Koudelka revokes donation of work to Museum of Decorative Arts

27-07-2012

The well-known Czech-born photographer Josef Koudelka has revoked his donation of his work to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague due to administrative problems. Koudelka, who is 74, had originally planned to donate 366 photographs worth some 72.8 million crowns to the museum but lost patience with five years of complications, and told the Czech media there was apparently no interest in his country of birth. The museum’s director has suggested that the artist’s conditions were too demanding for a gift. Culture Minister Alena Hanáková has said she hopes the situation is a misunderstanding and that both sides will eventually reach an agreement. Josef Koudelka originally came to fame for his photographs of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. He holds duel Czech and French citizenship.