Egon Schiele Art Centrum Český Krumlov
The Egon Schiele Art Centrum owes its foundation in 1992/93 to the private initiative of three individuals who recognized the unique atmosphere after the fall of the Iron Curtain between the Eastern and Western Europe and have significantly contributed to the idea of creation of an international art center in one of Europe's loveliest Renaissance towns. The Egon Schiele Art Centrum houses an exhibition documenting the life and work of Egon Schiele as well as a permanent exhibition of his works. In addition, various rotating exhibits of both classical 20th century and contemporary art take place in the Centrum covering an area of 3000 sq.m. Another part of the museum has been developed into large art studios for long-term residing young artists coming from both Eastern and Western Europe. Art studios are leased on a 10-year basis to Ministries of Culture or various national art institutions. A writers' suite is also available. The Museum also houses a well-stocked Museum shop and a traditional café serving assorted Czech specialties and catering to both artists and art lovers alike. Since its opening in 1993, the Egon Schiele Art Centrum has become an internationally recognized and frequently visited institution. This is an entirely private initiative, its success stemming from a few individuals' immense dedication and funding from various sponsors, foreign grants and friends.