The basis of the sculpture collection was created in 1952 by merging four basic sources - the collections of the Municipal Museum in Olomouc, the Society of Friends of Art, The National Renewal Fund and the deposits. It was subsequently expanded by ministerial acquisitions and by way of donations (e.g. the estate of Vladimír Navrátil). The curators of the collection have been J. Lakosil (1952–1983), M. Soukup (1985– current). The sub-collection includes more than 1,300 items and is divided into two parts - a modest collection of old art and a much larger and more compact collection of modern sculpture. The collection of old art was created rather randomly and it is not a compact collection, in spite of which there are some unique works, in particular several late Gothic and Baroque wooden sculptures which are especially unique. Modern art of the 20th and 21st centuries is represented by works of Czech sculptors. The collection documents all significant streams and styles consisting of a set of sculptures created from different materials (stone, wood, bronze, plaster, etc.). The centre of the collection consists of works of classic modernism from 1900 to 1930 (Josef Václav Myslbek, Jan Štursa, Anton Hanak, Bohumil Kafka, Josef Mařatka, Otakar Španiel, Otto Gutfreund, Karel Dvořák, Vincenc Makovský, Hana Wichterlová, Josef Wagner, Bedřich Stefan, Josef Vinecký ad.), a collection of works by the Skupina 42 group (Ladislav Zívr) and as a certain pendant to the collection of classic modernism, also a set of sculptures from the 1960s (Hugo Demartini, Jiří Hilmar, Eva Kmentová, Jan Koblasa, Stanislav Kolíbal, Jiří Kolář, Karel Malich, Karel Nepraš, Eduard Ovčáček, Zdeněk Palcr, Ladislav Zívr etc.) closely tied to other collections. Authors whose lives and work are connected with Central Moravia are also represented in the collection (Vladimír Navrátil, Rudolf Chorý, Ivan Theimer, Jiří Žlebek etc.). After 2000, the museum started systematically collecting works of Central European sculpture (Magdalena Abakanowicz, Imre Bak, Juraj Bartusz, Milan Dobeš, György Jovánovics, Alex Mlynárčik, Juraj Meliš, Vladimír Kordoš) as well as works by artists living in exile (Magdalena Jetelová, Terry Haas, Miloš Cvach, Jan Koblasa, Jan Kotík, Zbyněk Sekal, Jindřich Zeithamml).
Mgr. Michal Soukup
curator of the sub-collection of sculpture
administrator of the sculpture depository