Exhibition plan

Exhibition plan for year 2020

Erika Szőke: Speculum mundi (Homework, housework and other meaning-producing activities)

Duration: January – February

Curator: Máté Csanda

Annotation: The exhibition Speculum Mundi presents a small cross-section of the latest work of Erika Szőke, with most of the exhibited works created in 2019. The author works predominantly in the medium of photography. She lives and works in Veľký Kýr (Nové Zámky District). 

March–June: the gallery is closed due to the spread of coronavirus and reconstruction—the project VIRTUGAL is being published on social media

VIRTUGAL: Iconic and Intuition

Duration: April 

Curator: Mgr. Art. Žofia Babčanová

Exhibiting artists: Žofia Babčanová, Vladimír Boroň, Michal Gajdoš, Tomáš Jančarík, Jaroslav Kormanec, Mário Nôta, Laura Šunová, Michael Wolf, Lukáš Lednický, Lukáš Červenec, Simona Glonská, Volodym Serhachov, Andrej Nagy

Annotation: The topics of iconicity and interaction in design and their consequent influence and impact on society are very contemporary and frequent. The collaboration of the Volkswagen group with the Studio of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava focused on applying these topics to the concepts of the vision of mobility in close as well as distant future. Žofia Babčanová presents her doctoral thesis focused on intuitive drawing in virtual reality.

VIRTUGAL: Found It Out

The AFAD’s graduates who were awarded the Rector’s Prize for their thesis.

Duration: May

Exhibiting artists: Mgr. Art. Nora Čanecká, Mgr. Art. Erika Daxnerová, Mgr. Art. Lucia Gamanová, Mgr. Art. Matúš Novosad

VIRTUGAL: Off Season

Duration: June

The works of students and PhD students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava created (or in the process of creation) during the quarantine and submitted to an open call of the gallery published on social networks. We are interested in the sources of inspiration and obstacles entailed by such situation.

Spot Fest

A presentation of short video spots created at MediaLab, Department of Visual Communication, AFAD.

Duration: July

We have decided to dedicate the summer months to the presentation of domestic school production—so interestingly diverse and often very innovative thanks to the students’ young point of view. The exhibition Spot Fest is kind of a summer festival—a showcase of short video spots created throughout several years as part of a series of workshops at MediaLab at the Department of Visual Communication AFAD. In their short animated videos, the students respond to different tasks, while humour and a touch of absurdity represent characteristic features in these projections.

The Interface of the Work

Duration: August

Exhibiting artists: Marek Burcl, Roman Mackovič, Mária Machatová, Zuzana Pustaiová

The exhibition The Interface of the Work is a selection of several doctoral works of the PhD candidates of different departments at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava on the occasion of their thesis defense. At the same time, each work has the character of a long-term research or analysis, which—in all the doctoral theses—focuses on the borderline or interface of different phenomena.

Savage Season

Duration: September

Curator: Linda Vondrová

Exhibiting artists: Philipp Kolychev, Šimon Sýkora

Annotation: In spite of different media approaches, in their works, both artists comment on the political reality that we live in. The project Savage Season loosely builds on Kolychev’s and Sýkora’s master’s theses, in which both of them focused on the topic of the fascization of society and normalization of violence.

The NOVUM Foundation: Illusion and Virtual Reality in Arts

Duration: October

Curator: Dr. Miroslav Haľák

Exhibiting artists: András Csefalvay, Jaro Kyša, Danica Pišteková, Katarína Poliačiková, Dorota Sadovská, Ján Šicko, Jaro Varga

Annotation: A series of thematic exhibitions and conferences organised by the NOVUM Foundation, focusing on the works of the competition’s finalists, will continue in 2020 introducing an exhibition, a conference and a publication on the topic of "Illusion and Virtual Reality in Arts". The selection of the works will link a traditional art history issue to its current metamorphoses under the influence of digital technologies. Accompanying events will complement art history and philosophical reflection on the topic.

Katarína Hládeková: Local Warming

Duration: October

Annotation: The project Local Warming is the newest authorial cycle of Katarína Hládeková, in which the artist eclectically interconnects the materiality of traditional artisanal products and the interface of social networks used for communication.

Let's talk about photography, the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava

Duration: November

Curatorial team: Miroslava Urbanová, Ľuboš Kotlár, Barbora Komarová, Ema Hesterová, Oksana Hoshko

Annotation: Next year, it will already be 30 years since the Department of Photography and New Media started to provide an educational process within the medium of photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Its concept has been changing over the years in many different ways, successfully combining the study of analogue and digital photography, new technologies and video.

Ludmila Hrachovinová: Participatory Presence

Duration: December

Annotation: In my exhibition project Participatory Presence, I will present my long-term interest in the medium of painting and its interconnecting with performance art and installation in the space. Through different approaches towards painting, I am searching for a way of its contemporary anchoring. The exhibition will consist of various regular performances during the duration of the exhibition.