Kampa Museum of Central European modern art finally opens in Prague
Those of you who either live in Prague or have visited the city have surely wondered what the big white stately building on Kampa Park on the left bank of the Vltava River houses. Known to locals as the Sova Mill, named after one of its 15th century owners, Vaclav Sova, it was abandoned and left to its own fate for years until prominent art collector Meda Mladek decided to turn it into a museum.
"You know, I am quite tired because it was really a great effort for years. You can't imagine. I had to go through problem after problem because it is a very beautiful area, everybody wanted to have a hotel or apartment building and so on here. I came and started to fight for it and nobody believed that I could ever get it, especially me being a woman from America - that was out of the question. But I did succeed and everybody is astonished."
But the hard work that followed has made a visit to the museum even more worthwhile. It now houses collections of abstract painter Frantisek Kupka and Czech cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund as well as works from other significant Central European artists - works that have often not made it to art lovers in Central Europe.
And for more about this new cultural gem of Prague, tune into this week's Arts, in which Dita Asiedu talks to Meda Mladek about the artists represented and the reaction of the public to the opening of the museum.