Repair of the tower of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Mělník, Czech Republic

The Church of St Peter and St Paul in the historic centre of the town of Mělník is one of the oldest examples of sacral architecture in the Czech Republic. According to historic research carried out at the beginning of the last century, the oldest Romanesque parts of the church's architecture can be dated back to around the year 1000. The structure of the monument, as can be seen today, is largely Gothic with some Baroque alterations. The subject of building and restoration work carried out under the management of the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was the Late Gothic tower from the second half of the 15th century, which was completely renovated. Historically valuable parts were expertly restored and preserved and at the same time building work was undertaken with the aim of making the tower safe and suitable for public access. Taking into account the regional importance of the monument and the extent of the work, this was a significant project for GEMA ART GROUP a.s. The contract was of two years duration and was completed in 2007.

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Jiří of Poděbrady Army Barracks – Palladium, Prague, Czech Republic

Work on the extensive rebuilding project for the conversion of the former Jiří of Poděbrady barracks into a multipurpose Palladium centre was of more than two years' duration. Because of its architectural and historic authenticity, the mid 19th century building is listed as a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic and the whole conversion process took place under the supervision of the representative of the National Heritage Institute. Specialists were required to participate in the restoration of some parts of the building and GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was responsible for the provision of the expert workforce, instrumental in the preservation of the historic value of the structure. The work included a restoration survey of the original colour scheme of the façade during which 25 probes were inserted. Further explorations concerned bricked-up window openings in the attic of the former barracks. It was found out that the brickwork was a secondary alteration. The experts also took part in the actual restoration of some parts of the building. Apart from the renovation of the entrance gate, the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. also participated in the rescue of the wooden roof, which is regarded as an important technical monument of its kind. The intervention required to restore the roof was itself technologically very complex; as the whole wooden framework had to be dismantled, the stability of the whole structure had to be safeguarded by experts and any disturbance or damage to it avoided. Because of the extent of the work and the complexity of its restoration elements, the project represented a strategically important contract for the GEMA ART GROUP a.s. in the years 2005 to 2007.

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Church of St Anna – restoration of windows, Prague - Old Town, Czech Republic

The renovation of the hexagonal stained glass windows in the Church of St Anne in Prague's Old Town was one of the exceptional GEMA ART GROUP a.s. commissions of the time. The Church of St Anne is located within Prague's historic centre, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The church was chosen as the spiritual and cultural centre of the project Prague Crossroads, which is included in the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97. The church is a venue for concerts, theatrical performances, lectures and other events.
Restoration work led by experts from GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was also supported by the non-profit organization World Monuments Fund based in New York, which has devoted several decades to the restoration of historic monuments all over the world.
The work of nearly a year's duration was consulted with the representatives of the National Heritage Institute, as well as Prague City Hall's Culture, Monument Care and Tourism Department.

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Hospital “Na Františku” – restoration of sculptural decorations, Czech Republic

The aim of the project was the salvaging of the Baroque sculptures found on the attic ledge of the Baroque complex of the Hospital Na Františku in Prague. As well as stone vases and decorations with motifs of pomegranates the ledge also has six statues of saints, four of which are originals form the years 1751 to 1753. As the statues were in a critical state and in danger of collapse, restoration was essential. Two of the restored original statues had to be placed in a lapidarium. The company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. took part in the rescue of these unique greater than life-sized Baroque sculptures, which form the core of the ornamentation of this ancient hospital complex. The restoration work, including surveys, took place from 2005 to 2007.

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Former Jesuit “Professi” House, Malá Strana, Prague - Malá Strana, Czech Republic

The building, which is the home of Charles University's Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Malá Strana Square in Prague, has been listed as a Cultural Monument since 1958. The aim of the project was the renovation and reconstruction of the former Jesuit monastery for high ranking members of the Order. The complex was built between 1676 and 1690. The company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was the main contractor for restoration and craft and artisan related work. Among the most extensive tasks, for which GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was responsible, were the survey, the uncovering, and the reconstruction and restoration of Rococo wall paintings dating back to 1711.

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Manufacture of a copy of the statue of Venus and Cupid in the castle park, Lysá nad Labem, Czech Republic

The statues in the castle park in the town of Lysá nad Labem and the famous group of statues "Allegories of the Virtues and Vices" at the Kuks Hospice are supreme Bohemian examples of Baroque sculpture and are the work of the renowned artist Matthias Bernard Braun. The former were created when M. B. Braun resided at the local estate of Count Franz Anton von Sporck. Other, older statues, dating to 1696 are also situated in the castle park.
Specialist staff of GEMA ART GROUP a.s. were involved in the salvaging of the original statue of Venus and Cupid from the end of the 17th century, which was relocated and replaced in situ by a high quality copy. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was only one of the participants in this task but nevertheless valued the commission very highly as the whole park area and its sculptures are of significant cultural and historic value and the manufacture of the copy required considerable expertise.

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Education Centre Na Karmeli in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

The Education Centre Na Karmeli is part of the popular local social and culture venue in Mladá Boleslav. Premises of the former Baroque church and convent of St Bonaventure have been complemented by a modern building, erected on the site of a defunct fire station. The company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was responsible for restoration and artisan craft work in both the exterior and interior of the Baroque monument. As the whole complex is extensive and was left in a serious state of disrepair, the commission was for the company both important and challenging.

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