TOP ACQUISITIONS 2017 - 2018
As a part of the dramaturgical cycle Collection, the exhibition presents 29 works by 16 selected authors, which were acquired in the years 2017 - 2018 in generational diversity, as well as in different types and genres. During this period, the gallery received totally of 169 works by 44 authors. The exhibition confronts art dating back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the 20th and 21st centuries, in the context of the Spiš region and eastern Slovakia.
Authors: Emil Alexay-Olexák, Slavomír Durkaj, Rudolf Hofer, Eduard Hriňák, Zdeněk Jeřábek, Roland Neupauer, Viktor Olgyai, Veronika Rónaiová, Mária Rudavská, Viliam Slaminka, Peter Smik, Imrich Svitana, Eugen Szepesi-Kuszka, Simona Štulerová, Amalka Ľudmila Valenčíková, Vladimíra Weiss.
The oldest generation is represented by Emil Alexay-Olexák (1891 - 1949), who depicted the landscape around Prakovce where he lived for some time. His uncle Eduard Hriňák (1856 - 1917) also devoted himself to landscape painting. The works of Viktor Olgyai (1870 - 1929), that are characterized by the landscape depicting, are dated to the 1920s. The same motif - the Spiš landscape - is typical for Eugen Szepesi-Kuszka (1885 - 1948), a native of Spišská Nová Ves. In contemporaries, the graphic art is represented by the art-work of Zdeněk Jeřábek (1930), a nude depicting a female figure in details. The sacred motif of beatification is in the painting of Veronika Rónai (1951). With the statue of Space in the Rocks, Mária Rudavská (1941 - 2019) returns to the roots of human, to the nature she had in great respect. In Ivan Svitana's (1944) the chamber-cast Miss Camera, we can see a unique precision of shapes. Roland Neupauer (1980), a representative of young generation of contemporary artists, captures the sensory effects of the environment in a relaxed, expressive manuscript, letting colour, gesture and emotion speak. Slavomír Durkaj (1976) points to environmental pollution, causing conflict between nature and modern civilization. Viliam Slaminka (1985) puts emphasis on simplicity, shape styling and colour with wit and playfulness. Simona Štulerová (1987) creates a stylized world of geometric shapes of landscape units, where natural details replace people: there dominates a conflict of nature and the civilization-cultural environment. Amalka Ľudmila Valenčíková (1980) devotes herself to depicting the female world and the feelings of her own: the exposed tapestries depict male torsos in the form of textile reliefs. Vladimíra Weiss (1987) uses the segments of irony and exaggeration in her art-work Matrioška. A series of paintings Sunbathing draws us directly into the picture and, thanks to the coarsely painted silicone paint and acrylic, the works create an illusion of the object. Rudolf Hofer's sculpture (1951) captures the motion in an abstract way, which is expressed by simply turning a prism. The work of Peter Smik (1968) Misa II was created by melting into a neoplasm - the reverse side of the bowl with mental, not tangible food. Through the work Food Box, the author tries to think about everyday duties that he compares to the boxes representing the vortex of life.
Exhibition is accompanied by a playful Guide to the exhibition that was published by the Gallery of Spiš Artists as a part of the new acquisitions evaluation. An integral part of the installation is slide-show of all acquired items in the given period.
Curator: Mgr. Mária Šabľová - GUS
Graphic design: Mgr. art. Ivana Babejová - GUS
24.07.2019 o 17.00 hod.
Galéria umelcov Spiša
Zimná 46, Spišská Nová Ves
24.07.2019 - 24.11.2019