The Philosophical Hall, Strahov Monastery, Prague - Strahov, Czech Republic

The Library of the Strahov Monastery, which comprises the Theological and the Philosophical Halls, represents one of the most important book collections in the Czech Republic. The painting on the vaults and the furnishings of the Philosophical Hall are unique examples of the art of the second half of the 18th century. The company GEMA ART GROUP a. s. was responsible for all specialist work involved in the restoration of this monument. The project was of more than one year duration and was financially supported by Prague City Council, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and a grant from the EEA and the Norway Financial Mechanism Fund. All work, carried out by experts in possession of the relevant Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic licence, complied with all required technical parameters. All interventions were consulted beforehand with representatives of the National Heritage Institute and the investor. The official opening to the public took place on 8th December 2010 and was attended by the president Václav Klaus and the Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka.
The occasion also coincided with the publication of "Brána vědění, Filosofický sál Strahovské knihovny" ("Gateway to Knowledge – The Philosophical Hall of the Strahov Library). The book was published by GEMA ART GROUP a. s. in cooperation with The Royal Canonry of the Premonstratensian Order at Strahov. The publication costs 550 CZK and can be purchased at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Basilica Minor the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Svatý Kopeček near Olomouc , Czech Republic

The aim of the project was the preservation of the interior of one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the Czech Republic – the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary in Svatý Kopeček (Holy Hill) near Olomouc. All restoration work was carried out under the management of the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. The restoration was of almost three years duration and the objective was the restoration of the monument to its original Baroque form, with emphasis on the use of the least invasive procedures. The project was partly financed by a grant from the EEA and Norway Financial Mechanism.

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Villa Bílek, Prague - Hradčany, Czech Republic

Villa Bílek is one of the most original examples of Symbolism in Art Nouveau architecture in the Czech Republic. It has been listed as a Cultural Heritage building since May 1958. The villa was designed personally by the sculptor and graphic artist František Bílek in 1910. Since January 1963 the building has been under the administration of the City Gallery Prague, which decided to develop the site as the František Bílek Centre and open the artist's studio to the public. Reconstruction of the villa took place under the management of GEMA ART GROUP a.s. Apart from the renovation work the company was also responsible for the complete refurbishment of the site and its utilities. The villa was completely rewired, given new insulation and damp and water proofing, a new gas and heating system and new air conditioning. An important part of the project was the replacement of the flooring, repairs to the retaining walls and fencing and connections between the buildings on the site. Restoration tasks concerned mainly the façade and the stone bas-reliefs and wrought iron work of both the exterior and the interior. No less important was the landscaping of the areas around the villa, for which the GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was also responsible. Reconstruction of the Villa Bílek took over two years and the whole Centre was officially open to the public on 24th September 2010. Visitors will find here examples of the artist's work, such as open-air sculptures, bas-reliefs, drawings and graphic works, as well as furniture and ceramics designed by František Bílek. The Bílek documentation centre, which contains archive material transferred here from the Prague National Archive and is open to researchers, is also housed here, as is a special temporary exhibition, which will be changed on an annual basis by the Prague City Gallery.
The contract was of high interest to GEMA ART GROUP a.s. as the work involved reconstruction of all technical equipment of the building as well as the employment of a nearly complete range of restoration, craft and artisan skills.

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Gočár Houses in the Zoological Garden of the Capital City of Prague, Prague - Trója, Czech Republic

Josef Gočár was one of the most significant Czech architects of the 20th century, renowned for his Cubist, Functionalist, and Czech Decorativism designs. The two wooden houses located in the Prague Zoological Garden are unique examples of the National style from the early 1920s. The houses were in a dilapidated state and in urgent need of restoration. The disastrous heavy flooding of the Vltava River in August 2002 contributed to their dereliction. The complex task of dismantling, moving and re-assembling the houses was carried out under the management of the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. between 12th April and 31st December 2010.

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Invalidovna (The Invalids), Prague - Karlín, Czech Republic

The building of "Invalidovna" in the Prague district of Karlín is an important monument of Baroque architecture, built according to the plans by one of the foremost architects of the Baroque, Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer. The building had not been repaired for many years and was further damaged during the devastating floods of August 2002, when the water level within the building reached the height of one metre. Only essential maintenance was carried out after the floods and the monument was left to deteriorate for another 7 years. The decision to undertake a complete reconstruction of the building was made in 2009.
The company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. played a vital role in the rescue of this Baroque building. Part of the company's remit was to carry out a restoration survey of the façade, followed up by its restoration. Other specialist artisan and craft tasks were also undertaken. During the second stage of the project the seriously damaged copies of sculptures depicting military trophies from the second half of the 19th century were also repaired. All work was finished in December 2010.

