Ferdinand Baumann was a capitalist, builder and a property owner. For the construction of his apartment and commercial building between the streets of Štěpánská and Ve smečkách he selected a truly exclusive architect who created a sophisticated and luxurious monument in shape of functionalist architecture to Baumann’s investment. His name was Eugen Rosenberg. Today’s quiet passage between the two streets, which most pedestrians only quickly pass through taking a shortcut no longer gives such exclusive impression. However, for an observant visitor it may offer some interesting encounters. Original gallery project strives to bring a new quality into an environment where exclusivity and banality meet.
Viktor Čech

Ferdinand Baumann Gallery was established in 2010 as yet another attempt at adopting shop windows for exhibition purposes. In the course of it’s four-year history it has expanded into another unusually elongated shop window and later also added a glass cube to become a fully-fledged exhibition space.
Dramaturgically GFB is focused on young artists, but not exclusively. Established authors such as Jiří Surůvka, Václav Stratil, Vladimír Havlík, Petr Písařík or Vladimir Skrepl have all made their appearance. Among the younger generation it combines well established names such as Lenka Vítková, Radek Brousil or Václav Girsa with the lesser known ones that are only now becoming visible, for example Greame McKinnon, Tomáš Roubal, Romana Drdová and many others. The gallery opens its exhibition space also to artists from abroad, especially from the German speaking countries, for example Carola Ernst, Stephan Kaminski or Ludwig Kittinger and collaborates with Berlin platform Month of Performance Art Berlin, namely at the last Performance festival, which is annually organised by the gallery.
Another important segment of the gallery activities is it’s publication program. Publications released so far in the editorial series feature Jan Vytiska’s Wallachian Stallion, Václav Stratil’s Mini, Tomáš Roubal’s Black Book, exhibition catalogues 16–20 000 Hz and In the beginning there was silence. Rajón, newspaper on contemporary art and culture is also published under the gallery auspices.

For whatever reason, Ferdinand Baumann Gallery might as well be the most visited gallery in Prague, even though most of the audience only pass through.

Here you can express yourself. (*required)