An additional name of the Popmuseum is “Muzeum a archiv populární hudby” (Museum and archive of pop music). Its main project is a temporary exhibition and an information centre in Prague. The Popmuseum is a voluntary independent association registered at the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic as a legal entity in November 1998. The museum and archive were founded by Aleš Opekar, Petr Hrabalik, Radek Diestler and Josef Kytnar from Brno. The association currently manages the museum and a depository in Horní Počernice, Prague. Archive documents, pictures, posters, audio and audio-visual recordings, music instruments and equipment, related to the evolution of pop music and memorabilia related to important figures of Czech and Slovak pop music are stored there (pop music is understood in its entirety regardless of style, genre or time). The base of the latter large collection were the archive materials and items that were collected in the half of the 1990s while filming the TV series “Bigbít” (Czech Television, 1998) about the history of Czechoslovak rock music. The museum also has a branch in Moravia – Poparchiv in Brno – a digital archive and an archive of LPs and LP covers.
Materials are available for researchers in the seat of the museum in the cultural centre Kaštan in Břevnov, Prague. There is also an information centre for both lay and professional public. There are databases, specialized magazines and literature and eventually other materials from the collection of the Popmuseum available. A permanent exhibition of music instruments, mostly electric guitars of Czechoslovak origin and selected keyboard instruments used in former Czechoslovakia, are also a part of the Popmuseum. Other exhibition areas are for short-term thematic exhibitions. Exhibitions, concerts and screenings are organised by the museum on other premises as well, for example, in the music club Vagon in Prague. The exhibitions have mostly documentary, educational or pop-culture characteristics, rather than an artistic one. Their goal is a different form of music journalism, an aim to present an opinion on a partial phenomenon and an interpretation of particular topics. The Popmuseum collaborates with institutions and other subjects such as the Oral history centre at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the Slovak National Museum, music club Vagon, the Czech Museum of Music and the Retromuseum Cheb.
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