Kampa Museum to Reopen After Fire

Prague Morning

The Kampa Museum, damaged by a fire on July 15, will reopen to the public today (July 31).

Visitors can enjoy an exhibition of works by Alfons Mucha and Pasta Oner, as well as a permanent exhibition by František Kupka, a pioneer of modern abstract painting.

The Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek promised financial assistance. After visiting the museum at the beginning of last week, he stated that the Czech government will provide units of millions of crowns.

It is necessary to re-install all air-conditioning systems and technical equipment in the museum’s facilities.

“We have a long way to go before the Kampa Museum will be restored to its original condition,” said Jiri Pospisil, chairman of the Jan Mladek and Meda Mladkova Foundation.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze, but had to evacuate pieces of art from an exhibition hall hit by the thick smoke.

More than 100 people had to be evacuated from the museum and nearby buildings. One person needed medical treatment.

About Kampa Museum

The museum is housed in the former Sova Mills in the Lesser Quarter. It houses the Jan and Meda Mládek Collection, which contains works by the pioneer of abstract art František Kupka and the Czech Cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund.

A number of temporary exhibitions of work by artists from both the Czech Republic and abroad take place in the museum every year. The museum also includes a restaurant serving traditional Czech cuisine. The museum opened in 2003.

 

 

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