Czech National Bank was baptizing its new artistic direction and a new look, which embodied into the artistic project called Passage of Czech Design. The official opening and launch of the passage took place on Monday 19th December, 2016.

The baptism of new Passage of Czech Design was joined by Governor of Czech National Bank Mr. Jiri Rusnok, Mayor of the City of Prague Mrs. Adriana Krnacova, Mayor of Prague 1 Mr. Oldrich Lomecky, Director of Decorative Arts Museum Mrs. Helena Koenigsmarkova and Project Director of Passage of Czech Design Mrs. Stepanka Zinkaizlova. The ceremony was opened by cutting of the ribbon by the above persons.

The new interior is decorated with showcases of conceptual parts of unique artists and designers. These include Mr. Jozef Gaspierik, Slovak painter based in Prague, with his naïve-Cubist paintings with elements of street art, as well as a platform ArtBees representing the works of students of Applied Arts and other art schools. “We are inspired by the operation of passages in European cities, where passages serve as an art and design exhibitions, forums, such as selling points, as well as a place for meeting with artists and designers and the public. We have equally great artists and committed public here. That is why by opening the Passage of Czech Design, we are giving an opportunity to meet and to confirm that Prague is the city that understands them”, says the Project Director Mrs. Stepanka Zinkaizlova.

Part of the event was also the presentation of the exhibitors, fashion performance of young fashion designers and the press conference devoted to the Czech designers and to strengthen their influence in Czech Republic. Passage of Czech Design thus represents one of the ways in which a visitor can shorten the way through Prague via passage, and can get inspired by the beauty of Czech artistic creation and applied arts.