Past Exhibition

Koudelka Returning

A career-spanning retrospective of Josef Koudelka’s work opens in the city he exiled himself from decades ago

Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka Warsaw Pact troops invasion. Czechoslovakia, Prague. August 1968. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Festival of gypsy music, Strážnice. Czechoslovakia. 1966. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Czechoslovakia. 1956-1960. Poland. 1958. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Parc de Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France. 1987. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Warsaw Pact troops invasion. Prague, Czechoslovakia. August 1968. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops. Near the Radio headquarters. Prague, Czechoslovakia. August 1968. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Play: A Cat on the Rails. (Une Chatte sur les rails/Die Katze auf dem Gleis). Play written by Josef Topol and directed by Otomar Krejca. Theatre Beyond the Gate (Divadlo Za Branou/Théâtre derrièr (...)
Josef Koudelka Temple of Zeus, Athens. Greece. 1994. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Although the Wall is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by Israel, no studies have been carried out to evaluate its environmental impact. Al 'Eizariya (Bethany), East Jerusalem. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

This retrospective exhibition commemorates the 80th birthday of the distinguished Czech photographer and provides a cross-section of his entire oeuvre. About 400 works that Josef Koudelka donated to this museum will form the backbone of the exhibition.

Complementing the selection will be picture loans from the Magnum Photo agency, hand-picked by the photographer and curator Irena Šorfová. Photos of the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia (August 1968) will be prominently featured, along with original pictures and documentary materials from Josef Koudelka’s archive.

Two books will be published in Czech and English: one a catalog of Koudelka’s donated works; the other presenting a few selected series from the exhibition, essays and a biography of the artist.

More information

Stay in touch
Stay up to date every Thursday with Magnum photographers’ activities, new work, stories published on the Magnum website, and the latest offerings from our shop.
Be the first to know about recent Magnum Shop drops. From new books and limited editions, to special offers, you can find it all on the weekly Magnum Shop newsletter.
Get fortnightly tips and advice articles, find out about the latest workshops, free online events and on-demand courses.
Learn about online and offline exhibitions, photography fairs, gallery events, plus fine print news and activities, on a monthly basis.
Know when our quarterly 7-day square print sale is coming.
Monthly updates on the latest assignments, photographer projects and collaborations with brands.