Art only need two things: artists and collectors. Paint can continue to exist without critics, no museums without public who go to museums, no dealers, no galleries, no curators, art historians no, no bloggers without diplomats. But collectors around the socio-economic mechanism that keeps alive the arts as we know them would collapse.
Collectors are passionate people who need to live close to the beauty in its purest form. They can be big capitalists or simple employees. Sometimes they are speculating to make money and in many cases made real efforts to buy a painting. But there is always in them a share of romance, children's ingenuity and intuition to decode and anticipate the ways of art.
Certainly in history was mediocre collectors and other bright. Among the best is the Hungarian Imre Patkó. His collection is exhibited in a museum in the center of Gyor (Szechenyi ter 4). It is a 17th century farmhouse that once offered shelter to craftsmen who passed through the city. At the corner we still find an old board with nails hammered visitors as evidence of its passage through the place.
When I arrived it was closed, but the lady who attended the János Xantus Museum -a few yards away was kind enough to open the door . The collection summarizes much of the life of Imre Patkó. On the third floor we find masks, talismans and objects Patkó up in his frequent trips as a journalist, ethnographer and historian in remote regions of China, Tibet, India and Africa; often living with people who -in full 20- century had never had any contact with industrialization.
In the first and second floor works of great Hungarian painters and some worldwide renowned artists such as Marc Chagall, Charles Rouault, Karel Appel exposed, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. In most cases, works wisely chosen by the eye of someone who knows look over the horizon of fashion.
While discovering looked up and through a window I could see a Jesuit temple of the 17th century (the Church of San Ignacio ). In the magical calm of the afternoon Gyôr contrasts between African tribal cultures, Baroque and contemporary art counter vanished. Imre Patkó was very clear that the three were chapters of the same story. In his humanistic mind all civilizations and all peoples are part of an even greater adventure. At the Museum of Imre Patkó we can find some clues to delve a little deeper into wonderful mystery.
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