The number of items in this collection (over 13,000 graphic sheets) makes this sub-collection of graphic art one of the largest collections in the museum. Its foundations were laid in 1952 through the organization of the basic fund (by the consolidation of the collections of the Olomouc Municipal Museum, the Friends of Art Club in Olomouc and the National Renewal Fund). Further acquisitions followed. Until the beginning of the 1980s, graphic art together with applied graphics and drawings were all part of one collection. At present these funds are registered as separate collections. The sub-collection of graphic art is divided into two parts - a smaller collection of old graphics and a larger collection of modern graphics (over 10,000 sheets). The collection of old graphics includes prints from the 15th to the 19th centuries from all over Europe. It has not been built systematically, yet it includes a number of unique prints. Among the oldest are illustrations from the 15th to the 16th centuries (Michael Wolgemuth, Hans Brosamer) and small copperplates by so-called small masters (Barthel Beham, Heinrich Aldegrever, Georg Pencz). There are a greater number of Mannerist reproduction graphics by Dutch and German authors from the 2nd half of the 16th century to the beginning of the 17th century (Cornelius Cort, Philipp Galle, Jan I, Rafael I a Egidius Sadelerové, Jan Pieterszoon Saendredam, Hendrik Goltzius, Pieter de Jode I., Jacob Matham, Jan Muller, Lucas Kilian), excellent etchings by French graphic artist Jacques Callot and landscapes by Duch masters of the 17th century (Jan van de Velde II, Allaert van Everdingen). From the Baroque production of the 17th to the 18th centuries, there are outstanding sets of etchings by Václav Hollar, a native of Prague, hunting scenes by German artist Johann Elias Ridinger, and illustrations by prominent Czech engraver Michael Jindřich Rentz. The collection includes a small, but important collection of prints by Italian masters from the Renaissance to late Baroque (Nicolò Boldrini, Aenea Vico, Giorgio Mantovano Ghisi, Agostino Carracci, Simone Cantarini, Salvatore Rosa, Marco Alvise Pitteri, Pietro Testa and Giovanni Battista Piranesi). Original graphics from the 19th century mainly focus on the Czech-Austrian area (Antonín Machek, Antonín and Josef Mánes, Josef Führich, Bedřich Havránek). A completely unique set presents several dozen Japanese woodblock prints from the end of the 18th century (Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagava Kunijoshi, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kunichika). The collection of modern graphic art was intended to become a compact representation of the genre on the territory of the Czech Republic and the nearby Central European area. It reflects important movements and streams of the period as well as the majority of known techniques, including the experimental ones. The basic collection includes a number of excellent prints by the founders of Czech modern graphic art (Max Švabinský, Zdenka Braunerová, Vojtěch Preissig, Tavík František Šimon, Viktor Stretti, Jaromír Stretti-Zamponi, Emil Orlik, František Bílek, Jan Konůpek and František Kobliha), followed by high quality acquisitions made prior to 1989 (Josef Váchal, Josef Šíma, Josef Čapek, František Tichý, Skupina 42 and Ra groups, Jiří John, Alena Kučerová, Karel Malich, Dalibor Chatrný, Naděžda Plíšková). In recent years, the collection has been systematically expanded by adding the works of other prominent authors (Vladimír Boudník, Václav Boštík, Zdeněk Sýkora, Milan Dobeš Eva Bednářová, Dana Puchnarová, Klára Bočkayová Stanislav Kolíbal), including foreign ones and those in exile (Zdenek Kirchner, Miloš Cvach, Terry Haass, Ivan Theimer). A part of the collection consists of a set of Slovak modern graphic art (Albín Brunovský, Daniel Fischer, Jozef Jankovič) and works by German artists (Kurt Gröger, Rudolf Michalik or Rudolf Mather). An extraordinary step was taken with the new acquisitions of European post-war and contemporary graphic art (among others Rudolf Sikora, Dezider Tóth, Juraj Meliš, Imre Bak, A. R. Penck, Viktor Vasarely, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Lajos Kassák, Hans Hartung, Hanne Darboven, Dieter Roth, Zombrich Walter, Eberhard Viegener and Hoanraet Luc). The new collecting strategy has enriched organically and expanded the basic acquisition programme related to the founding of the Central European Forum.
Mgr. Helena Zápalková, Ph.D.
curator of the sub-collection of graphic art – old graphics
tel: 585 514 171
Mgr. Barbora Kundračíková
curator of the sub-collection of graphic art - modern graphic art
tel.: 585 514 233
Mgr. Marta Perůtková
administrator of the depository and the sub-collections of works on paper
tel.: 585 514 273