Miloš Balgavý is an artist who has had a great number of exhibitions all over the world and his works are found in collections of many significant museums and galleries, e.g. the Museum van den Togt in Amsterdam, the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Lausanne, the Nationale Nederlanden in Rotterdam, the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki, the Glass Centre in the town of Lommel, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, and others. In Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, the author is exhibiting for the fourth time – this time with glass artists born from the second half of the sixties (Palo Macho) up to the second half of the nineties. The role of the author is different here, he is becoming a spiritual guide and protector of his younger colleagues. His works present a freely winding road sufficiently wide for others, next ones. Besides ground molten plastic works from optical and coloured glass, Miloš Balgavý´s last exhibition in Jan Koniarek Gallery in Koppel Villa in Trnava (2013) presented photographic pictures gradually arising in a form of photographs documenting all his works. Their author is a renowned photographer Jana Hojstričová. When first documentarily photographing Balgavý´s glass plastic works, the author showed such a degree of empathy which brought forth the photographs excellently applying the light in lyrically tuned up Balgavý´s works. These photographs were spontaneously becoming pictures while the searching artist was always looking for other new possibilities and compositions in photographs of his original works until he undesrtood – after several concentrated ways of applying photographs on various materials such as paper, aluminium – that they can be applied on a transparent material. Here, the absolutely solitary ways of those working with light and colour all their life – Miloš Balgavý, Palo Macho, and Jana Hojstričová, though each of them diametrically differently, were paradoxically cut. Thus, the exhibition is dominated by pictures of Balgavý´s glass works oscillating between a document and statement, and, in fact, they are portraits of the artist´s works by Jana Hojstričová and the Self-portrait (diptych) – double Macho´s painting on glass and Hojstričová´s photograph on glass.
Apart from the glass plastic works by Andrej Jančovič devoted to the molten and cut glass plastic art and Palo Barkóci presenting a unique experimental approach within the technology of cut and burnished glass by a demanding combination of the glass optical material in the blown form with glycerine, attention of the exhibition GLASS (dedicated to Miloš Balgavý) is thus concentrated on a picture. In 2017, there was held the thematic exhibition Knowing – Seeing – Painting in the Medium Gallery, the premises of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. The exhibiting authors not working with glass as a matter of priority were looking for an interlinking of their concepts in glass. This exhibition was followed by the exhibition of predominantly younger generation New Glass Folder in the Swedish glass centre the Glass Factory, Boda Museum, and in 2019, the exhibition Pictures Made in Glass in the Danish Hempel Glassmuseum. All the three exhibitions focused mainly on pictures from glass, in glass, and on glass. Here, we can find the provenance of the resemblance in works by gifted young artists – Žofia Dubová, Ján Mýtny Jr., and Dávid Kurinec. Their expression is a result of interdisciplinary programmes at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In them, we can see an attempt to use traditional technologies of painting on glass retaining an individual expression independent from technological procedures used in industrial production. A principle of such atelier glass is experimenting with glass technologies of painting by covering coloured areas, ceramic decals, the chemical and mechanical taking of painted layers away, by sand-blasting, experimenting with melting and burning temperature and by mirror burning. The glass pictures of other promising authors-women on exhibition – Marta Matejková-Vjatráková, Kristína Ligačová, Arina Dotsenko, and Katarína Pozorová, are also of the same character.
Miloš Balgavý *1955, Bratislava
Jana Hojstričová *1972, Myjava
Palo Macho *1965, Streženice
Andrej Jančovič *1986, Šaľa
Pavol Barkóci *1990, Želiezovce
Ján Mýtny ml. *1991, Bratislava
Dávid Kurinec *1990, Bratislava
Marta Matejková-Vjatráková *1990, Galanta
Žofia Dubová *1991, Bratislava
Kristína Ligačová *1995, Čadca
Arina Dotsenko *1996
Katarína Pozorová *1986