Galerie moderního umění
v Hradci Králové

Gallery history

Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové was founded in 1953 under the name Regional Gallery of what was then Královéhradecký Region. In its early years, the gallery was housed in Rychnov nad Kněžnou Castle. In the spring 1963, the gallery returned to Hradec Králové. Then, it was housed in two wings of former Bishop’s Residence in Great Square. It was renamed as Area Gallery and later as Regional Gallery again (1963-1990). In January 1990, the gallery moved permanently to its current location under its current name-Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové. The present building, where the gallery is housed, is a former seat of a banking and financial institution called Credit Union Bank. Gallery of Modern Art was a replacement for the Museum of Revolutionary Traditions of the East Bohemia Region, that opened in 1988 and shut down in 1990.

The collections represent a development of modern Czech art from late 19th to early 20th century until today. As of 2008, Gallery of Modern Art (commonly abbreviated as GMU) houses a collection of modern art as well as a collection of other works, including former Vladimír Preclík Gallery and Stations of the Cross of the 21st Century. Stations of the Cross is a series of sculptures called Story of Misery and Hope of Men, installed outdoors between villages Stanovice and Žireč near Kuks. 2019 saw foundation of two entirely new collections: Moving Image Collection and Central and Eastern Europe Collection.


1953–1956: Božena Hliněnská-Kuhnová (1906–1992)

1956–1963: Jan Baleka (1929–2023)

1963–1997: Josef Sůva (1934–2023)

1997–2018: Tomáš Rybička (*1953)

2019-now: František Zachoval (*1979)

History of the building

Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové is located in the historical centre of the town. The present building is a late art-nouveau construction, designed by Osvald Polívka (1859-1931). The construction began in 1911 and was completed in 1912. The prominent entrance is decorated with two bronze sculptures by Ladislav Šaloun from 1908. The male sculpture represents an allegory of Trade and Accounting, whereas the female sculpture depicts Fertility and Crops. The top floor of the south-west tower of the building boasts two architectural sculptures created by František Fabiánek. Two of them depict atlantes with dogs at their feet, representing Vigilance. The third one depicts an atlas with a beehive, representing Thriftiness.

As a result of a major financial crisis in 1920, the Credit Union Bank underwent transformation and emerged as Commercial Bank. Its building was acquired by Czech Industrial Bank. Top floor of the building housed Public Records Office of Hradec Králové District from 1937 to 1986. In 1943, Czech Industrial Bank merged with Živnostenská banka. Živnostenská banka had its branch in the building until 1958, when the building was made the seat of Association of Cotton Industry in Prague, which was later transformed into Organization for Supply and Purchasing in Agriculture. In 1987, the building was revamped to become Museum of Revolutionary Traditions, that opened in 1988. It shut down a few years later. In 1990, the building began to house Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové, becoming its permanent location.

In 2014-2016, rebuilding programme financed by Hradec Králové Region was completed. It involved renovation and reconstruction of the building and its exteriors and interiors. The project sought to renovate the original decorations in the entrance hall and preserve the historical features of the building in its ground floor, which is where the ticket office, information kiosk, cloakroom, gallery café, gallery shop and chill out zone are located. Another aim was to restore the original details on the first floor that houses the lecture hall, library and study, multi-purpose clubroom and studio where gallery events accompanying exhibitions are held.

Fine interiors of the first-floor house the collections of Vladimír Preclík Gallery. Some of the rooms on upper floors that were not suitable for exhibition purposes were demolished to make way for open galleries around the central light shaft. The fourth floor is divided into separate exhibition halls called White Cube, Black Cube and Space. Original steel structure supporting the glass roof was also renovated.

The reconstruction of the GMU building won the Building of the Year 2017 Award in a national competition held by the Foundation for the Development of Architecture and Construction. In the XVth year of the Gloria Musaealis National Museum Competition, the project received a special award in the category of Museum Achievement of the Year.

GMU Shop

The gallery shop is located in the foyer. Opening times are the same as gallery hours. The shop offers books about art, our exhibition catalogues, books published by the gallery in the GMU Edition or souvenirs inspired by our collections. Some items are available online in our e-shop.


You will enjoy a magnificent view of Hradec Králové from our terrace. Come and see for yourself if you visit our exhibitions. The terrace is situated on the 4th floor. It is open, weather-permitting, at the same time as the gallery. Entrance to the terrace is included in the ticket price.


The library specializes in theory of art, history of Czech art and history of fine arts in the world. The library was most likely created in 1953 when the Gallery of Modern Art was founded. Its holdings include more than 11,500 books and other publications. The collection can be divided into three sections. The first one consists of encyclopaedias and monographs on subjects like theory of art and history of art. The second one consists of periodicals on fine arts and architecture. The third and most extensive part of the collection includes exhibition catalogues. Despite their small size, they often reveal valuable information for experts and students.


Gallery Library is open to the general public as a non-circulating library containing books, periodicals and catalogues. Readers and researchers may connect to the internet using two PCs in the library. The library also provides research, photocopying (black and white A4 copies) and interlibrary loan services.

You are welcome to search our ON-LINE CATALOGUE for a publication you are interested in. Then, email your request to

Readers and researchers are recommended to book their visit by phone or email.

tel.: 495 512 538

Study room

Study room remains closed until further notice.

The gallery offers a study room open to the public. Loaning and studying publications, periodicals and exhibition catalogues is free of charge. Readers and researchers can also use the internet on two computers free of charge.

The GMU Study Room is open to the public as a coworking, i.e. shared workspace. It is a quiet place where visitors can work, read, study, or meet to discuss a group project or browse a book, journal or an exhibition catalogue borrowed from our library. Visitors can use the internet for free on two computers or connect to wi-fi from their own laptops.

Venue hire

Upon prior agreement, the gallery premises (the foyer on the ground floor and the terrace on the 4th floor of the gallery) can be hired for meetings, lectures, corporate parties or wedding ceremonies. Hire is only possible outside gallery opening hours. If you are interested in a quotation, please send an inquiry with a brief description of the event (location, date and time of hire, purpose, number of participants, specific requirements) to

Ing. Petr Hebelka
tel.: 607 120 920


Founder of Gallery of Modern Art

Hradec Králové City Council

Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic

Slovak Arts Council