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Between 1979 and 1993, there was the Gallery of a Child at the City Gallery of Bratislava. 



Author: Ivan Pavle
Pálffy Palace (show Contact)
24. 1. 2017 - 26. 3. 2017
Curator: Ivan Jančár

Drawings by Ivan Pavle 


Ivan Pavle has been a passionate draughtsman. He has always perceived drawing as a catharsis, exploration of the form of body and the state of mind. There were hundreds of drawings available for the present exhibition. The selection process was very difficult. The curator has been left a free hand; however, we have agreed to present only previously unpublished and unseen works. As the artist is regarding his drawings as very intimate, he never sells them. I have known Ivan Pavle since his graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. Even back then he was a keen draughtsman preparing pastels, which best suited his style of drawing, based on medieval recipes.

     The scope of expression of Pavle´s drawings is very wide, with the differences being far away from a mere nuance. Moving across the art history, he is searching for any possibilities of representation. In every drawing he seems to build a small temple of feelings in various forms, from sorrow, through seeking spiritual balance, to different forms of inner restlessness and unpredictability. Yet they are not the portraits of specific people. Pavle has always avoided portraits. The action or the story can only rarely be found in his drawings. For him it is not important. What is important is a current condition, the present that also seems to be the vibration of eternity. In his insights, he puts emphasis on both stability and disintegration.  With considerable plasticity and almost sculptural approach to the modelling of shape, some drawings may even resemble the painting, while others are characterised by evident expressive style. The figure disintegrates into pieces and the artist, like the medieval alchemists, is looking for its essence.

     In his drawings, Ivan Pavle still believes in the existence of ideal beauty, which is the concept that has been largely unappreciated today. Many of his drawings are based on the Ancient idea of kalokagathia, the ideal of harmony and physical and mental balance of the human aspect. Like Umberto Eco in his books History of Beauty and History of Ugliness, the artist analyses the counterpoints and their fascinating forms. Pavle approaches the utmost boundaries of depicting human conditions. His drawings therefore cannot be considered a sort of supplement to the painting or mere preparatory sketches. 

     The motif of a figure in interior has appeared in Pavle´s drawings only sporadically. Strangely enough, it is exactly this drawing that has been chosen for an exhibition poster and invitation: the figure of man in interior, in the condition of existential anxiety, almost screaming, like in a famous painting by Edvard Munch. Apart from human figures, the motifs of artist´s drawings also include animals, particularly horses, cats and dogs. Pavle approaches them in exactly the same way as human beings, capturing them in various positions, forms and conditions, both calm and terrifying.

     At Mirbach Palace, the Bratislava City Gallery concurrently presents the exhibition of drawings from the collections of the Museum of Art in Olomouc titled By charcoal, paintbrush, scalpel, which offers masterpieces by artists such as Štursa, Filla, Kubišta, Šíma, Toyen, Zrzavý, Medek, Šimotová, Malich etc. The exhibition clearly shows that drawing has a specific nature and is irreplaceable.



                                                                                  Ivan Jančár


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Other exhibitions/actions

Pálffy Palace / Exhibition
Curator: Vladimír Kordoš, Marián Meško
21. 4. 2020 - 30. 8. 2020
Mirbach Palace / Exhibition
Author: Albín Brunovský
Curator: Ivan Jančár
12. 3. 2020 - 30. 8. 2020

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