Editor’s note: This story is part of our InterConEuro2014 series, highlighting InterContinental Hotels meeting and incentive programs in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Davos.
Czech crystal, also known as Bohemian glass, is revered around the world for its quality and clarity. During a fam trip to Prague this month, we explored a couple of group friendly-venues where we saw examples of amazing Czech crystal art.
The Dancing House is one of Europe’s most famous modern buildings, designed by celeb architect Frank Gehry, with a concrete tower and connected curving glass structure wrapping around it. Compared to the intertwined figures of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Dancing House houses a museum gallery on the three bottom floors and a rooftop restaurant and open-air deck.
When we visited, the Stanislav Libensky Award exhibition showcased avant garde crystal sculpture created by art students from 21 countries around the world. Designed to inspire and provoke, the artwork blended spectacularly with Gehry’s design overlooking the Vltava River that bisects the two sides of Prague through the historic city center.
The upstairs Ginger&Fred restaurant has a private dining room that can comfortably seat 20, or planners cant rent the gallery space for private viewing. If you’re in Prague, this is highly recommended for Prague meetings emphasizing innovation and creativity.
The Manto Gallery
Located in Prague’s Old Town Square within walking distance to InterContinental Prague, the Manto Gallery is the workplace, exhibition space and crystal art shop run by famed Czech sculptor Antonin (Tony) Manto-Mrnka. The artist has produced custom crystal pieces for Hillary Clinton and the Czech glass installation at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.
We gathered here one night as a group to paint glass plates under the direction of Manto, who also explained his creative process behind some of his more dramatic pieces displayed in his shop. Both the experience and the environment do a great job to inspire networking because you’re surrounded by so many art pieces to discuss, and it’s aligned with an understanding and appreciation of local culture.
This teambuilding experience is suitable for groups of about 20, and Manto’s staff can serve wine and canapés catered by InterContinental. During our final night dinner at the hotel, IMS DMC handed out the gift-wrapped plates to each participant.