Knowing – Seeing – Painting

International project of The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava

2. 3. 2019 – 26. 5. 2019

The Glass Factory – Glassmuseet i Boda, Boda glasbruk (SE) (SK)


Sylva Petrová, Palo Macho

Exhibited Artists:

Josef Divín (CZ), Žofia Dubová (SK), Paula Chrenková (SK), Dávid Kurinec (SK), Matej Lacko (SK), Kristína Ligačová (SK), Palo Macho (SK), Svätopluk Mikyta (SK), Petra Molnárová (SK), Ján Mýtny jr. (SK), Kazuschi Nakada (JP), Michael Rogers (USA), Zuzana Skalická (SK), Michaela Spružinová (CZ), Richard Szabados (SK), Ivana Šáteková (SK), Patrícia Šichmanová (SK).

The international exhibition presenting pieces of students and the university teachers, is designed as simple overview of the current situation in the field.  In AFAD Bratislava within the training curriculum the students are having chance to undertake courses run by Reader Palo Macho experimenting with various forms painting and drawing integrating into glass after 2010.

The teaching strategy  in the course is very sttimulating, open as well as liberal. Palo Macho comments: „Painting and drawing in and on glass necessarily require mastering glass craftsmanship and technique. The difference of the other forms of glass objects is that painting, drawing and photography on glass have to make students themselves following their own ideas. No glass mass can replace their value. Thus, students must constantly defend their position. Just as painting, drawing, graphics and photography on canvas or paper need to defend and confirm their place in contemporary art”…

Curators Palo Macho and Sylva Petrová entitled the show as  Knowing – Seeing – Painting which  describes the creative process of making modern forms  glass in the area.

The  process really begins when the topic (knowing) and the idea, i.e. the visual conception (seeing), are processed by the intellect. Thirdly can come a conclusion, which goes over the traditional way of thinking and the usual approach towards painting on glass. This approach is different, new and unconventional. And this is precisely the concept the exhibition is built on. Except of the students into the show was invited set of the internationally profiled teachers of glass programs from the USA, Finland-Japan, and the Czech Republic.

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue Knowing–Seeing – Painting (Glass as Canvas), published by AFAD in Bratislava (Slovakia) in Slovak, English, Czech language.