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Treasure of Slovakia

The Permanent Exposition Re-installed

Exhibition title: Treasure of Slovakia
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Koppel villa, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curators: Mgr. Filip Krutek, Mgr. Roman Popelár
Opening: 7 July 2016
 

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The original permanent exposition titled Treasure of Slovakia and subtitled The Classic Slovak Art of the 20th Century was opened in November, 2007. It was designed to justly saturate the status of the art gallery as an artwork-collecting and memory-preserving institution. The ambition of the selection of paintings and sculptures arranged in specific thematic and genre blocks was to present the development of Slovak art between 1900 and 1960.

This approach of the gallery was updated during the reinstallation of the permanent exposition in 2016. Firstly, the specific thematic blocks are no longer differentiated by the wall color, thus a new pattern of exposition reading was created. The exposition represents a continuous overview of the individual blocks which are set apart rather spatially. Secondly, the timeframe of the exposition was shifted towards newer art trends starting in the 1920s, including the artworks created in the last decade of the 20th century.

The content of the specific thematic or genre sections is determined by the character of the selected artworks, which include paintings and sculptures exclusively from the gallery repository. In the first place, it is a reflection of the morphology of folk and figural-ethnographic motifs, expressive and forceful testimony about the terrors of the Second World War, intimate portrayals of female body and variation of traditional genres such as still life painting and landscape painting. The medium of painting is balanced with a collection of small-size sculptures mainly by the authors connected with the Trnava region.

Another important feature of the exposition is the presentation of the key names of individual stages of traditional Slovak visual arts. It starts with the so-called “founding generation” of artists who employed techniques of world avant-garde movements in their works, i.e. Martin Benka, Janko Alexy or Miloš Alexander Bazovský (we could also include the sculptor Ján Koniarek among them), and continues with the “generation of 1909” represented by Cyprián Majerník, Eugen Nevan or Ján Mudroch, who critically followed the previous nationally motivated artistic works. The generation of the artists creating after the Second Word War is represented by Vincent Hložník. The group around Mikuláš Galanda, holding on to the message of the Slovak Modern Art of the 1930s, is represented by Milan Laluha, Vladimír Kompánek and Ernest Spitz. The selection is complemented by the artworks of the most significant regional authors such as Teodor Tekel, Edita Ambrušová and Jozef Balogh.
Except for the attempt to present the progress of visual arts in the 20th century, the permanent exposition also has a substantial educational character. Together with the permanent expositions Ján Koniarek – Life and Work and Portrait Gallery, it offers a sufficient base for wide use of the gallery pedagogy and education in the field of visual arts not only to general public, but especially to children visitors.

Filip Krutek
 


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