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Slovácké museum gallery

The building of a former armoury is a dominant of today’s Otakarova Street and surroundings. Baroque architecture very interestingly fills the space through which the town’s fortification led in the past and which was later surrounded by modern housing development. For its looks and location it seems an attractive place to exhibit arts.

The art collection of Slovácké Museum is located in the building of the former armoury which in the late 1950s and early 1960s, during a major reconstruction, was rebuilt into a gallery. This valuable Baroque object was finished in 1723 according to design by Leandro Anquisola and Jakob Albl. A relatively extensive building is designed as a two-wing object with an adjoining four-square courtyard in the rear tract. On the front facade, the dominant feature is a portal decorated with military attributes. In the opposite look, the left wing is appended with a semi-circular tower on whose perimeter there is an original spiral wooden staircase leading through both floors all the way to the loft space. Another priceless thing is a cartouch from the workshop of Baldassar Fontana. An illustration of a highly skilled craft is the joist ceiling on the first floor of the right wing and especially remarkable is the loft (today’s exhibition hall) where St. Andrew‘ s Cross-shaped Baroque truss is preserved. The building stopped serving its original purpose – armoury – at the beginning of the 1780s. Having had lots of different utilities, the building eventually became property of Slovácké Museum in the second half of the 20th century and a new gallery was built here (made accessible for public on 21 October 1962). During the second reconstruction (1990-1992) the interior of the object was equipped with modern technology to satisfy the needs of the contemporary gallery. The third reconstruction (1997–1998) was a necessity as the gallery had been heavily flooded, and became a symbol of extraordinary effort to salvage the whole object (Slovácké Museum Gallery was the worst damaged listed building in Moravia).

Annual exhibition schedules are made with regard to quality, individual art disciplines, time and progress. The varied programs feature creation of both Bohemian and Moravian artists and works by foreign authors. Space capacities, equipment and respectable looks of SM Gallery make it possible to attract famous artists. Apart from exhibitions, the gallery holds regular culture programs (concerts, fashion shows, theatre performances etc.). The spectrum of activities besides methodical aid (for private owners and institutions, special consultations with students etc.) covers programs for different age groups of young people (lectures, presentations to exhibitions, creative activities). Part of the large project of SM focused on cultural education of young people is SM Gallery’s special program for pre-school children which helps understand basic terms of fine arts in a very appropriate manner.

While picking up the thread of its long tradition and history, SM Gallery still looks for new possibilities for expanding its activities. More detailed information about study of arts taught by SM can be found in the book published in 1999.


Slovácké muzeum v Uherském Hradišti,
příspěvková organizace
Smetanovy sady 179
Uherské Hradiště 686 01
Telefon: 572 556 556, 572 551 370
E-mail: info@slovackemuzeum.cz
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