The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

The building which hosts The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is located on 17 Listopadu 2 street, near the old Jewish cemetery, in Josefov district, once, before WWII, a thriving centre of Jewish religious, commercial and artistic life. The building is the last public constructions in Prague designed in the Neo-Renaissance style. It was…

Cubist Interior Design in Prague, Czechia 

Cubism, one of the first avant-garde movements in Europe, which drew its inspiration mainly from natural science and from the theories of perception, found an outstandingly fruitful territory in the Czech lands, in the years before WWI.  Here, artists grouped in the Manés Association of Fine Artists, established in 1887 in Prague, on the model…

Christmas Time at the Castle (Cantacuzino Winter Residence in Bușteni, Prahova Valley, Romania)

For further details on Cantacuzino Castle and on Bușteni, please read my previous post, Vernacular Architecture in the Southern Corridor of the Carpathian Mountains https://ralucagolesteanu.com/2018/02/06/vernacular-architecture-in-the-southern-corridor-of-the-carpathian-mountains/

 Prague Modernisms: From Late Art-Nouveau to Proto-Expressionism 

It is an obvious fact to Prague’s visitor that the architectural ages of this city are in a chronological, synchronic, and diachronic dialogue with each other. The group of constructions in Hradčany follows the passage from Romanesque, through Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and, later, to Historicism (via Classicism), echoing the historical developments of the…

The Municipal House (Obecní dům) in Prague, an Art Nouveau Masterpiece

Obecní dům in Prague, located on Náměstí Republiky, is a multipurpose building constructed in the years 1906-1911 by Antonín Balšánek and Osvlad Polívka. It was built where the King's Court (i.e. the seat of the Bohemian kings) stood in the 14th and 15th century. At the turn of the 20th century, the area around the old…

The ‘Ligia and Pompiliu Macovei’ Art Collection, Bucharest, Romania

On 11 Iunie Street, in an old, peaceful area of Bucharest, filled with the charm of fin-de-siècle and interwar style villas, there is an impressive building designed in French eclecticism style. Sadly, the house looks rather run-down but the visitor can still see the original lush decorations on the façade and at the entrance. Since…

The Intricate Moorish Style of Barcelona’s Buildings

Like all things which become indelibly connected to a blueprint in people's minds, Barcelona's architecture is automatically associated with Gaudi's masterpieces. This seems rightly so, especially that this late 19th century architect and artist's productions still represent a source of novelty in terms of design, space imagination, and construction techniques.  Nevertheless, Barcelona is home to…

Late Summer in the Old Bucharest (The Central-Eastern Part of the City)

For the keen walker on the streets of Bucharest, it is always pleasant to discover among rows of concrete buildings, which were eagerly erected throughout the Communist rule, insulated parts of the old, interwar city. One of these areas is located in the central-eastern part of the city (taking into account a map with the…