Prints by Juraj Bartusz, Viktor Hulík, Jozef Jankovič, Jürgen Messensee, A. R. Penck, Fabrizio Plessi, Rudolf Sikora, Antoni Tàpies and Emilio Vedova.
Krokus Gallery is pleased to invite you to the exhibition of prints that brings together major and established Slovak and international artists whose works have been shown and included in a number of galleries at home and abroad. Among the works on show will be the prints by: Juraj Bartusz, Viktor Hulík, Jozef Jankovič, Jürgen Messensee, A. R. Penck, Fabrizio Plessi, Rudolf Sikora, Antoni Tàpies and Emilio Vedova.
Even if prints are not a major medium for any of the presented artists, their domain is in a sculpture, object, installation or painting, it still plays an important role in their works. Seen as the traces, records, preliminary sketches, commentaries or just supplements of their larger projects all displayed works nevertheless develop the language of this art in new ways. Their authors simply research and confront the Graphics art with a playful innovation.
Juraj Bartusz (born in 1933 in Kamenín) came to attention at the beginning of 60´s soon after graduating from a sculpture at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. With his spacetime sculptures based on the forms chosen randomly from computer-generated curves he became one of the pioneers of the Early Computer Art in Slovakia. Apart from sculpture the author has experimented with a wide range of media including video or installation, in the frame of Conceptual, Action and Enviromental art. At the beginning of 80´s he started working on his series of time-limited paintings that are the results of a careful preparation and timing. Within this work the author explores a gesture and a concentration in a given time and space. This approach was later extended to objects and prints as well. Juraj Bartusz work has been shown extensively both at home and abroad (Museé Rodin, Paris in 1968, Venice Biennale in 1977 and 1999, Centro international de la Cultura Mexiko in 1981 or EXPO Sevilla in 1992). In 2004 the author was awarded Munkácsy Prize. He established and still is the head of the Studio of Free Creativity at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Košice.
Viktor Hulík (born in 1949 in Bratislava) graduated in 1974 from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. The ecological problems have influenced his work from the 70´s, as E.Trojanová puts it, “the duality of nature and culture is the core of Hulík work”. He approaches these issues with a language of geometry and a strict composition deconstructing a traditional picture. Ranging from painting, collage, serigraphy, mobile object or computer graphics his work seeks to uncover the processual character of the work with its change, dynamics and order. In 1990 he received a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York. In 1996 he founded an international exhibition of Sculpture and Object. In 1999 he became a member of the Club of Concretists, in 2001 the author became a member of an international association MADI. His work has been shown at many exhibitions including Austria, Germany, Denmark, USA, Mexico, France, Belgium or Hungary.
Jozef Jankovič (born in 1937 in Bratislava) studied figurative sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He started exhibiting his work in the late 60´s at home and abroad as well (the “Biennale de Paris in 1969, presenting young creativity, Venice Biennale in 1970 and then again in 1995). His installation “Great Fall” from 1968 shows already his engagement with a human figure or better to say with its void fragments. Be it heads, legs or arms or their omission they all invoke a grotesque side of human life. Unfortunately, the era of normalization did not allow Jankovič to continue his work in monumental sculpture, so he turned instead into small-scale work, like drawing, prints or jewel. As one of the first artists in Slovakia he started to work with computer graphics as soon as in the 70´s. In 1983 he was awarded Herder Prize. His teaching includes a post of a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and after the revolution in 1989 a post of the first chancellor of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. His monumental sculptures can be seen in La Défense in Paris or in Olympic park in Soul, to name just a few.
Jürgen Messensee (born in 1937 in Vienna) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. From 1973 until 2000 he was a member of a Vienna Secession group. His art takes the form of expressive line and boldly contrasting colours and is inspired by Art Informel, Abstract Expressionism and Tachisme. Within his works the author explores a dark side of Western rationality incorporating irrational moments with absolute freedom and spontaneity in his paintings and prints. His one-man shows include exhibitions in Amsterdam, Basel, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Salzburg or Zurich.
A. R. Penck (born in Dresden in 1939 like Ralf Winkler) is one of the foremost exponents of the new figuration painting of the second half of the 20th century. Being dismissed several times by Art Academies in Dresden and Berlin he started to work as a self-taught artist in the media of painting, sculpture, film and music. His large-scale paintings with a pictographic imagery remind us pre-historical cave paintings but in fact they represent structures of contemporary world. After leaving GDR in 1980, his work started to be shown at major international exhibitions such as famous Venice Biennale or Kassel Documenta. In 1988 he was appointed professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf.
Fabrizio Plessi (born in 1940 in Reggio Emilia, Italy), a major Italian artist and a pioneer of a video installation is one of the Europe foremost video artists. Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice Fabrizio Plessi has become known mainly for his grand scale sculptural enviroments representing water in which he integrated traditional materials used in Arte Povera such as stone or wood with modern electronic technologies. His pieces represent archaic motifs with the help of high-tech and their defining characteristic is the presentation of reality mixed with a virtual world. His work has been shown extensively all over the world including exhibitions at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Fondazione Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Kassel Documenta or Venice Biennale.
Rudolf Sikora (born in 1946 in Žilina) is a foremost figure of a Slovak Conceptual and Action Art hosting a famous “The First Open Studio” in 1970 at his Bratislava home at Tehelná street (19.11.1970). His work from seventies is highly motivated by his interests in the timeless questions of cosmology and ecology. The author follows the discussions in the different spheres of philosophy, mathematics, physics, astronomy together with art theory and artistic practice. His simplistic visual vocabulary is full of complex, cultural references that Sikora works try to re-interpret, transform and argue with. With various signs such as diagrams, pyramids or mounds the author reflects life and death cycle but also its secret. In his installations, objects and prints Sikora pursues the theme of Russian avant-garde, ideology and revolution. His work has been shown throughout the world in Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Vienna, New York, Washington, Mexico, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest etc.
Antoni Tapiés (born in 1923 in Barcelona) is considered to be the most important figure of a Spanish Art Informel. In the middle of the 50´s in his early years he moved from surrealism to non-figurative abstract painting. Central to his work is the exploration of material, texture and surface, he often uses sand in his colours to get the texture-filled surface. In his collages and assemblages Antoni Tapiés uses everyday objects but his work must be seen on the contrary to pop-art as it is ritualistic and meditative in character. His first lithographies appeared at the end of the 50´s. The author has exhibited at almost all major world art exhibitions. He has participated in the Venice Biennale on several occasions in 1952, 1954, 1958 and 1993, in Kassel Documenta in 1959, 1964, 1968 and 1977. Antoni Tapiés work has been included in the major art museums and galleries throughout the world, in Guggenheim Museum, Tate Museum, or MoMA to mention but a few most important.
Emilio Vedova (1919 – 2006) born in Venice, is considered one of the most important figures of Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel in Italy. His gestural and automatic painting sought to express dynamic and spontaneity. In 1961 he started to work on a series of spatial objects-paintings called „Plurimi“. In the 80´s he created among others circle and oval wooden paintings that are displayed randomly in an exhibition space. At the XXXth Venice Biennale in 1960 he was awarded the Grand Prize, thirty seven years later he received there a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. In 1993 he became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
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