Kaplický declines Culture Ministry award over library building feud

20-10-2008

The Czech Culture Ministry announced on Monday the winners of its annual culture awards. But an incident took place when architect Jan Kaplický said he would not accept his prize for contribution to the visual arts. Mr Kaplický’s design for a new National Library building was vetoed this year by the Culture Ministry, and in such circumstances, Mr Kaplický said, it was not right for him to accept the award. The award brings with it a prize of 300,000 crowns (16,200 USD), which the Culture Ministry has said it will donate to various artistic organizations instead. Other winners of the ministry’s awards this year include Ludvík Vaculík for his contribution to literature, and Zdeněk Šesták in the field of music.