Bohuslav Mikenda (1860-1928)

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Bohuslav Mikenda was born on 24th August 1860 in Jičín. From 1890 to 1924 he was teaching Latin, Greek and German on Grammar School in Příbram. He was collector and patriot of art, member of many student associations and founder of his own student foundation. In his home at Fibichova Street, he established a gallery which he dedicated to Příbram because the city possessed no gallery. At the end of the 1940s, the gallery opened to the public. Unfortunately, Council of the Local National Committee terminated the gallery at Mikenda’s villa in 1950 and nursery was placed there.

Mikenda’s collection contained average works, yet also some works by leading Czech artists such as Ludvík Kuba, František Kaván, Antonín Hudeček or statue Adam a Eva by Václav Levý. The collection was distributed to different places, about 40 pieces were placed to Zalužany Chateau and returned back after 1989. Bohuslav Mikenda died on 17th June 1928 in Příbram.

Author of Mikenda’s portrait is Karel Beneš.


Jan Karel: Příbram a výtvarné umění. Vlastivědný sborník Podbrdska I/1966, s. 189. Fond ONV Příbram, odbor kultury, 1992.

Author: PhDr. Věra Smolová, ředitelka SOA Příbram