MODERN COLLECTION? THE ”AUTEUR MUSEUM” AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE STRATEGY OF COLLECTING ART
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The museum collection is one of the more important elements co-creating a museum, especially in the case of an institution interested in modern art. The selection of works of art for an exhibition influences not only the character of a given institution, but also its rank in the scientifics mi-lieu and its social assessment. Hence it is important for the collection strategy to be founded on a well-conceived museum policy understood as specialization in a given domain guaranteeing the collection’s high standard and contacts with artists ensuring topicality and conservation. Excellent examples of modern art collections created upon the basis of these principles include, i.a. Galeria 72 at the Regional Museum in Chełm Lubelski, the outcome of the cooperation of Kajetan Sosnowski and Bożena Kowalska, the collection of works executed at open-air workshops in Osieki organised upon the initiative of Marian Bogusz and Jerzy Fedorowicz at the Museum in Koszalin, or the Department of Modern Art at the National Museum in Wrocław, reformed by Bożena Steinborn and developed by Mariusz Hermansdorfer. All the above collections, initiated during the 1960s and 1970s, share the strong personality of their “author”, i.e. the person responsible for creating them. The extraordinary nature of such undertakings consists, predominantly, of linking the praxis of private collections, namely, direct cooperation with the artists or a single person in charge of the rank of the collection, and public collections engaged in the realization of a mission of gathering artworks. The auteur museum - since this is the way we can describe the above-mentioned institutions - are noteworthy instances of solutions combining topicality and the superior standard of the collections and a consistently implemented, individually devised, and long-term collection strategy.
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