Like so many other famous artists, Mr. Schiele (1890 - 1918) was only appreciated after his death – at least in this town. The story goes that this Viennese artist (much more talented than contemporary Schickelgruber) set up shop in this little town (where his mother was born) in 1911 and shocked its inhabitants with his Bohemian lifestyle and ability to convince local maidens (and men) to pose in the nude. After being boycotted – nobody greeted him and children were forbidden to visit him – he soon left town although he did return to Český Krumlov almost every year until his premature death and now his works are proudly displayed in this cultural centre that bears his name. Exhibitions this year include, for the first time in the Czech Republic, an exhibition of work from Keith Haring loaned by the Keith Haring Foundation in New York. Also, abstract paintings from contemporary artist Petr Kvíčala (b. 1960), an installation on the facade of the gallery entitled Krumlov's Madonna by Veronika Bromová (b. 1966, Praha) and a group exhibition entitled Young Artists from New York featuring Midori Harima, Cassandra C. Jones, Vadis Turner, Annysa Ng and Peter Maslow. There is also a lovely café on site. The building, on the town's widest street, was home to the town brewery from 1608 (Latrán was a separate town with its own brewery) until WWII. Renovations were made in 1993.