Healing through sculpture: Public presentation of Juraj Gavula's book

The Július Koller Society invites you to the Public launch of Juraj Gavula's book on 20.12. at 18:00 in the Emil cafe with the participation of the author.


Presentation of the book Healing Through Sculpture: Juraj Gavula and His Work for Architecture


Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 7 p.m.
café Emil, Mirbach palace (GMB)


A book monograph of our former colleague Juraj Gavula is published, entitled Healing Through Sculpture: Juraj Gavula and his work for architecture. The public presentation of the book will take place on 20.12. at 7 p.m. in the Emil cafe in the courtyard of the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB). The discussion with Juraj Gavula, architect Jindro Martin and curator Vladimíra Büngerová will be moderated by Martin Zaiček. At the same time, it will be possible to purchase the book directly on the spot and with the sculptor's signature.


Slovakia owes a debt to sculptors whose works complemented the architecture of housing estates, schools and hospitals. Hundreds of works of art were commissioned by the state at the time of massive socialist construction, and after the fall of the regime, they were left to decay and liquidation without a deeper reflection on the history of art. Juraj Gavula (1942) is one of the personalities whose contribution is valued by the next generation. The new book is the result of research by the sculptor's son and visual artist Matej Gavula in collaboration with art theorist Daniel Grúň. He presents the works of the sculptor at symposia and constructions from Bratislava to Galanta to Svidník near his native village of Čabiny. They are works of organic abstract shapes that did not fulfill the political requirements of socialist realism, but completed the surrounding environment - as the rich archive of photographs also shows. The bilingual Slovak-English book offers several probes into the extensive work of the author through the texts of other invited experts - Lucia Gavulová, Vladimíra Büngerová, Peter Medviď and Peter Szalay. The author of the graphic design is Aurélia Garová.


The creation of the publication was supported by the Fund for the Support of Art from public sources. Published by Black Holes and Július Koller Society.