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Benefactor Meda Mládek donates art collection to foundation

26 August 2011

Prague, Aug 25 (CTK) - Art patron Meda Mladek will give her large collection of Central European art permanently exhibited in Prague's Museum Kampa to the Czech Jan and Meda Mladek Foundation, she told CTK yesterday.

Meda Mladek (Mladkova), 91, asked Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil to arrange all formal legal requirements.

Pospisil said the value of the collection of Central European art is more than 100 million crowns.

"This is a great gesture from her, a generous step," he said about Mladek. "The art will remain here for Czechs," he added.

Pospisil said a part of the art collection exhibited at the Kampa Museum might otherwise become U.S. property in case of Mladek's death.

Mladek studied in Switzerland from 1946 and she did not return to Czechoslovakia after the communist coup in 1948. She has U.S. citizenship and she returned to her homeland after the 1989 fall of the communist regime.

Pospisil joined the administrative board of Jan and Meda Mladek Foundation.

The Central European collection the Mladeks have gathered includes outstanding art from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the former Yugoslavia from the 1960s and 1970s.

Meda Mladek already donated collections of artists Frantisek Kupka, a Czech-born pioneer of abstract art, and Jiri Kolar, Czech inventor of new collage techniques, to the Prague City in the late 1990s. In exchange, Mladek's foundation got the Sova Mills building in Prague's historical centre for 99 years, in which Museum Kampa is now seated.

Mladek has been planning to extend the museum, including sculptures in the adjacent park and an exhibition in the villa of the late actor and writer Jan Werich, but she has not reached agreement with the local authorities so far.

($1=16.968 crowns)

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