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MAPY/MAPS. Art Cartography in the Centre of Europe 1960 -2011
MAPY / MAPS
Umelecká kartografia v strede Európy 1960 - 2011
Art Cartography in the Centre of Europe 1960 - 2011
MAPY / MAPS I.
Artistic Cartography 1960 - 2011
Bratislava City Gallery, Mirbach palace,
June 29 – August 28, 2011
MAPY / MAPS II.
Slovak National Gallery, Water Barracks, Cabinet of 20. Century Art+,
July 14 – September 3, 2011
Milan Adamčiak, Gábor Attalai (H), Juraj Bartusz, Peter Bartoš, Erik Binder, Bálint Bori (H), Vladimír Boudník (CZ), David Černý (CZ), Anna Daučíková, Jiří David (CZ), Martin Derner, Ľubomír Ďurček, Stano Filko, Daniel Fischer, Juraj Gábor, György Galántai (H), IPUT / Tamás St.Ruby (H), Jozef Jankovič, Peter Kalmus, Michal Kern, Július Koller, Patrik Kovačovský, Barbara Kozłowska (PL), Jarosław Kozłowski (PL), Marek Kvetán, Otis Laubert, Lengow&Hermes, Milan Maur (CZ), Juraj Meliš, Milan Mikula, Svätopluk Mikyta, Alex Mlynárčik, Monogramista T•D, Michal Murin, Ilona Németh, Miloš Novák, Boris Ondreička, Eduard Ovčáček (CZ), Štefan Papčo, Jan Pfeiffer (ČR), Sándor Pinczehelyi (H), Ludmiła Popiel (PL), Jerzy Rosołowicz (PL), Rudolf Sikora, Tomasz Sikorski (PL), Magda Stanová, Miloš Šejn, Dezider Tóth, Jaro Varga, Kamil Varga, Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski (PL)
International exhibition project MAPY / MAPS explores art cartography from the 1960’s to today. The exhibition presents not only known, but also lesser known and never before displayed works by artists active in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the areas of conceptual art and land-art, in the 1980’s also in painting and photography, while the 1990s are reflected through neo-conceptual objects and installations. Selected works created by the youngest generation of artists often use maps and principles of mapping, networks, roads, thinking and research with the help of map as a metaphor for the very creation of their artwork. Over the past 50 years, map has become an important vehicle in art for sharing cultural meaning as a medium of utopian visions, mental archaeology, futuristic projects or even as a projection of territorial or political frustrations. The exhibition argues that in contemporary art, maps serve also as a reflection of discourse about the geopolitical space of Central Europe. In this art-historical sample, the exhibition follows “on the map” of works by more than 50 artists’ relationship to everyday reality, starting with the intersection of art and life in neo-avant-garde tendencies of the 1960s up to the forthright manifestation of life in art enabled by the new media.
The exhibition focuses on “mapping” interpretations and reflections of maps in the Slovak art scene in the juxtaposition of selected works by key artists in the Visegrad countries area: Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. While it is composed chronologically, it also allows a layered reading through several themes present throughout the exhibition. Based on the exhibited material, we can trace ways of artistic thinking about borders, their limitations, forms of their free virtual crossing or re-defining in utopian projects, as well as through mental shifts in their transfer, scale changes or changes in positions of states and continents. They capture experience from a physical presence in the landscape and orientation in urban or natural terrain; on a metaphorical level, they portray subjective individual mythologies and the search for a lost paradise, mythical and newly discovered countries, or a shift to transcendency of cosmic space(s). Another layer of reading is provided by the catalog, designed as an atlas of artistic maps, which is accompanied by references to the rich field of critical reading of maps.
Exhibition MAPY / MAPS does not offer a simple orientation to the terrain of art. It invites the viewer to enter new worlds and through various strategies of using maps in art.