About gal­le­ry

The Gal­le­ry of Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts resi­des in the ori­gi­nal buil­ding of the for­mer Slo­vak Artis­tic Club emer­ged in 1921.

In 1924 the Club announ­ced the com­pe­ti­ti­on on the pro­ject of the buil­ding that would ser­ve as a resi­den­ce of the Club and the pla­ce of its exhi­bi­ti­ons.

The win­ners were young Czech archi­tects Alo­is Balan and Jiri Gross­mann who wor­ked in Bra­ti­sla­va.

The func­ti­onal core of the buil­ding con­sists of the big exhi­bi­ti­on hall and the small exhi­bi­ti­on hall.

The buil­ding pre­sents a good mani­fe­sta­ti­on of archi­tec­tu­ral deve­lop­ment from clas­si­cism to moder­nism and func­ti­ona­lism. The entran­ce still has the tra­ces of arched deco­ra­ti­ons and the ves­ti­bu­le disp­la­ys hea­vy com­part­ment cei­ling. The big exhi­bi­ti­on hall, howe­ver, was cons­truc­ted from the sim­ple fer­ro­conc­re­te fra­mes and the glass-cove­red roof of fac­to­ry appe­a­ran­ce cre­a­tes its nort­hern cove­ring. The faca­des con­sis­ting of bare brick mason­ry remind ear­ly Dutch moder­nism. Des­pi­te the­se con­tra­dic­ti­ons the struc­tu­re appe­ars as a homo­ge­nous object. It beca­me sym­bo­lic cons­truc­ti­on cha­rac­te­ri­zing the begin­ning of modern archi­tec­tu­re in Slo­va­kia.

In 2004 — 2006 the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts rea­li­sed the lar­ge-sca­le res­to­ra­ti­on of the buil­ding. The res­to­ra­ti­on was rea­li­sed also thanks to the SPP Foun­da­ti­on and the Minis­try of Cul­tu­re of the Slo­vak Repub­lic.

Big exhi­bi­ti­on hall: 250 m²

Small exhi­bi­ti­on hall (“sto­ne-hall”): 80 m²