The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation was established by Meda Mládek in 1999 in order to support fine art and make the collection of modern art gathered by Jan and Meda Mládek since the 1950’s until the present accessible to the public.
The purpose of the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, which oversees Museum Kampa, is to support the relationship of both domestic and foreign visitors to fine art, acquaint the public with modern and contemporary fine art, and contribute to the renewal and raising awareness of tradition mainly in artistic and cultural fields. The Foundation achieves its aims through a variety of activities: operating Museum Kampa in the building of Sova’s Mills on the Prague island of Kampa, where on display is a permanent exhibition featuring a collection of paintings, drawings and graphic art by the leading pioneer of abstract art, František Kupka, and a collection of sculptures by the Cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund. In addition, many both monographic and thematic exhibitions representing the styles and movements of classical modern art derived from the works by František Kupka, and the works by the leading representatives of the Central and South European (mainly Czech, Slovak, Polish, Serbian and Croatian) art of the second half of the 20th century are regularly held in the museum. These short-term exhibitions with a clear thematic focus on the progressive trends of both Czech and European art of the 20th century are an essential and recognized part of the museum’s activities. In 2012, the Board of Directors of the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation welcomed JUDr. Jiří Pospíšil as a new member, who later became its Chairman in 2016. Under his administration, the Foundation’s collection is continuously expanding and the exhibition programme has been enriched by exhibiting works by artists who left Czechoslovakia due to the totalitarian regime, and therefore their creative work is not well known to their originally domestic public. Every year, Museum Kampa is visited by about one hundred thousand visitors from all over the world, and in 2015, it was included by The Guardian among the five most interesting small private institutions in Europe.