A view on Bratislava’s art scene

Having profited of the short vacation and the reduced distance that separates the two European capitals, I took a trip to the neighbor country Slovakia and visited its capital: Bratislava, discovering its ever growing art scene! Due to the short duration of my stay, I only visited the places within a walking distance from the city center. Bellow you have the result of that:

1. Diversity Required/ Slovak National Gallery: “The exhibition on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava is based on the confrontation of the historical view of the first academy of arts in Slovakia with a critical curatorial perspective of its contemporary form as a creative laboratory. Significant figures from several generations of artists and art theoreticians work at the Academy today. In addition, since 1990 the school has increasingly opened itself to the international art world. Instruction takes place in studios of painting, sculpture, graphic art, design, textiles, photography, new media and restoration.” (more on the website: http://www.sng.sk/en/uvod/vystavy/aktualne/rozmanitost-nutna-vsvu-model-2014) April 15- June 1, 2014

2.TEXTILE > TEXTILE >> TEXTILE exhibition of the students from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava :”The exhibition of the Department of Textile Production called TEXTILE > TEXTILE >> TEXTILE, within which the medium of textile, in the entire spectre of its meanings and possibilities of processing, interconnects three with their focus substantially different studios of Textile Design, Clothes Design and Textile Production in its space.The actual direction, specifics of concepts of individual studios and individual management of teachers will be communicated through the best quality student outputs. The selection of works focuses on experimental works, either from the aspect of applied technology or unconventional approach to textile material. There are also presented works reflecting domestic tradition of textile production, which apply knowledge to new materials, forms and connections. The ambition of the joint departmental exhibition is to present to the public the most up-to-date works created by the most modern digital technologies that the department has recently acquired.” (from the website of the university:http://www.vsvu.sk/ ) / 27 May – 29 June 2014; Gallery Medium, Hviezdoslavovo square 18, Bratislava

3. “No Comment” exhibition at OPEN Gallery: presents photographs from the 2013 Slovakian Annual Journalist Award:  “The lay and professional public can see this year’s winning and nominated photographs and caricatures at the “No Comment” exhibition at the Open Gallery in Bratislava. The exhibition features more than 100 photographs and caricatures published in Slovak periodic press as commentary of last year’s important political and social events.” (from http://www.novinarskacena.sk/); 13.05-10.06.2014

4. Pálffy Palace (Bratislava City Gallery) installation Passage by Matej Krén: “consisting of almost 15,000 books, which, together with mirrors, create an illusion of endless space and infinity of human knowledge. The artist donated the installation to the City Gallery of Bratislava in 2004” (from the website: http://www.gmb.sk/en/exhibition/detail/stories-and-phenomena-slovak-fine-art-of-the-20th-century-ii)

5. Milan Dobeš Museum: “The museum was established thanks to volunteers and art connoisseurs as well as private collections.Exhibition activities focus particularly on Constructivist and Neo- constructivist tendencies in visual arts.” (from the museum website: http://www.milandobes.sk/)

6. SNG Non-Permanent Exposition  Slovak National Gallery: “During the reconstruction of the Slovak National Gallery building in Bratislava, the temporary exposition of the SNG’s historical collections (Gothic & Baroque) will provide visitors with access to the most important artifacts of the art of the 14th-18th centuries.The intent of this permanent/non-permanent exposition is to offer an untraditional view of works of art that are frequently presented chronologically; in this case, the curators have chosen an approach that differs from linear, stylistic or art-geographical classifications. ” (more on the website: http://www.sng.sk/en/uvod/vystavy/aktualne/nestala-expozicia-sng)

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