Patron of modern Czech fine art, founder of the Kampa Museum and the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, will celebrate her 101st birthday tomorrow! On this occasion, the Kampa Museum prepared a program for the public. It will take place not only in the museum, but also in Werich's villa and the Portheimka Glass Museum. Don't know what to do on Tuesday afternoon? Come for a drink and enjoy a dose of luxury art.
Meda Mládková is without a doubt a Lady with a capital L. Although she spent a large part of her life abroad, she always kept a special place in her heart for the Czech Republic, by extension Czechoslovakia. After the end of World War II, she studied economics in Switzerland, but when the communist coup took place in 1948, she decided to remain in exile. A few years later, she moved to Paris, where she ran the Czech publishing house Editions Sokolova and decided to study art history. And that was when her life began to take a new direction…
In the French capital, she met her future husband Jan Mládek as well as the Czech painter František Kupka, whose works she began to collect intensively. In 1960, Meda and Jan moved to Washington, D.C. and their house soon became a meeting point for a number of important personalities, including Václav Havel, Bohumil Hrabal, Ferdinand Peroutka, Jiří Voskovec and Madelaine Albright.
In Washington, Meda devoted herself, among other things, to the comprehensive reconstruction of houses, which she renovated according to her own designs. Since 1967, she began to visit Czechoslovakia and supported artists who couldn't exhibit freely through regular collecting activities. This collection is the basis of today's Kampa Museum, which she founded after her return to the Czech Republic in 1989.
If you found the life story of this energetic woman with a big heart as fascinating as we did, and you would like to toast to her health, be sure not to miss the special program that the Kampa Museum has prepared for her 101st birthday. It includes guided tours of the permanent exhibition with Jiří Pospíšil, Chairman of the Board of the Kampa Museum - Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation or art workshops for children. A festive toast will take place in the garden of Werich's villa at 5:00 pm, followed by a tour of the interior of the villa. In the Portheimka Museum of Glass you can enjoy a guided tour Po stopách výstavy 7+1 Mistři českého skla (In the footsteps of the 7+1 Masters of Czech Glass exhibition).
Admission to all these areas is free, but some of them require booking online or via phone call. For more information visit the official website of the Kampa Museum.