Welcome from Iconic Houses   

The conference + tour program is sold out!

If you are interested in engaging lectures from the world of modern architecture, join us 22 & 23 May between 8:30-12pm at the NTK in Prague. Tickets for the lectures can be purchased no in the Iconic Houses webshop: www.iconichouses.org/shop/lectures

The Iconic Houses Foundation is proud to present its 7th International Conference from 22-26 May 2023 under the auspices of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Czech Republic, in partnership with Villa Müller in Prague, Villa Tugendhat in Brno and Pilsen Turismus. We celebrate our 10th anniversary with this in person event. Since November 2012, modern house museums and artists' homes & studios have been connected in the Iconic Houses Network. This world-leading platform for professional discussion about the conservation and management of modern house museums aims not only to share best practices, but also to encourage each other to develop new activities. From 22-26 May 2023, we hope to welcome you -again- in real life in Prague, Pilsen and Brno and possibly on a (members only) Post-Conference field trip to Vienna and Ljubljana from 27-30 May.

Follow this link for photos of all house museums in the tour program! 

Icons of Czech Avantgarde: Authenticity & Style Diversity
In the Czech Republic, the Iconic Houses Network has no fewer than twelve wonderful modern member house museums. There is Adolf Loos' Villa Müller in Prague and five interiors in Pilsen, also  designed by Loos, who was an important European pioneer of modern architecture. And Villa Tugendhat in Brno, the masterpiece designed by celebrated German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is inscribed by Unesco on the World Heritage List since 2001. Immerse yourself with two keynotes and 16 short presentations and a dense program of house tours to residential masterpieces and hidden gems that are ready to welcome you.

Taken together, these talks and house tours offer a wonderful insight into the 20th-century development of the Czech house and the evolution from traditional vernacular architecture to the modernism of the International Style.

In addition, you’ll also visit the houses and studios of important Czech artists, such as František Bílek and Otto Rothmayer. We even visit Villa Winternitz, which was realized according to the concept of Adolf Loos by his student and collaborator Karel Lhota and that can be rented for overnight stays. Come join us and discover the Iconic Houses of the Czech Republic!

We look forward to meeting you -again- in person in May 2023!


Maria Szadkowska                                        

Conference Co-Chair and Curator Villa Müller, Prague City Museum       

Iveta Černá

Conference Co-Chair and Head of Villa Tugendhat, Brno City Museum


Natascha Drabbe  

Conference Co-Chair, Executive Director and Founder Iconic Houses Network


Foundation Board                 International Advisory Board

Nanne de Ru, Chair                  Iveta Černá, Head of Villa Tugendhat

Marcel van Soest, Secretary      Katya DeGrieck, owner of Maison Lenglet

Huub Wüst, Treasurer               Justin W. Gunther, Director of Fallingwater

Hetty Berens, Member              Anne Rowe, Director of Heritage at Sunnylands Center & Gardens



We thank all of our partners for supporting this initiative.

We thank the Mayor of Prague for allowing us to hold our reception at his residence.

The Ambassador of the Netherlands in the Czech Republic for providing his patronage to the conference.

The Ambassador of the Netherlands in Slovenia for hosting the closing reception at the National Gallery of Slovenia.

A big thank you to the representatives of the Czech Partner House Museums.

In Prague: Prague City Museum: Maria Szadkowska, Michaela Mlíčková Jelínková, Magdalena Juříková and Petr Krajči. David Cysař, Roman Hájek, Magdalena Juříková, Zuzana Kadlečková, Vladimír Lekeš, and Eduard Stehlík.

In Brno: Iveta Černá, Ludmila Haasova, Kateřina Konečná, Rostislav Koryčánek and Stanislav Berousek.

In Pilsen: Martin Brummel, Magdalena Černá, Gabriela Darebná and Karel Zoch.

In Vienna: Wolfgang Salchert

In Ljubljana: 

At the Plečnik House: Maja Kovac, Ana Modic and Ana Porok.

We also thank the DutchCulture Fund, Žale Cemetery and CzechTourism Benelux for their support.


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