František Bílek: Journey

Curator: Hana Larvová

The ideological/sculptural project The Journey, in which the young artist František Bílek (1872-1941) responded to the inspiration and experience of his study stay in Paris in the early 1890s, is one of the most interesting concepts of his early mystical work, alongside the theme of Christ.

It illustrates Bílek’s distinctive interpretation of Christianity, which opens up a complex space of reflection on the meaning of human existence and its belonging to the eternal cycle of the universe. Inspired by the esoteric and then popular philosophy of Édouard Schuré (Les Grands Initiés), Bílek has translated his own monumental epic of humanity’s earthly spiritual pilgrimage through history in search of salvation. It begins with the primordial fall to the Earth and continues from Meteor, Adam and Eve to the mysterious initiates and the first disciples of Christ. Of the entire cycle, Bílek really made only the statue of Moses (1905) and, many years later, the sculpture of Adam and Eve (1921). Some of the others have remained only in sculptural sketches, the largest of which are Meteor (1903) and Dance around the Golden Calf (1903). The Journey was also published as a set of prints in 1909 and, together with The Building of the Future Temple in Us, published a year earlier, is Bílek’s most important book project of this period.

The building also houses a permanent exhibition presenting the most important of František Bílek’s work and more of his work is available at a permanent exhibition in Chýnov.

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František Bílek: Journey

from: 2. 7. 2024
to: 1. 6. 2026

Curator: Hana Larvová
Architect: Tomáš Svoboda

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

Open
Tue-Sun 10 am – 6 pm

The building is not barrier-free.

Admission

  • CZK 150 full / adults
  • CZK 60 reduced / pupils and students age 11–26; ISIC, ITIC and EYCA card holders; senior citizens age 65+; school groups
  • CZK 50 reduced / children age 6–10
  • CZK 330 family / 2 adults + 1–4 children under 15 y.
  • free / GHMP Member / GHMP Member Plus; GHMP Patron

Special admissions and special discounts

Ticket office T (+420) 233 323 631

The maximum capacity of the building is limited to 15 visitors.