Archive of Fine Arts

The Archive of Fine Arts is the largest specialized collection of documents in the Czech Republic focused on Czech and Slovak art. Its aim is to collect and make accessible materials about artists and art-related events. The Archive also organizes thematic exhibitions and exhibitions of books within the project Polička/Shelf. The curator of the project is Lucie Rohanová.


Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Archive:


Kateřina Černá – He Fished a Pickle out of the Jar (2 May 2016 - 6 June 2016) 


Libor Svoboda: Better City (26 May 2016 - 31. July 2016)



The Archive of Fine Arts preserves, compiles and makes available documents and information about contemporary –  in particular Czech and Slovak art – in a unique database system abART. abART is a database based on the atomisation of data (breaking information down to its smallest possible constituent parts) and its universal interconnection. All the elements entered under different categories (person, group, institution/place, event, document, concept) can be regarded from various angles in abART but it does not take information in mechanically.

It always refers to the source, which for now is in most cases its own archive. The Archive should become the guarantor of and designer of new authorial records (database of national authorities at the National Library of the Czech Republic) in the fine arts field.

The Archive receives long-term support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.