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Is There an East European Identity?

Kunsthalle Bratislava is opening an international exhibition entitled Orient2, curated by Michal Novotný, director of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Prague. Orient2 is a collective exhibition, a more extensive continuation of the Orient project, made to measure for the first-floor spaces of Kunsthalle Bratislava. Elsewhere in Europe visitors were able to see it in several cultural centres during 2018, e.g. in Kim?

The Emotive Architecture of Žilvinas Landzbergas

Kunsthalle Bratislava will present a solo exhibition by the internationally respected Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Landzbergas at the beginning of July. His exhibition project is produced specially for the Kunsthalle LAB space. Art lovers have already been able to see Landzbergas’s work at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2017, where he presented his installation R in the Lithuanian national pavilion.

The Perspectival Perception of Zorka Lednárová

Kunsthalle LAB presents a solo exhibition by Zorka Lednárová, a Slovak sculptor living in Berlin. Viewers have been able to see her visual works at many exhibitions at home and abroad. By way of example, let us recall her participation in EXPO 2000 in Hangzhou, China, where she received a prestigious invitation to create a work of sculpture, which was appreciated by Chinese art critics also. The opening of her exhibition entitled Perspective, curated by Lucie G.

Inverse Procedures in Contemporary Visual Culture

Kunsthalle Bratislava presents a wide-ranging exhibition entitled Inverse Romanticism, comprising works by five leading Czech and Slovak artists of the contemporary scene (Josef Bolf, Martin Gerboc, Jiří Petrbok, Ivan Pinkava, Richard Štipl). Using the media of photography, painting, drawing and sculpture, the artists elaborate the theme of “inversion”, which is present in a fundamental sense in their works and fulfils a critical role in relation to the present time.

Polygon Creative Empire presents its proposal for a (hitherto) fictive investment “megaproject” – Sissi Quartier

Kunsthalle LAB opens the 2019 season with Sissi Quartier. This is an interdisciplinary project by the Hungarian grouping Polygon Creative Empire, which comprises the artists Orsolya Bajusz and Virág Bogyó, the anthropologist Ágnes Patakfalvi-Czirják and the curator Kinga Lendeczki. Sissi Quartier is a continuation of Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange, a project premiered in May 2017 in the frei_raum Q21 exhibition space in MuseumsQuartier, Vienna.

What has Kunsthalle Bratislava prepared for 2019? /Plans and perspectives of KHB

This year, Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB) will offer an extensive and dynamic program featuring attractive domestic and international exhibitions, as well as other contemporary visual art projects. A total of 8 large and also small exhibitions at Kunsthalle LAB, accompanied by numerous educational and editorial outputs, the public online database of contemporary art will grow, and a number of external cooperations is planned.

Kunsthalle Bratislava Presents a New Project ARTBASE – database of contemporary Slovak art

The idea of an online database is premised on the original definition of Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB), as a Slovak centre of visual arts which also had the role of mapping and documentation of art, based on scholarly research. Having regard to the financial and operational difficulty of establishing and running a physical archive or library, KHB has come up with the new concept of a professional-standard online database.

OBJECTive

Kunsthalle Bratislava brings the year 2018 to a climax with an extensive exhibition, mapping the current state of 3D thinking on the Czech and Slovak visual art scenes. Vladimír Beskid’s curatorial project is presented on the centenary of the foundation of the 1st Czechoslovak Republic, and thus it celebrates a tradition, over one hundred years old, of objective art as a new medium. The opening will be held on Thursday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   

MILAN HOUSER: Connecting Point

Kunsthalle LAB presents a solo exhibition by the Czech visual artist Milan Houser, entitled Connecting Point. Viewers have previously been able to see his work at Colormetry, for example, his solo exhibition at the House of Art in Brno in 2016. Connecting Point is appearing as a complementary event to Vladimír Beskid’s curatorial project OBJECTive. The joint opening of both exhibitions will be held on Thursday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at KHB, first floor.

KARINA SMIGLA-BOBINSKI: ADA, Independent Performer

Kunsthalle LAB, in cooperation with White Night, the international festival of contemporary art, presents an interactive exhibition by the Polish-German artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ADA, which has previously been shown to viewers in Brazil, USA, Great Britain, South Korea and Russia. The opening of the exhibition, curated by the director of the White Night festival, Zuzana Pacáková, will be held on Thursday, September 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Eagles & Doves

In August Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB) will host a wide-ranging international exhibition entitled Eagles & Doves, which presents a selection of works by Slovak and German artists. The exhibition project came into being in cooperation with the Goethe Institut in Bratislava, which is celebrating 25 years of activity in Slovakia.

DAVID BÖHM – JIŘÍ FRANTA No One’s Going to Laugh!

Kunsthalle LAB presents a solo exhibition by the Czech artistic duo of Jiří Franta and David Böhm. They have worked in creative tandem since 2006, and during that time they have had numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. The launch of their latest exhibition, prepared specially for this space and curated by Pavel Švec, will be held on Wednesday July 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will continue until September 2, 2018.

MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

Kunsthalle LAB presents a surprising exhibition by the French writer, and also photographer, Michel Houellebecq. Viewers have been able to see his visual work e.g. in the Rester Vivant exhibition at the prestigious Palais de Tokyo in 2016. The launch of the Kunsthalle LAB exhibition, whose curator is Florence Bonnefous, will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will last until June 24, 2018.

Ilona Németh: EASTERN SUGAR

Kunsthalle Bratislava is opening a large-scale exhibition by the prominent Slovak artist Ilona Németh. Entitled Eastern Sugar, this is an exceptionally ambitious undertaking by local standards. The project developed as a collaborative effort involving a wider collective of artists and architects, with the curators, KHB director Nina Vrbanová and Leipzig-based curator Krisztina Hunya, taking overall responsibility.

