Sculptures roam free, are unlikely to stay

RELEASING sculptures from galleries, and placing them in parks and courtyards in closer contact with public, is the aim of the annual Sculpture and Object project that runs within the Bratislava Summer of Culture festival.
During its eight-year history, the exhibition has presented several hundred works by 220 international artists. Some sculptures have found a long-term place in Bratislava's open spaces, such as the works residing in the Grassalkovich garden.


RICHARD Keťko's work Mission Accomplished.
photo: Courtesy of Viktor Hulík

RELEASING sculptures from galleries, and placing them in parks and courtyards in closer contact with public, is the aim of the annual Sculpture and Object project that runs within the Bratislava Summer of Culture festival.

During its eight-year history, the exhibition has presented several hundred works by 220 international artists. Some sculptures have found a long-term place in Bratislava's open spaces, such as the works residing in the Grassalkovich garden.

"None of the sculptures will remain in Bratislava [after the exhibition closes] this year," said Viktor Hulík, the project's organiser.

"[To gain a permanent exhibit] depends on obtaining the necessary finances for creating such a sculpture specifically for Bratislava, which does not work every year. Only the young artists' enthusiasm and zeal enables us to hold part of the exhibition outdoors."

The ninth year of Sculpture and Object will be held outside at the courtyard of the Slovak National Gallery and the Grassalkovich Garden, and inside the Bratislava City Gallery, Z and Nova Galleries, Pálffy Palace, and the Polish Institute. The grand opening is at 20:00 on June 24 at the Z Gallery in Zichy Palace.

The exhibition will present works by 44 Slovak and foreign participants from Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Serbia, the Czech Republic, and the USA until August 29.

"This year holds a record in the number of participants as well as the scope of the exhibition. For the first time the Slovak National Gallery has joined the project, which means the exhibition is definitely placed among the top exhibition events in Slovakia," said Hulík.

Among the finest pieces at the exhibition, he says, will be the large-scale sculptures of young Slovak artists such as Richard Keťko, Radko Mačuha, and Peter Brunovský.

"For them, participation in this event is a motivating force to create a new large-format work every year. This exhibition, basically, creates the premises and conditions for the development of Slovak artistic sculpture."

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