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Cesta do hlubin sběratelovy duše. Sbírka moderního umění ostravského sběratele Vladimíra Kouřila ve světle jeho dopisů

Title in English A Journey into the Depths of a Collector’s Soul. The Collection of Modern Art of the Collector Vladimír Kouřil from Ostrava in the Light of His Letters


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Opuscula historiae artium
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Digitální knihovna FF
Field Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Keywords collecting modern art; collections in Moravská Ostrava; JUDr. Vladimír Kouřil
Description On the basis of the extant correspondence of the lawyer and collector of Czech modern art Vladimír Kouřil (1902–1990) from Ostrava, the article attempts to reconstruct at least in broad outline the results of his endeavours as a collector. Taking into account at the same time contemporary views on collecting, it provides a view into the depths of the collector’s soul, attempts to clarify the motives that led him to take an interest in collecting contemporary art, and finally presents the strategies and approaches that he used in systematically expanding his collection through the addition of nigh-quality works by leading representatives of Czech visual art in the first half of the 20th century.

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