PPF Group supports a number of philanthropy projects in countries in which it operates, focusing in particular on education, art, and science.
Established in the Czech Republic and still operating here, PPF was one of the first privately-held corporations in the early 1990s to commit to systematic support for art, thus helping to save several unique art projects and works of art.
Today, PPF owns what is probably the largest private collection of Czech and Slovak photography. Through its PPF Art subsidiary, PPF manages the collection of Josef Sudek, a globally-acclaimed Czech photographer, and operates an art gallery named after him, the Josef Sudek Studio in Prague-Újezd, which PPF helped to restore. PPF also operates the Václav Špála Gallery in Prague, which is renowned for its focus on contemporary art.
In 2014, PPF Group bought works of art from Česká pojišťovna’s collection, primarily paintings from its ‘Golden Fund’, which became the foundation for a new collection. Česká pojišťovna had gradually acquired these works over its history, i.e. for approximately 185 years. The collection includes works by Alois Bubák, Alfons Mucha, Maxmilián Pirner, Jakub Schikaneder, Luděk Marold, Mikuláš Medek, Joža Úprka, August Piepenhagen and Antonín Procházka, as well as those of contemporary artists such as Ivan Ouhel, Jiří Sopko, Tomáš Císařovský, Petr Nikl, Jan Merta and others.
PPF has also supported Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana (The Jára Cimrman Theatre in Žižkov) in Prague for a long time and has been a partner of the Summer Shakespeare Festival since as early as 2000.
Six rare stringed instruments, valued at a total of CZK 20 million, have enriched the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s sound thanks to PPF: a Giovanni Maria Valenzano violin from 1825, a Pietro Messori violin from 1924, and violins built by Italian violin makers Giovanni Cavani and Onorato Gragnani from the beginning of the 19th century; an Ettore Soffritti viola from 1927, and a cello built by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, the greatest French luthier of all time, from 1844. Through its subsidiary, CETIN, PPF is the technology partner for the famous Prague Spring music festival.
PPF Art also contributes to the development and popularisation of art through collaboration with other galleries and the lending of artwork to both domestic and international exhibitions.
The work of this world-renowned Czech photographer has become the cornerstone of PPF Group’s photography collection. PPF Art also operates an art gallery bearing his name, the Josef Sudek Studio, located in Prague-Újezd, which PPF Art helped to restore.
PPF art's exhibitions programme focuses on contemporary Czech artists’ professional artwork, placing a particular emphasis on mapping the various vectors of current painting, but also of photography and sculpture.
Probably the largest private art collection of Czech and Slovak photography; it currently comprises 1,918 works by 170 photographers, including Josef Sudek, František Drtikol, Jaromír Funke, Ivan Pinkava, Tono Stana and others.
Fine Art Collection
A collection of 333 works of fine art, mainly pictures and sculptures, including those of Alfons Mucha, Maxmilián Pirner, Jakub Schikaneder, Luděk Marold, Mikuláš Medek, August Piepenhagen, and contemporary artists Ivan Ouhel, Tomáš Císařovský, Petr Nikl, Jan Merta and others.
Over thirty galleries and art institutions are taking part in this festival, with a programme that explores various aspects of the art world and looks at different historical periods, themes and art forms. Prague’s Art Week is inspired by Vienna Art Week, and PPF Art is one of the festival’s partners.
The Summer Shakespeare
The Summer Shakespeare Festival is Europe’s oldest and biggest open-air theatre festival of William Shakespeare’s works. The festival runs on open-air stages in Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Bratislava from late June to early September.
The Jára Cimrman
Theatre in Žižkov
The idea to found the Jára Cimrman Theatre followed the enthusiastic response to “The Spider Wine Pub”, a radio sketch show. The show’s authors arranged the humour – a touch of mystification and pseudo-science – for the stage. In 2017, the theatre celebrated its golden jubilee.
The Prague Spring
Through its subsidiary, CETIN, PPF is the technology partner for the globally-acclaimed Prague Spring music festival.
the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Six rare stringed instruments, valued at a total of CZK 20 million, have enriched the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s sound thanks to PPF. The hands of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s experienced musicians play the violins, viola and cello
Sudek, Funke, Drtikol…
This exhibition at the Regional Gallery in Liberec will present 150 original photographs from 150 years of Czech and Slovak photography, and it will be the first opportunity for the public to see a comprehensive selection from the PPF collection. The exhibition will run in Liberec from 21 June to 30 September 2018.