New Stage of the National Theatre
The building of the New Stage of the National Theatre welcomed its first audience on the 100th anniversary of the reopening of the historic theatre building. It was constructed in response to the pan-European trend of alternative forms of theatre performances and also served as the new home of the world’s first multimedia theatre, Laterna Magika. Numerous architects were involved in the complex project, starting with Bohuslav Fuchs and ending with Karel Prager. Prager joined the project when the building was already under construction, but his intervention left a mark in history. In collaboration with the renowned duo Libenský and Brychtová, he adorned the stage with a glass envelope composed of 4,306 blown hollow screens, each weighing around 40 kilograms. Thus, Prager succeeded in creating the largest glass architectural sculpture ever realized.