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"An Extensive Part of the Waldes Collection Returns to Heirs"
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National Gallery, Prague
CZ Czech Republic
On Oct. 21, 1999, the National Gallery is
scheduled to return an extensive part of the Jindrich Waldes art
collection to the Waldes heirs. The collection was legally restituted in
Return of this property represents a general problem since it also
involves other properties of claimance still held by the state. In
recent years, this issue raised much criticism and discussions about the
restitution laws and how the Czech Republic lives up to them.
This part of the collection to be returned includes works of Frantisek
Kupka, a prominent name in the Waldes Collection and modern art. The
National Gallery in Prague has made an offer to purchase some of them,
which also created a controversy. Up to the beginning of October,
however, National Gallery has not been able to secure the necessary
funds. It should also be noted that many of the valuable works were
already donated to the National Gallery as well as other works to the
Museum of Decorative Arts, for example the Karlstejn Treasure.
Since the continuation of the Waldes collection is not possible it is
planned to be sold, but before the break-up takes place, it was decided
to mount an exhibit. Entitled Kupka - Waldes, An Artist and His
Collector, the exhibition will take place at the Rudolfinum Gallery in
Prague, Czech Republic, from Dec. 7, 1999, to Jan. 9, 2000. Accompanying
the exhibit will be a comprehensive catalogue and an overview of Kupka's
art in the Waldes Collection.
Present at the press conference will be Jiri Waldes, Petr Meissner and
Ludmila VachtovĚ who will discuss issues concerning the Waldes
Collection. Mr. Waldes is a representative of the heirs and son of
Jindrich Waldes. Mr. Meissner is a Czech antiques and art dealer and has
represented the heirs to the Waldes Collection in the Czech Republic for
the past four years. Ms. VachtovĚ, an art critic and a writer, is one of
the world's most knowledgeable experts on the work of Frantisek Kupka.