Michal Novotný (curator)

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Michal Novotný (born 1985) is a Czech art curator, critic and writer. He is the Director of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art at National Gallery Prague.[1]


Novotný studied art history, philosophy, and anthropology at Charles University in Prague.[1]

Novotný's researches focus on the question of central-eastern Europe identity and how the notion of quality art is constructed in regard of the material conditions. These researches transcribed themselves into the serie of Orient exhibitions as much as his dramaturgy at Futura Center of Contemporary art.

Novotný served as director of the Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA in Prague from 2011 to 2018.[1][2] In 2016, the website Artsy listed him as among the 20 most influential young curators in Europe.[3][4] From 2016 to 2018, he was also an external curator at the Plato City Gallery in Ostrava.[1]

In 2018, Novotný became director of Modern and Contemporary Art collection at the National Gallery Prague. His nomination by Jiří Fajt was a surprise and was controversial because of his lack of a doctorate.[2] In 2020, he curated a retrospective for sculptor Kurt Gebauer [cz] at the National Gallery.[5]

Novotný’s independent exhibitions include the group exhibition series Orient, consisting of the exhibitions Orient (2018), Orient2 (2019), and Orient V (2019), which explore Eastern/Central European identities.[6][7][8][9]

Michal Novotný teaches painting at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Umprum.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mgr. Michal Novotný | Národní galerie Praha". www.ngprague.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  2. ^ a b Bartlová, Aežka (December 18, 2018). "Fight for better NGP". Artalk.cz.
  3. ^ Bier, Arielle (March 30, 2016). "The 20 Most Influential Young Curators in Europe". Artsy. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  4. ^ "Časopis Artsy zařadil kurátora pražské Futury Novotného mezi dvacítku nejvlivnějších v Evropě" [Artsy magazine ranked the curator of Prague Futura Novotný among the twenty most influential in Europe]. Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). April 1, 2016. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  5. ^ Čechlovská, Magdalena (March 7, 2020). "Trpaslíci, plavkyně a vycpaná Libuše. Národní galerie vystavuje Gebauera". Aktuálně.cz [cz] (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  6. ^ Märc, Vojtěch (November 2018). "Orientace: Hledání východu". Art Antiques (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  7. ^ Ptáček, Jiří (July 23, 2018). "Východ, orient a my" (in Czech). ČT art. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  8. ^ "Orient 2 at Kunsthalle Bratislava". EASTTOPICS. October 4, 2019. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  9. ^ Kořínek, David (November 2019). "My z Východu". Art Antiques (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-08-17.