Black and White Geometric Landscape by Esther Stocker

Kunsthalle LAB opens its autumn season, in collaboration with the White Night Festival, in an international spirit: with a solo exhibition by Esther Stocker, an Italian-born artist working in Austria. The launch of the exhibition, attended by its curator Zuzana Pacáková (who is also director of the festival, of which the installation forms part), will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m on Thursday October 6, 2016, shortly before White Night.

TOMÁŠ RAFA: Paradox of Tolerance

Kunsthalle Bratislava is opening a new solo exhibition in its “window gallery” Kunsthalle LAB. The exhibition is by Tomáš Rafa, whose works may already be seen by art-lovers in the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA PS1) in New York.

The launch of The Paradox of Tolerance, curated by Lenka Kukurová, will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run until April 15, 2018.  

Kunsthalle Bratislava Programme for 2018

Kunsthalle Bratislava has devised an exhibition plan for 2018, aiming primarily at international exchange and presentation of contemporary Slovak visual art, while giving it increased visibility abroad.

ŠTEFAN PAPČO: Psycho-vertical & SZILÁRD CSEKE: Fall by the Roadside

The year 2017 will be crowned in Kunsthalle Bratislava by two new exhibitions solemnly opened in one day. The first floor will be dedicated to an extensive project by Štefan Papčo, distinctive representative of modern sculpture in Slovakia. For the space Kunsthalle LAB, an interactive installation made-to-measure by Hungarian artist Szilárd Cseke is prepared. To his sympathisers, Cseke´s art is well known from the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia).

CARMELA GROSS: The Photographer

Kunsthalle LAB starts the autumn season with a solo exhibition of Carmella Gross, an internationally acclaimed artist from Brazil. Among other institutions, her works are also included in the collection of the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The opening of the exhibition curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti will take place on Wednesday, September 13, at 6 p.m. The exhibition will last until November 26, 2017.

ERIK ŠILLE: error

Kunsthalle Bratislava presents a solo exhibition of Erik Šille – one of the leading representatives of the boom of Slovak painting after 2000. The opening of the exhibition, which will take place on Thursday 13 July from 18:00 to 20:00 on the first floor of the building, will also include an introduction of the new monographic catalogue of the author. The exhibition entitled error curated by Laco Teren will last until  October 29, 2017.

STANO FILKO: 2037

Kunsthalle Bratislava presents a solo exhibition of the famous Slovak avant-gardist Stano Filko. The exhibition with the conceptual title 2037 held in  Kunsthalle LAB will honor the author in the symbolic event of his 80th birthday. The opening of the exhibition prepared by Nina Vrbanová (Chief Curator of KHB) will take place on Thursday, June 22, at 6 pm. The exhibition will be accessible to the visitors and passersby until August 27, 2017.

Like at Home, Possibility of Preserving

On 30 March 2017, Kunsthalle Bratislava will introduced two new exhibitions. In the central area it will be exposition entitled Like at Home, which presents the evolutionary transformations of the domestic sculpture of the 20th and 21st century through selected artworks by 12 Slovak artists. The Possibilities of Preserving is the title of the exhibition project by the art group APART collective.

OTO HUDEC: Archipelago

This year’s second exhibition in Kunsthalle LAB will present the project Archipelago by the Slovak multimedia artist Oto Hudec, whose artwork has been also cherished by the prestigious museum Centre Georges Pompidou as a part of their collections. The opening of the exhibition curated by Daniel Grúň will be held on Thursday, the 20th April, from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. The exhibition will run until June 11, 2017.

Absence versus Presence in the Space of Art

Kunsthalle Bratislava begins its 2017 exhibition year with an experimental international project titled INTO THE MU. To attend the exhibition space of Kunsthalle LAB, the curator of the project Elisa Rusca invited four artists active abroad.

LOOK WHAT IS BACK / The Slovak State in Contemporary Art

Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB) opens an exhibition on the reflection of the topic of the Slovak State in contemporary Slovak visual arts. The first floor of KHB will offer the visitors the works of more than twenty male and female artists, some of whom focus on the topic consistently.

Women's Art History according to Agnès Thurnauer in Kunsthalle LAB

Kunsthalle LAB completes this season’s gamut of international exhibitions with the presentation of Agnès Thurnauer, a French-Swiss female artist. An exhibition project titled Land and Language curated by Mira Sikorová-Putišová is the very first probe into the work of the artist in Slovakia. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, the 7th December 2016, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fear of the Unknown

The European refugee crisis we are facing at the moment is the most serious one since World War II. Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava is the first state cultural institution in Eastern Europe to prepare an exhibition on this topical theme. This international project, curated by Lenka Kukurová, presents established artists from abroad alongside prominent representatives of the Slovak scene.

Known in the whole world and almost unknown at home

Centre Pompidou in Paris and MoMa in New York have him in their collections. He was a Czechoslovak artist who achieved outstanding international success in his short life. Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava presents the First Retrospective of the conceptual artist Ján Mančuška, which is his first big exhibition in Slovakia. The exhibition opening will take place on November 12, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

What happens when two galaxies collide without any encounter?

The exhibition season of Kunsthalle LAB in Bratislava will be concluded with a solo show of Pavla Sceranková (*1980), a Slovak sculptor and current finalists of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. The opening of the exhibition entitled Collision of Galaxies is to be held on Thursday, 17 December 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition lasts until 14 February 2015.

When the initial laughter stops, reality steps in

“Contemporary art is nothing but a business, but we take it as a joke.” These are the words of Nika Oblak & Primož Novak, an artist duo exhibiting in Slovakia for the very first time. Kunsthalle LAB will host the opening of their show And Now For Something Completely Different 5 curated by Petja Grafenauer on Thursday, 5 November 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will last until 6 December 2015.