14.08. – 11.09. 2008
Contemporary Norwegian and Slovak Art - Utstilling av norsk og slovakisk samtidskunst - Výstava súčasného nórskeho a slovenského umenia
Organisers: Slovak Union of Visual Arts and Association Graphica Norvegica
Curator by: Lýdia Jergušová-Vydarená Artists: František Blažo, Otis Laubert, Igor Minárik, Marián Mudroch, Róbert Makar
Curator by: Grete Marstein Artists: Ingela Adamson, Harald Fenn, Heidi Wexelsen Goksøyr, Tore Hansen, Marianne Haukebø, Hennie Ann Isdahl, Rita Marhaug, Elisabeth T. Medbøe, Øyvind Torseter
Curator by: Denisa Rakoský Artists: Erik Binder, Martin Derner, Jana Farmanová, Viktor Frešo, Svätopluk Mikyta, Andrea Pézman, Lenka Rajčanová, Martin Sedlák, Veronika Šramatyová
Under the Auspices of:
Mareka Maďarič, the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic
Jána Kubiš, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
H.E. Brit Løvseth, the Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Slovak Republic
Photos: Mária Baloghová
CONTACT – Contemporary Norwegian and Slovak Art belongs to such significant projects which support artistic dialogue among artists from different countries.
Contacts with world artists and organizing exhibitions was made possible thanks to the membership in the International Association of Art – UNESCO, in which on a platform of mutual discourses and stimuli such projects can be put forward and agreed.
The Slovak Union of Visual Arts thanks to its possibilities of using exhibition space on Dostojevského rad in Bratislava offered I.A.A.- UNESCO members common reciprocal exhibitions in certain time frames always in a dialogue of two countries.
The first exhibition of such kind is being held in August this year with Norwegian artists thanks to activities of Her Excellency Brit Lovseth, the Norwegian Ambassador to Slovakia as well. Upon selection of jury a collection of artworks from 23 visual artists was put together of whom 10 were Norwegian and 13 Slovak. The selection criterion focused on the topicality of artworks in the context of contemporary visual arts, quality and testimony value.
Exhibit organizors are aware of the pitfalls of such an exhibit based on diversity of national cultures, variety of genres and techniques. At the same time they hope it is this uniqueness that will enrich the visual arts scene in Slovakia and Norway.