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Mária Balážová: Women´s Design

Retrospective exhibition of a distinctive Slovak author, a representative of the regional art scene, with the following introducing of a new monograph publication.

Author, title of the exhibition: Mária Balážová: Women´s Design
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Koppelova vila, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curated by: Mgr. Roman Gajdoš, PhD.
Opening of the exhibition: 12th September 2019 (Thursday) at 6.00 pm
Duration of the exhibition: 12th September – 27th October 2019

The exhibition presents a slightly retrospective selection from the period of the last fifteen years with regard to the recent one-person exhibition of the author held by the GJK in the year 2004. The conception lays emphasis on the works of the last period which have been even more shifted away from the sphere of post-geometric painting towards a more expressive feminist representation. Balážová uses the means of expression related to geometric abstraction as a tool of criticizing the gender inequality at the institutional level already in the series of Parliamentary Feminist Tread 1 – 4 and with the present conceptual reflection. Later, it is especially an articulated theme of work, where she expresses this phenomenon on the basis of her own experience of life (one-year study at the industrial school focused on textile in Trenčín). Primarily, she inquires into a disciplining and hierarchized model of work in the zone creating a new-and-old labour – feminized and strongly subordinate not only in the times of socialism, but also now in capitalism. It is also a criticism of the stereotyped women´s work at a level of co-modified profit or benefit, and at the same time she considers not only this process in the industrial public area, but also within the intimate-private one. The monumental triptych of Women´s Geometry 1 – 3 has a more intimate character. On the contrary, the works from the subcycles of Unpaid Housework and, in particular, absolutely the most recent collection of works named Home Violence have a more critical character.

Assoc. Prof., Mgr. Art Mária Balážová born in Trnava in 1956, completed the Secondary SUPŠ School in Bratislava (1972 – 76) and graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (1978 – 1984). At the beginning of her artisic activities, she was taken up especially with the medium of drawing, object, and author´s clothing design, later with painting and graphic arts. She is a characteristic representative of post-geometric and feminist art in Slovakia. For her drawings she received the award of Honorable Mention in the USA (Provo) in the year 1990, and in the year 2019, Honorary Mention Award, International Drawing Biennale 2018 – 19, New Delhi (India). She exhibited at the 5th International Triennale of Drawing, Wroclaw (1992), the Club of Concretists, Bratislava, the Slovak National Gallery (1999), Eine kurze Geschichte zur Malerei, Leverkusen (2001), Contemporary Slovak Art 1960 – 2000, Ljubljana, City Art Museum (2007), Here and Now, Budapest, Kunsthalle (2015), Hommage à Peter Vajda, Prague, Museum Kampa – Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation (2018). She is represented in the collections: the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, National Gallery, Prague (CZ), Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, the Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, Gallery of Miloš Alexander Bazovský, Trenčín, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the Collection of PSIS (the First Slovak Investment Group´s Collection), Bratislava, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo (J), the City Museum and Gallery, Břeclav (CZ), and Richard Adam Gallery, Brno (CZ). She works as a university teacher at the Faculty of Education, Trnava University, she lives in Trnava.




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