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A gallery grows in the streets

NINE new artworks have been added to Bratislava's pavement exhibition Tribute to Central Europe located in front of the Mirbach Palace on Františkánske námestie.
Subtitled Pavement as a Symbol of Crossroads, the display was curated by Ladislav Snopko with the support of Ivan Jančár, the director of Bratislava's City Gallery. Together with partner organisations in Hungary and Austria, they selected three artists from each country to leave their marks on the streets of the capital.
Among this year's acquisitions are cobblestones with designs of a prehistoric or mythological bird by Milan Lukáč, a broken geometrical pattern by Viktor Hulík, and Tamás Kopasz's plate with the names of the three cities written in different typographical styles. The conditions for the artworks were size (30x50 centimetres), material (bronze or stone), and they had to be flat so pedestrians would not stumble over them. There were no restrictions as to the theme portrayed.


PAVEMENT stone by Slovak Milan Lukáč.
photo: Ladislav Sternmüller

NINE new artworks have been added to Bratislava's pavement exhibition Tribute to Central Europe located in front of the Mirbach Palace on Františkánske námestie.

Subtitled Pavement as a Symbol of Crossroads, the display was curated by Ladislav Snopko with the support of Ivan Jančár, the director of Bratislava's City Gallery. Together with partner organisations in Hungary and Austria, they selected three artists from each country to leave their marks on the streets of the capital.

Among this year's acquisitions are cobblestones with designs of a prehistoric or mythological bird by Milan Lukáč, a broken geometrical pattern by Viktor Hulík, and Tamás Kopasz's plate with the names of the three cities written in different typographical styles. The conditions for the artworks were size (30x50 centimetres), material (bronze or stone), and they had to be flat so pedestrians would not stumble over them. There were no restrictions as to the theme portrayed.

Snopko came up with the concept in the late 1980s, but during the communist era it was impossible to place the artworks in the pavement. So the objects were only exhibited as designs on paper. The project in its current form started in 2000.

Each of the participating artists will have his or her work built into the pavements of the Hungarian city of Györ and Graz in Austria, in addition to Bratislava. Graz is the European Cultural Capital for 2003, and its participation in the Tribute to Central Europe project is one of many events happening in the city this year.

- Saša Petrášová

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