The era of the Slovak (War) State (1939 - 1945) is one of the most controversial periods of our modern history.
“There has never been a time when I found it easy or hard to create. It’s because I don’t create, it’s my inner fanatic duty.” Stano Filko, 1996
François Kollar (1904 - 1979), a French photographer of Slovak origin, was a famous representative of the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) movement and a significant photographer of the working world in France. At the same time he was very successful advertising and fashion photographer and portraitist.
Retrospective exhibition of the jewellery artist and sculptor Anton Cepka (1936) at the Slovak National Gallery loosely follows the exhibit put together in 2015 by Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum in Munich.
These five hundred old European paintings represent an irreplaceable domestic collection. More than a half of them are works of Netherlandish provenience.
The exhibition deliberates over the roles of museums (depositing, preserving, treating, exhibiting, installing, etc.) in the present age of digital technology and the methods of the sensitive use of the digitizing of art in museums and galleries with respect to the preservation of the authentic aura of the original work of art.
Another part of the SNG dramaturgical cycle dedicated to special projects of distinctive figures of the younger generation focuses on Martin Kollar (1971, Žilina), perhaps the most internationally acknowledged and awarded Slovak photographer.
The exhibition project entitled Biedermeier introduces material from the artistic period of the same name. The time segment defined by the years 1815/1820 to 1848/1860 will be represented by small practical items and furniture at the Slovak National Gallery in addition to the genres popular in those times, such as portrait, landscape, still life and genre paintings.
The current situation of the Slovak National Gallery operating in a reduced regime and - in light of the unclear date of completion of the reconstruction - in a kind of a strange timelessness, has had an impact on exhibition operations. In addition to the fact that there is no place to exhibit (simply, there is no space for larger projects in the SNG), there isn't even enough space for storing and documenting the artwork.
The exhibition and publication project entitled "Sochárky"(Women Sculptors) maps the existence and fate of female sculptors who underwent classical sculpting training (secondary schools, academies) in former Czechoslovakia.