The exhibition cycle Ways of Collecting presents various approaches to collecting by unveiling local and international private collections seldom available to the public, beginning with Midnight of Art, an exhibition dedicated to the collection of Karel Babíček (1956).
In 1991, the collector, curator, and entrepreneur opened Behémót Gallery, one of the first private art galleries in Prague. The gallery was founded along the New York model, with a focus on its exhibition programme, keeping abreast of current events, and communicating across generations. Babíček was the first to seek out conceptual works for his collection and to support the creation of such works. His gallery also showed multimedia and performance art.
The collection includes works by Krištof Kintera, Vladimír Kokolia, Petr Kvíčala, Vladimír Merta, Jiří Příhoda, Václav Stratil, Adriena Šimotová, Kateřina Vincourová, Margita Titlová-Ylovsky, Josef Žáček, and others. Even today, Babíček continues to follow the Czech art scene and to add to his collection.
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