Artists´ Club UMELKA

Club of Artists is cur­ren­tly under recons­truc­ti­on and the­re­fo­re not avaiab­le for rent.

The intro­duc­ti­on from the cata­lo­gue of Bien­na­le of Cre­a­ti­ve visu­al Arts. Fes­ti­ve ope­ning of the Club of Artists was a com­po­nent of ope­ning of Bien­na­le.

The tra­di­ti­on of the Bien­nial of Cre­a­ti­ve Visu­al Arts pre­sen­ting the mem­bers of the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts is still deve­lo­ping. This year the 2nd Bien­nial is being held. Nevert­he­less, we belie­ve that it has a futu­re. We hope that the Bien­nial is one of the right answers to the ques­ti­on of what the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts does for its mem­bers.

Natu­ral­ly, the­re are more right answers. Apart from orga­ni­sing exhi­bi­ti­ons, the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts is try­ing to resol­ve many ques­ti­ons con­nec­ted with the visu­al arts or with the legal and social posi­ti­on of artists. The Uni­on is an acti­ve mem­ber of the world orga­ni­sa­ti­on of visu­al artists IAA/AIAP – UNESCO, par­ti­ci­pa­tes in the solu­ti­on and in dra­wing up cons­truc­ti­ve pro­po­sals for the bene­fit of the who­le cul­tu­ral sphe­re wit­hin the Slo­vak Coali­ti­on for Cul­tu­ral Diver­si­ty, coope­ra­tes with the res­pec­ti­ve Slo­vak and fore­ign ins­ti­tu­ti­ons, and so on.

The­se are the major issu­es and natu­ral­ly, the list of cur­rent prob­lems would be long. Howe­ver, today we would like to draw atten­ti­on to a spe­ci­fic ambi­ti­on of the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts: what about doing somet­hing for ple­a­su­re? What about making the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts the pla­ce whe­re prob­lems could be resol­ved but also the pla­ce whe­re we can feel well and at home?

The Bien­nial of Cre­a­ti­ve Visu­al Arts should enab­le a regu­lar pre­sen­ta­ti­on and mutu­al awa­re­ness of con­tem­po­ra­ry work. Howe­ver, we would also like to cre­a­te spa­ce for the mutu­al unders­tan­ding of (not only) visu­al artists, for resu­ming com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, for dia­lo­gue bet­we­en gene­ra­ti­ons, a spa­ce enab­ling the over­co­ming of the bar­riers bet­we­en rat­her iso­la­ted groups of artists lac­king mutu­al con­tact, so cha­rac­te­ris­tic for the art sce­ne in Slo­va­kia in pre­vi­ous years.

The­re­fo­re, an integ­ral part of the ope­ning of the Bien­nial is the ope­ning of the Artists’ Club in the pre­mi­ses of the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts. More pre­ci­se­ly: to reopen the club after almost twen­ty years. It is sur­pri­sing that we do not even know exact­ly when and why the Club was clo­sed down. Per­haps we were so into­xi­ca­ted by the newly regai­ned fre­e­dom and democ­ra­cy, by the unan­ti­ci­pa­ted oppor­tu­ni­ties which ope­ned up for us that we did not even noti­ce it. It cea­sed to exist slo­wly, quiet­ly and incons­pi­cu­ous­ly…

Per­haps we felt – a litt­le naive­ly – strong enough, or we did not want to sha­re the new oppor­tu­ni­ties we “felt” in the air with any­o­ne. Appa­ren­tly, art is pri­ma­ri­ly indi­vi­du­al; it is cre­a­ted in the soli­tu­de of the stu­di­os (in con­trast to the work of the­at­re-makers who are used to rely­ing on tea­mwork). Eve­ry artist “pla­ys” par­ti­cu­lar­ly for him­self.

Yes, we are dif­fe­rent, and it is all right.

Howe­ver, we have again the pla­ce whe­re all artists are wel­co­me – not only visu­al artists and the mem­bers of the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts. The pla­ce whe­re we can meet and – in spi­te of many dif­fe­ren­ces – infor­mal­ly seek what con­nects us. The pla­ce whe­re we can – often in spi­te of vast­ly dif­fe­rent artis­tic con­cepts – seek the solu­ti­ons to basic “guild” prob­lems that wor­ry all artists. The pla­ce whe­re we can enjoy mee­ting our col­le­a­gu­es or friends and sha­re our joys.

Wel­co­me home friends.

Pavol Kral
Pre­si­dent of the Slo­vak Uni­on of Visu­al Arts