cigler’s Spring and is the world’s second smallest private park open to the public. The second is 2art – a zen garden, measuring 164 square metres in area, which opened in 2017. Both spaces immediately became very popular.

    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář is a pioneer when it comes to relations with China. In 2005, it became the first Czech private gallery to organise an exhibition in Beijing in collaboration with the National Gallery of China (NAMOC). The exhibition František Kupka: Man and Earth represents a breakthrough on the basis of the fact that it significantly contributed to the transformation of relations between China and the Czech Republic in the spheres of art and culture. One of the most important activities carried out by Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář consists of the popularisation of Chinese art in the Czech Republic and vice versa, and the gallery has served as a role model for many other institutions and individuals in both countries.

    The close relationship between the gallery’s founder, Zdeněk Sklenář, is rooted in his family background. He is the nephew and namesake of the famous Czech painter Zdeněk Sklenář (1910–1986), who was fascinated by China even as a child and s whose three-month stay in this Asian country had a profound influence on his life and his work.


    Josef Šíma   Mlno, 1927
    30 March –15 June 2024
    Mikulandská 7, 110  00 Prague 1 – New Town, CZ
    Tuesday–Saturday  1 pm–6 pm
    for barrier-free access please call in advance

    TOYEN / Books without borders
    27 March–16 June 2024
    Poděbradova 1291/12, 702 00 Ostrava 1
    Tuesday–Sunday   10 am-6 pm

  • It will be our pleasure to arrange the following professional services for you:

    – Appraisals of artworks and art collections (free of charge)
    – Artwork fitting, framing, and finishing
    – Art installations
    – Safekeeping of artworks
    – Professional transport for artworks
    – Expert opinions prepared by leading art historians
    – Restoration of artworks in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and other specialised institutions

  • Requests to borrow artworks must be submitted in writing and sent by registered post at least two months prior to the exhibition start date. Requests sent via email will not be considered as official requests for borrowing an artwork.

    Requests for the loan of an artwork (artworks) must include the following:
    – Title and description (annotation) of the exhibition for which the loan of the artwork is being requested
    – The relevance of the requested artwork in relation to the exhibition in question
    – The location, specific site, and the exhibition start and end dates
    – A list of the requested artworks and/or artefacts

  • Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář Exhibition Spaces:

    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Litomyšl (1997 – to date)

    1ar(t), 2ar(t) – public spaces for art and relaxation in Litomyšl (2011 and 2017 respectively – to date)

    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Petrská Street, Prague (1999–2001)

    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Smetanovo nábřeží, Prague
    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář (2001–2013)
    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář | S (2011–2013)
    Both of the above exhibition spaces were destroyed at 9:58 am on 29 April 2013 by a massive gas explosion of external origin.

    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Salvátorská Street, Praha (2014–2019)

    Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Mikulandská, Praha (2017–to date)

    Studio - Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář – CCC Beijing (2011–2018)
    Residencies for talented artists 

    According to gallerist Zdeněk Sklenář: The new Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář exhibition space in Mikulandská Street represents a challenge for presenting art and beauty in new ways.

    The Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, established in the mid-1990s by gallerist, patron of the arts, and art collector Zdeněk Sklenář, who is the nephew and namesake of the leading Czech painter, graphic artist, and illustrator, Zdeněk Sklenář (1910–1986), participated in the modern Czech art market from its inception. Due to its uninterrupted activities aimed at presenting the most important values found in Czech art, Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář is one of the foundation stones of the present-day art world in the Czech Republic.

    From the very start, the gallery’s activities have been focused on renewing respect for artists who were disparaged by the previous regime, but who have, over time, gained a reputation as artistic phenomena of international renown. These include Zdeněk Sýkora, Václav Boštík, Karel Malich, Milan Grygar, Josef Šíma, Vladimír Boudník, Robert Piesen, and František Kupka to name but a few.

    The dynamic and dramatic methodology employed by Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář is based on the systematic presentation of Czech art locally and abroad (in Finland, China, Cuba, Germany, Great Britain, the USA, and many other countries). The gallery shows the work of artists dating back to the Realism of the end of the nineteenth century, including modern and abstract works, and ending with the tendencies and important trends found in contemporary art, frequently linking its activities with some of the world’s most important art institutions, such as the CAFA Art Museum, the Today Art Museum, and the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Chengdu, the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe,  the Ludwig Museum in  Koblenz, the Finnish Pori Art Museum, the Wifredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art in Havana, and, in New York, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

    In addition to exhibition activities, Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář carries out an extensive publishing programme. These include, for instance, special editions of monographs, exhibition catalogues, and albums of prints and other graphic works by leading Czech artists, including, amongst others, Milan Grygar, Karel Malich, Zdeněk Sýkora, and Václav Boštík. Many of these publications have received awards in the Czech Most Beautiful Book of the Year competition.

    Another important aspect within the context of exhibition dramaturgy is an active focus on the contemporary art scene in present-day China. The gallery offers residencies at the Studio – Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, which is located at the Czech China Contemporary (CCC) Centre in Beijing and provides comprehensive facilities for talented artists. Here, one will also find Generator – a monumental sculptural and architectural work by Jiří Příhoda, designed and made specifically for this venue. The residencies offered to Czech artists facilitates their involvement in the international art scene. To date, the following Czechs have been selected for this project: Antonín Střížek, Jiří Příhoda, Josef Achrer, David Hanvald, Petr Lysáček, Marek Číhal and Pavel Forman. 

    In December 2017, Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář presented itself at a new address in Prague:  Mikulandská Street No. 7 (the Schönkirch Palace). The generous area of more than 300 square meters of exhibition space bears the signature of the architect Josef Pleskot, who sensitively remodelled the premises. The layout will enable Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář to once again fully develop its diverse activities, for which it lost the ideal environment in 2013, when both of its exhibition venues located at Smetanovo nábřeží were completely destroyed by a gas explosion of external origin.

    In 2018 the Zdeněk Sklenář Foundation was established with the aim of ensuring the administration of copyrights and systematically preserving and developing the legacy left behind by one of the leading Czech artists of the twentieth century – the painter, graphic artist, and illustrator Zdeněk Sklenář (1910–1986). In addition to its art collecting activities, the institution also focuses on education in the areas of the fine arts and culture, as well as activities aimed at providing protection against art forgeries.

Mariánská 443, 570 01 Litomyšl
Open May to October, from 10 am to 10 pm 
Opening ceremony: 11 June 2011 at one minute past midnight 
Designed by the architect Josef Pleskot, 1ar(t) is 100 m2 in area and is the world´s second smallest private park that is open to the public. Dedicated to art and relaxation, it includes Václav Cigler’s Spring.
Mariánská 243, 570 01 Litomyšl
Open 24/7, 365 days per year
Opening ceremony: 17 June 2017 at one minute past midnight
This project was designed by the architect Josef Pleskot as a public zen garden. The space, measuring 164 m2 in area, was inspired by the earlier 1ar(t) park for art and relaxation.
Gallery Founder and Director
Zdeněk Sklenář

Director’s Office

Executive Director
Ilona Sklenářová

Public and Media Relations
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Finance Department        
Jana Demelová
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Markéta Recmanová 
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Natálie Henclová 
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Art and Exhibition Project Coordinator
Petr Špaček
+420 733 558 903

Publishing and Editing Activities
Marta Chovančíková
+420 739 640 917

Zdeněk Sklenář Foundation

Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář s.r.o.
Mikulandská 135/7, 110 00 Prague 1 – New Town, CZ
Company ID 27145948, VAT ID CZ27145948