about the czech and slovak pavilion

Inaugurated on the occasion of the Czechoslovak participation at La Biennale Arte in 1926, the Czech and Slovak Pavilion in Giardini di Castello in Venice is a late work of one of the most progressive modernist architects of the last century, Otakar Novotný (1880 – 1959). Designed in the functionalist style, with an application of the classical architectural language, the building is based upon a construction of simple geometric forms, echoing the tradition of antiquity. Its location in the proximity to the national pavilions of France, Germany and Great Britain indicates a strong geopolitical inclination of Czechoslovakia as a newly founded state.


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