PPF Group´s Cultural Projects
In the Czech Republic, where it was first established and continues to operate, the PPF Group was one of the first privately owned corporations in the early 1990s to begin systematically to support art and thus to help save unique art projects and works.The PPF Group’s support for the arts is focused primarily on painting and sculpture. A subsidiary, PPF Art, operates several art galleries and manages unique collections of Czech and Slovak photography. It manages the collection of the most famous Czech photographer, Josef Sudek, and also operates the gallery bearing his name, the Josef Sudek Studio, on Újezd street, Prague. The Josef Sudek Studio was restored thanks also to the PPF Group.
PPF also ensures the operation of the Václav Špála Gallery, the best-known Prague gallery focused on contemporary art. In addition, it manages a collection of art for Česká pojišťovna.
Another area in which PPF Art is involved is the publication of art books on themes linked to the collections and current exhibitions. Thus, for example, it published Zemská fotografie by Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák and also Privatissima, a volume devoted to the photos of Josef Sudek.
PPF Art contributes to the development and popularization of art and also collaborates with other galleries and lenders of works of art for local and foreign exhibitions.
Among the other arts projects supported by the PPF Group are the Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana (Jára Cimrman’s Žižkov Theatre) in Prague and the Summer Shakespeare Festival, which takes place every year at Prague Castle and in other Czech towns.