Czech and Slovak women sculptors – Slovak National Gallery

I had an extra two days in Bratislava to explore. On the last day I chose to visit the Slovak National Gallery. Most of the gallery space was in the process of a major renovation but two galleries were open and free to visit.

On one floor was a collection of Slovak historical and religious painting and sculpture.

On the other floor was an exhibition of Czech and Slovak women sculptors. This was an amazing and very exciting find.

Several of the artists shown were really very timely with my current research. Eva Kmentova’s work immediately impressed me. Particularly human egg. A cast of her crouched body, a perfect negative of the space she inhabits. This had me captivated for quite a while, it was fascinating to trace the lines and curves of where her body had been. This memory of space resonated with my research and interest in impressions left from objects.

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Maria Bartuszova also approached space and empty space in her work.The ideas of something being and not being.

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Slovak National Gallery Bratislava June 2015

Another exciting addition to this exhibition was the inclusion of work by Kathe Kollwitz. She has been a long time favourite artist of mine because of her often harrowing portrayal of women’s suffering. Her addition to the exhibition wasn’t entirely clear to me as she is German and mostly know for her prints and drawings, but I was very pleased to be able to view this selection of her work.

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Slovak National Gallery Bratislava June 2015

Overall an utterly inspiring exhibition that I am very glad I did not miss.

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