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Sala Terrena, Na Popelce, Prague - Smíchov, Czech Republic

GEMA ART GROUP a.s. took a significant part in the rescue of the cultural monument Sala Terrena from the mid 18th century, located at Na Popelce in Prague and found to be in a near derelict state. The aim of the reconstruction was to bring this small suburban Baroque building back to its original appearance.

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Rudolfinum – restoration of the roof balustrade, Prague - Old Town, Czech Republic

This Neo-renaissance building, which dates back to the end of the 19th century, has always been one of the most important cultural centres in Prague and is a popular venue for a multitude of concerts and exhibitions. During the era of the First Republic between the two world wars the Czech parliament resided here; later on, at the time of the Nazi occupation, the Deputy Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich (1941 – 1942) located his occasional office in the building. After the end of World War II the Rudolfinum became the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The best known cultural event which regularly takes place in the Rudolfinum is Prague Spring, the annual festival of classical music, inaugurated in May 1946.
The company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. participated in the renovation of the extensive roof balustrade, which measures around 300 metres in circumference and consists of 930 balusters. The restoration work was divided into four stages and was carried out in the summer months in the years from 2007 to 2010. Despite the fact that the previous renovations took place only 14 years ago, a large proportion of the balustrade exhibited signs of damage such as cracks and corrosion of the stone. The main cause of the degradation of the stone was an intensive dilation of the building brought about by the unsuitable substratum and a high volume of traffic in the immediate vicinity of the building. To ensure the continuing survival of the of the stone balustrade, restoration work was crucial. Apart from the actual renovation of this part of the historic building, the restorers under the management of GEMA ART GROUP a.s. also carried out the colour harmonization of the roof balustrade with the rest of the structure, which, although intended, had never been undertaken during the previous restoration. All work was completed by 30th November 2010.

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Villa Becher, Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic

Villa Becher in Carlsbad represents a typical example of an affluent family home from the era before World War II. Despite the fact that it had been for many years used to house the youth organization "Young Pioneers" and as a consequence had undergone a series of unprofessional alterations, the villa to this day contains many preserved examples of art and craftsmanship from 1914, when it was built. The author of the 1912 project was the well-known local architect Karl Heller. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was mainly responsible for the work on the interior of the villa, where most of the original features are to be found. The restoration of these features was the main aim of the project, which was carried out by an expert workforce after consultations with representatives of the Heritage Institute, who also supervised all aspects of the work.
Some work was also carried out on the exterior of the villa: this concerned the lower, Cyclopean masonry part of the façade and the exterior staircase and railings. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. was also responsible for the installation of a ramp for handicap access to the gallery, which will open within the premises of the Villa Becher.

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Church of St Bartholomew, Kolín, Czech Republic

The aim of the project was the restoration of an important Gothic monument of the Czech Republic – the Church of St Bartholomew in Kolín, listed since 1995 as a National Cultural Monument. For the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. the project was one of the key contracts of this period. The work involved restoration of the exterior (the façade, the buttressing, the stone ornamentation), the stained glass windows, doors, paving and parts of the interior. An important part of the project was the complete restoration of the set of three Baroque altars. The restoration concerned the architecture of the altars, their sculptural ornamentation and their paintings. The extensive restoration work took place in several stages over five years and was completed in March 2010.

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Italian Court – Restoration of the interior of the Audience Chamber, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

The main aim of the project was the restoration of the wall paintings in the Royal Audience Chamber of the Italian Court in Kutná Hora. The Royal Audience Chamber was one of the official reception areas of the Kutná Hora mint. The construction of the chamber, which was in the past used for important state and political occasions and meetings, dates back to the beginning of the 15th century. The proclamation of the Decree of Kutná Hora in January 1409 and the election of Vladislav Jagello as the King of Bohemia in May 1471 are just two of the pivotal events in Czech history associated with the Royal Audience Chamber. Both of these occasions are commemorated in paintings by Karel Ladislav Klusáček from 1900 located in the Chamber.
The restoration of the Royal Audience Chamber under the management of the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. commenced in January 2009 with restoration of the flap ceiling; in the next stage the preservation of the above mentioned wall paintings was undertaken. The rear portal of the Royal Audience Chamber was also the subject of expert intervention and the restoration work here was completed in February 2010. Examination by restoration experts of the painted wall décor in the stairway of the south wing of the Italian Court was also within the remit of the contract.

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