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TREASURES OF CZECH AND SLOVAK MODERN ART II. 1956-1978 from Vladimír Železný collection | Galéria mesta Bratislavy | Allowance organisation of the City of Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic


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TREASURES OF CZECH AND SLOVAK MODERN ART II. 1956-1978 from Vladimír Železný collection

Pálffy Palace (show Contact)
23. 5. 2006 - 20. 8. 2006

Curator: PhDr Magdalena Juříková

Manager of the exhibition: Ing. Jan Kukal

The exhibition takes place in cooperation with the Zlatá Husa Gallery

 On its grounds the Zlatá Husa (Golden Gus) Gallery gathers one of the largest and of the highest quality private collections of Czech art from the years from 1900 to 1978.  It was the period of the sixties of the 20th century which was one of the impulses to start the collection and it was presented until now as the largest exhibition already in the year 2004 in the House of Art of the city Brno (the Czech Republic) where could be shown around 350 works of art. In a partially reduced form it comes now also to Bratislava. It includes some author’s changes in the authorship level because we mutually decided to restrict or completely skip authors who were lately presented in Bratislava with their monographic exhibitions or in other circumstances /Kolář, Boudník/.

 The structure of the collection is very varied and its concept is wide. Besides the main streams of the period it contains also some partially forgotten names or authors who became remote to the Czech environment in emigration but they did not loose their importance for the phenomenon of the sixties of the 20th century. Representation of individuals or styles can’t be representative in all cases. Although - sometimes systematically other times just by chance it was possible  to gather bigger monographic units. Since the exhibition is not so extensive we had to resign from a larger presentation of J.Balcar, V. and V.Janoušek, Koblasa, S. Kolíbal, J. Načeradský, T. Pištěk, A. Veselý or J. Vožniak and present them only with some expressive selections. Some important persons like Václav Boštík are presented here and in the collection only symbolically because the accessibility of their art-works on the market from the second half of the 90ties of the 20th century, when this collection was started it was only minimal. When the possibility to buy their works was equal to zero we tried to get at least some pieces from the beginning of the 70ties when the spirit of the period did not evaporate completely or the author’s opinion just settled /O. Slavík, A. Šimotová/. In some cases we bravely overstepped this thought border reasoning in a strong attraction to the creation and to the person of the author /B. Dlouhý, K. Nepraš/. Often we acted as documentarians  and did not look at the attractiveness of the art-piece or the relationship to the person of the author, but later on the full viability of these acquisitions showed in full extent /V. Hejna/.

The exhibition is introduced with a short overture of the end of the 50ties of the 20th century which incorporates magic of the first touches with the beginning plurality of opinions. This breathing-in and flare-up for freedom of speech is recognisable from each juvenile work of today’s classics. However, the attempt to map this exciting period which today we can evaluate less emotively and in wider context is by far not finished. We redraw weaker places and look for missing items which are still plenty. It is a process requiring time and sources. Despite,  the character and the extent of this collection is respectable and comparable to similar acts from the times of the pre-war collectors conjuncture when entrepreneurs, lawyers and doctors did not hesitate to invest large resources and also their harts into the art of their times and they believed into its spiritual and material potential.   



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