Where to find us
PLATO is a municipal contemporary art gallery in Ostrava. We operate in the city centre in two locations less than 70 m apart. Our main exhibitions can be found in the PLATO building, a reconstructed, heritage-listed municipal slaughterhouse from the late 19th century. We use the other space, PLATO Bauhaus, a former hobby market with nearly 5,000 m2 of space, for educational and community programmes.
To understand the world
We offer space to everyone who wants to understand the present-day world in a broader context. In PLATO, we reflect on the world’s complexity and richness through art, in an international context and at the highest possible level. We trust artists and support them.
Besides exhibitions, you can come and enjoy programmes for families and a wide range of educational activities. We curate our own concert and film series and run the Octopus Press publishing house. We place special emphasis on issues of feminism, ecology, and social justice.
Library or lettuce
You will find cafés in both of our buildings. In PLATO, the former slaughterhouse, we also run a hydroponic farm where you can buy fresh lettuce—we have turned animal “production” into plant production! In PLATO Bauhaus we have a freely accessible library with a reading room, a material library, a bookshop, a garden, and a cinema.
Are you looking for a space?
We create a practical background for all kinds of artistic and non-artistic communities and collaborate with them. We offer the former Bauhaus Hobby Market to organisers of cultural and other events, thus supporting the local scene.
With support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Moravian-Silesian Region
Principal media partner: A2 cultural biweekly
Media partners: ArtMap, Ostravan.cz, kudyznudy.cz
Partners: ICOM Prague 2022, Národní filmový archiv, Ponrepo, Goethe-Institut Prag
PLATO Ostrava is a city-funded organisation of the City of Ostrava.
We are a city gallery bringing our visitors an opportunity to experience intense encounters with contemporary visual arts. Contemporary art is not just something in which one can find pleasure, but rather a particular creative approach to the world. It may result in objects immediately recognisable as works of art, but also in situations or events in time and space, through which artists explore the present and invite viewers to be active and think for themselves.
We are convinced that the gallery should do justice to the nature of contemporary art and meet the needs of artists, curators and other creators. Not the other way around. In fact, a gallery that clings to tried-and-tested and obligatory formats and practices isn’t working properly – not only in relation to art and artists, but above all in relation to the public. Contemporary art sees and shows the world from perspectives that are seemingly not a normal part of our everyday actions. And that’s where its value is to be found.
The contemporary art gallery helps artists realize their visions. At the same time, though, it creates a background for visitors that enables them to recognise and intensely experience ideas about the world and suggestions on how to perceive it, what to do in it and with it, expressed through artistic creation. To understand this, we also offer glimpses into other disciplines that set it in a broader context. In this way, we ourselves keep learning – from the artists, and also from our visitors and collaborators. And education is something that we consider to be an equal and integral part of our activities and identity.
We believe in contemporary art that is continuously continuously developing and whose forms, functions and intentions are constantly changing, just like the world itself. The initial values of modern art – the openness to the new, the criticism of social injustice and a belief in people as free, sensitive and thoughtful beings – continue in contemporary art in a way that corresponds to the 21st century experience and takes on unique forms in various places around the world, including Ostrava.
Our task is to work with contemporary art in order to convey to the people of Ostrava and its immediate surroundings diverse ways of understanding and experiencing the present on the one hand, and on the other the inspiring alternatives for the future, which are being explored by artists from all over the world. With their help, we develop an awareness of an increasingly complex world and different ways of understanding, depicting and considering its risks and challenges. We do it for the benefit of the inhabitants of this unique city – and beyond – as we share responsibility for its condition.
Our new venue, the renovated municipal slaughterhouse, in a way represents a solid, supporting point for our activities, which makes it possible for our programme to preserve a certain conscious degree of volatility and improvisation. We therefore intend to use the next few years to explore, among other things, the various possibilities offered by the new venue and its immediate surroundings.
