The Jiří and Běla Kolář Collection

This is a Collection that was built over several decades. Its contents correspond with Jiří Kolář's interest in artistic idioms conveying unorthodox views of contemporary world. At the same time, the collection echoes his respect for the heritage passed on by tradition.

It projects his openness towards the widest variety of expressions, and his capacity to seek and find ever-new contextual links between them. The collection is divided into several sections.

The first of these comprises Czech modern classic works by the likes of Josef Václav Myslbek, Luděk Marold, Josef Mařatka and Alfons Mucha. A different section is devoted to the output of major representatives of avant-garde movements active in the first half of the 20th century, including a series of remarkable abstract paintings by František Kupka, pioneering collages by Vojtěch Preissig, a series of prints by Josef Čapek, and works in different media by František Tichý, Václav Tikal, Václav Špála and Alois Wachsmann.

An interesting section is formed by works from the production of Skupina 42 (Group 42), of which Jiří Kolář himself used to be a member. It contains paintings, drawings and prints by Jan Kotík, František Gross, František Hudeček, Kamil Lhoták, Bohumír Matal and Jan Smetana, as well as photographs by Miroslav Hák. Another section is devoted to artists noted for having enriched their work by various experimental approaches. Most of them made their debut appearances in the art world during the late 1950s and early '60s. Among the protagonists of that generation were Ladislav Novák, Vladimír Boudník (it should be noted here, however, that Jiří Kolář presented his collection of Boudníks as a gift to the City of Prague Gallery), Vladimír Burda, Milan Dobeš, Čestmír Janošek, Milan Grygar, Josef Hampl, Jiří Hilmar, Jan Koblasa, Antonín Málek, Jiří Valenta, Karel Malich, Vladislav Mirvald, Pavla Mautnerová, Robert Piesen, Stanislav Podhrázský or Mikuláš Medek.

Members of the subsequent generation of artists represented in Jiří Kolář's Collection include Olaf Hanel, Robert Wittmann, Miloslav Moucha, and others. Beyond that, the collection also contains works by several conceptual artists, and documentation related to some of their actions: the output of Milan Knížak, Jan Mlčoch, and Karel Miler.

An important section is centered on works by international artists, including among others Auguste Rodin, Francois Morellet, George Macunias and Hans Hartung. Jiří and Běla Kolář donated their collection to the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation - Museum Kampa, under the provision that for the time being only part of the collection, including a significant number of major works, would be relocated to this institution's premises.

Further collections in the care of Museum Kampa

The Jan and Meda Mládek Collection

František Kupka, Otto Gutfreund, Jiří Kolář and an extensive collection of Central European Modern art ceate form the bases of this entire collection. This selection of works was put together by Mr. and Mrs. Mládek. Mrs. Meda Mládek studied art history ...

The Collection for  Jindřich Chalupecký

This collection was initiated in late 1989, whereupon it was put on display at the National Gallery in Prague, under the title Homage to Jindřich Chalupecký. The show's exhibits were originally intended for sale, the proceeds from which were to be used for the ...

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