We cordially invite you to the exhibition IT'S ABOUT CHAIRS in the Liptovská gallery P.M. Bohúň from 1 July 2024


  • Múzeum liptovskej dediny v Pribyline



Exhibiting artists:

  • Anton Čierny, Martin Derner, Ľudmila Hubová Machová, Peter Ilčík, Marek Kvetan, Denisa Slavkovská, Lucia Veselá, Gabriela Zigová


  •  Jana Babušiaková


  • Liptovská gallery P. M. Bohúň in Liptovský Mikuláš in the founding jurisdiction of the Žilina self-governing region


  • Liptovské múzeum


They can be luxurious or simple, historic or modern. We sit on them almost every day at home, at work or school or even at a garden party. The chair has been with us for a long time, it changes along with people, time and social status. It adapts to our body, but it often changes us, both physically and metaphorically.

The exhibition of the Liptovska gallery P.M. Bohúň "It's about chairs" is the entry of contemporary art into the historical premises of the Parisian mansion in the Museum of the Liptovská village in the Pribylina open-air museum. This time, the search for intersections between the old and the new focused on a dialogue with the historical furniture exhibition, specifically with sets of chairs that represent an overview of historical styles. During the summer season, they will be complemented by the works of seven contemporary Slovak visual artists who work with this particular piece of furniture. For them, the chair is not an accessory, but the main role in a painting, drawing, multimedia or object.

The group exhibition presents a shift in thinking about these objects from the level of applied art or design to contemporary art and will also present various artistic strategies working with the chair as an important phenomenon of the past and present. It is about the range of functions it offers us, but also about the many meanings that this piece of furniture evokes. Its swinging or "getting used to it" can indicate instability, if we focus on its ergonomic shape and wooden material, we will find out something about the relationship between living and non-living, bodily and made for the body. Even such an ordinary object as a chair can reveal relationships between people - it can be a symbol of power and a tool of discipline, but in pairs it becomes an archetype of dialogue and communication. The authors reveal these meanings in the most diverse types of common chairs from our recent past (the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century). Their works thus shift the historical optics of the furniture exhibition, complementing it with new contexts and perhaps also memories and experiences that we ourselves have had with similar objects. Do you recognize yours there too?


Jana Babušiaková