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Taking your artistic order

STUDENTS of art departments opened an exhibition entitled Public Order at the capital's Pálffy Palace at Panská 19 on March 23. The display is part of a grant project for young curators initiated by the Bratislava City Gallery.
The project aims to support future exhibition organisers, the students of university art departments, and to stimulate their interest in managing work at the gallery.


ART students cater to public demand.
photo: Courtesy of the artists

STUDENTS of art departments opened an exhibition entitled Public Order at the capital's Pálffy Palace at Panská 19 on March 23. The display is part of a grant project for young curators initiated by the Bratislava City Gallery.

The project aims to support future exhibition organisers, the students of university art departments, and to stimulate their interest in managing work at the gallery. Each year the gallery will offer them a space to present the best project selected by a jury of experts, consisting of the gallery's curators and representatives of the participating university departments.

From the nine projects submitted this year, the jury chose the work of Katarína Hrdá and Tatiana Koššová, students from the History of Art and Culture Department at Trnava University. Their project deals with the relationship the lay public has with gallery institutions - in particular what attracts such viewers to enter houses of art. The two students aimed to create a work according to the public's taste, according to their "order", thus hopefully increasing their awareness of art.

The idea behind their project was driven by general disinterest in the contemporary Slovak art scene, as caused by the difficulty in interpreting individual works. The two curators first engaged in public research, asking around 80 passers-by what they would like to see in galleries. Then, students from the Bratislava University of Fine Arts - Dávid Baffi, Peter Beňo, Peter Krupa, Matúš Priehyba, and Erik Šille - created work based on their "orders".

The student exhibition Public Order, accompanied by a large video projection, will run until May 2.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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