2,000 works by Josef Koudelka acquired by four museums in Czech Republic

2,000 works by Josef Koudelka acquired by four museums in Czech Republic

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague; the National Gallery Prague; the National Museum in Prague; and the Moravian Gallery in Brno today announce the acquisition of over 2,000 photographs by Josef Koudelka by way of gift from the artist and his namesake non-profit Foundation. This unprecedented gift by a living artist to four major museums in the Czech Republic encompasses works spanning Koudelka’s career, the essential core of which was presented in his 2018 retrospective exhibition entitled Returning at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The donation marks the largest artistic acquisition for the Czech Republic in over 40 years and aligns with the artist’s longstanding mission to keep his work together in public collections and to bring significant artworks back to his homeland. Born in Boskovice, Czechoslovakia in 1938, Koudelka is one of the great representatives of the humanistic and poetic tradition that dominated European photography of the
The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague; the National Gallery Prague; the National Museum in Prague; and the Moravian Gallery in Brno today announce the acquisition of over 2,000 photographs by Josef Koudelka by way of gift from the artist and his namesake non-profit Foundation. This unprecedented gift by a living artist to four major museums in the Czech Republic encompasses works spanning Koudelka’s career, the essential core of which was presented in his 2018 retrospective exhibition entitled Returning at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The donation marks the largest artistic acquisition for the Czech Republic in over 40 years and aligns with the artist’s longstanding mission to keep his work together in public collections and to bring significant artworks back to his homeland. Born in Boskovice, Czechoslovakia in 1938, Koudelka is one of the great representatives of the humanistic and poetic tradition that dominated European photography of the