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



Author: Ingrid Višňovská
Mirbach Palace (show Contact)
26. 10. 2011 - 29. 1. 2012
Curator: Ivan Jančár

Multi-media site-specific installation.


The author uses fire as a significant element in the history of humanity, on the one hand, giving life and understood as a purifying element, but on the other hand, something that has often been misused in human history. It can be destructive, but it may also be a synonym for life and love. Therefore the words Nutrisco et extingo, that is: I nourish good and destroy evil, also characterise the salamander, an animal symbolising fire.” The viewer entering this space gains a new experience of participation in something that cannot be present in reality without physical harm. At the same time, he experiences his own symbolic purification here. The installation is sited in the upper part of the Mirbach Palace attic space between the numerous roof beams. It uses the holographic principle embracing the whole upper space. Therefore, the viewer looks into the fire from below. The fire is above him, as it belonged to the gods before the time of Prometheus who stole it and brought it to people.


Ingrid Višňovská (1978) studied under Assoc. Prof. Anton Čierny (1998–2004) in the Studio of Spatial Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In 2005 she was the winner of the international competition of the Ars Electronica Centrum (Map XXL) and the finalist of several prestigious awards: 2005 – the Oskár Čepan Prize and 2007 the Essl Award.

The exhibition is realized with financial contribution of the Ministry of Culture, Slovak Republic.



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