Director of PLATO
Assistant to the Director
+420 739 679 429
+420 736 699 600
Daniela and Linda Dostálková
Curator and programming
+420 739 675 582
Programme and project manager
+420 739 678 915
Coordination of the program of partners in PLATO Bauhaus
+420 737 856 981
Educational programmes for schools
Gallery educator and coordinator
+420 727 952 712
+420 737 855 798
Communication and PR
+420 727 815 134
+420 737 834 512
Anna Pohořálková (head), Dominika Goralska, Tereza Jámborová, Dagmar Pavlánová, Karolína Stroupková, Lívie Škutová, Pavla Tomašovská
+420 702 206 099
Production and operation
+420 602 201 857
+420 720 955 726
+420 739 273 641
Production (part time)
+420 702 121 101
+420 739 279 185
+420 737 859 781
Technician / Facility manager
+420 739 853 769
+420 724 881 583
+420 605 287 326
PLATO (former slaughterhouse):
In 2022, the renovated heritage site of the municipal slaughterhouse in the centre of Ostrava has become the permanent seat of PLATO. The exhibition space spanning over five halls covers an area of 1,370 m². The author of the reconstruction, architect Robert Konieczny and his studio KWK Promes, offered a solution that makes it possible to rotate six walls and open the building from all sides. The interior also features a hydroponic lettuce farm in the café area, emphasising the importance of ecology and local (plant) production. The interior was designed by architect Yvette Vašourková. The slaughterhouse building served its original purpose from 1881 to 1965; abandoned in the 1970s, it kept dilapidating and was declared a cultural monument in 1987.
Architectural design of the slaughterhouse conversion: Robert Konieczny and KWK Promes Studio
Interior design: Yvetta Vašourková
Investor: City of Ostrava
Total usable area: 2,840 m²
Exhibition area: 1,370 m²
Café: 250 m²
Storage area and depository: 70 m²
Total area of the gallery and the lot: 11,100 m²
Conversion of slaughterhouse to gallery finished in: 2022
Public space surrounding PLATO:
The openness of the institution and the building will also be reflected in the green space of almost 9,000 m², designed for PLATO by permaculture designer Denisa Tomášková, which is being built on the site. The result will be a garden and park founded in autumn 2022. In the years to come, caring for the green spaces and developing them further will become an important theme for PLATO.
Investor: City of Ostrava
Authors: Robert Konieczny and KWK Promes Studio, MS-projekce s.r.o.
Vegetation adjustments: Denisa Tomášková
Cooperation: PLATO and Městský ateliér prostorového plánování a architektury (MAPPA)
Paved areas surrounding the building: 8,976 m²
Park and garden founded in: 2022
PLATO Bauhaus: Since 2018, PLATO has had an area of almost 5,000 m² available for its activities in the former Bauhaus hobby market in the centre of Ostrava. The generous open space of the hall houses a library with a reading room, a café with an adjoining roofed garden and a cinema that serves as a relaxation zone during the day. We have also built a large stage for concerts and theatre shows and a bookstore. These parts of the gallery, including the reception area, facilities for educational programmes and changing rooms, were built by PLATO over a period of one year with artists from all over the world. We offer functional zones and artworks in one place. Interior elements referring to the former function of the building, such as signs and wall paint, have been intentionally left in place.
Exhibition area: 5,400 m²
Total usable area: 6,160 m²
Total area of the gallery and the lot: 7,500 m²
PLATO + PLATO Bauhaus
Total area: 18,600 m²
PLATO, a city-funded organisation of the City of Ostrava, was established in 2016 as a successor to a grant project (2013–2016), which used the gallery of the Gong Hall in Dolní Vítkovice and the premises of Trojhalí Karolina. After a year of activity as Office for the Arts in a small temporary space on Českobratrská Street (2017), we moved to the former hobby market (2018), to which the renovated abattoir building was added in 2022 as the gallery's headquarters.
PLATO (slaughterhouse building):
The premises of the new PLATO will be rented in exceptional cases only.
Whether you are planning a small party or a big event, you have the option to rent the entire PLATO Bauhaus gallery hall, or just the reading room in the library, the cinema room with its own sound system, the stage (theatre space/stage) and the roofed garden. The PLATO Café with kitchen, which can provide tailor-made catering, can also be rented.
Contact details of the data protection officer:
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