Villa Bílek

František Bílek built his studio villa in the Prague Hradčany Disctrict 1910 and 1911 according to his own plans and design. Bílek was mainly a sculptor and graphic artist, but his religious approach to art gradually steered him towards the need to create complex environments in which his works would find multi-layered function and roles, thus fulfilling Bílekʼs vision of spiritualizing human life. His architecture was mainly idea-motivated.

In Bílek’s view, the Prague villa should express “life as a field full of ripe ears, nurturing our brothers every day. Many ears are bundled into sheaves – columns. Some columns remain unfinished for they do not support anything”. The segmented ground plan can be read as the trace of a scythe harvesting grain, while the conspicuous shape of the columns should remind one of ancient Egyptian temple architecture. The ecru brick and roughly processed stone draw the architecture nearer to Nature and human work. The irregularly articulated interior is dominated by the high studio as a natural working and spiritual centre of the building. Villa Bílek has been in the possession of Prague City Gallery since 1963. The permanent exhibition, which was opened here recently, presents Bílekʼs works of art from the supreme stage of his artistic development along with the original interior furnishing.

Villa Bílek. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek – interior. Photo by Tomáš Souček
Villa Bílek. Photo by Der Architekt, 1912
Villa Bílek. Photo by Der Architekt, 1912

Info

Address
Villa Bílek
Mickiewiczova 233/1
160 00 Prague 6
Mapa

Open
Tue-Sun 1–6 pm

Accessibility
trams n. 2, 12, 18, 20 (Chotkovy sady stop)

Contact
T +420 233 323 631
E ghmp@ghmp.cz

Admission

full CZK 120 / adults
reduced CZK 60 / children under 10 y., students
seniors CZK 30 / seniors over 65 y.
schools CZK 20 / school groups with teacher