The Academy of Performing Arts was founded by the Presidential Decree of October 27, 1945. Several prominent artists and writers initiated the establishment of the school during World War II. It is the Czech Republic’s largest arts school. The instruction is provided by top artistic professionals active in the most prestigious theatres, in film and television, musical virtuosos and other prominent members of the Czech cultural and intellectual scene.
The AMU Gallery is located on the Malostranské Square in the small Baroque Hartig Palace, which is also the seat of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. The AMU Gallery supports emerging young artists and future curators. Its mission is to create a platform for the representation of contemporary art with an emphasis on photography, new media and video or or art installation.