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Sotheby's to raise money for Slovak art

THE FOUNDATION - Centre for Contemporary Arts is joining resources with renowned auction house Sotheby's to hold this year's benefit auction in support of contemporary Slovak visual arts. The event takes place at the Design Factory on October 24.

THE FOUNDATION - Centre for Contemporary Arts is joining resources with renowned auction house Sotheby's to hold this year's benefit auction in support of contemporary Slovak visual arts. The event takes place at the Design Factory on October 24.

In all, 85 works by 62 Slovak artists will be up for sale. Potential buyers and the general public can see them on display at the Design Factory starting October 17.

The auction's curators, Alexandra Kusá and Lucia Gregová, chose works that reflect the trends in Slovak visual art over the last four decades. Each piece is of high artistic and material value.

Poetics of Descriptive Geometry, an oil on canvas and wood by Rudolf Sikora from 1968, is the most valuable work on the list, with an expected auction price of Sk250,000 (€7,440).

Other highlights include an experimental film by Vlado Havrilla, a joint painting by Denisa Lehotská and Boris Ondreička, and a collection of contemporary design by Ján Čalovka and Sylvia Jokelová.

This marks the first time a design collection will be auctioned in Slovakia.

Other famous names on the list of contributing artists include Dorota Sadovská, Zora Palová, Vladimír Popovič, Július Koller, Julián Filo, Jozef Srna, and Juraj Meliš.

The artists will allocate as much as 40 percent of the proceeds from the auction to the foundation's grant programme, which supports projects by professional visual artists.

In the four years it has existed, the auction has helped the foundation support 28 exhibition projects and publish 29 catalogues dedicated to Slovak contemporary visual arts.


By Jana Liptáková

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