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Sculptures seize the castle

THE STEEL sculpture by American artist Betty Gold in the presidential Grassalkovich garden may have offended ex-President Rudolf Schuster, but today it is a welcome reminder of Sculpture and Object 2002.

THE STEEL sculpture by American artist Betty Gold in the presidential Grassalkovich garden may have offended ex-President Rudolf Schuster, but today it is a welcome reminder of Sculpture and Object 2002.

For decades, this project organized within the Summer of Culture festival has brought dozens of sculptures close to observers. Now it no longer leaves a permanent mark on the city.

"I would be happy if we could hold a workshop before the project, during which the invited artists would create works that would permanently remain here," says the project's chief, artist Viktor Hulík.

The 10th year of Sculpture and Object will exhibit more artists and works than usual. "In 1996, when the project started, it was a small exhibition of 13 Slovak artists. Gradually it has grown into a large, regularly held event," Hulík recalls.

This year, visitors can encounter large works, from classical sculptures to video installations, by 50 artists from 13 countries. They will be on display at a new venue - Bratislava castle - as well as six local galleries and cultural institutions.

The artists come from not only neighbouring countries but also from as far away as Cyprus and the US. Altogether, 120 works will be exhibited. Among them are pieces by the world-renowned Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri and others by his fellow countrymen.

"Swiss artists are not new to the project, but this is the first time we have a chance to see Swiss art to such an extent," says Hulík, adding that foreign artists import a new point of view into the local sculpture scene.

Sculpture and Object opens June 29 with a marathon opening that starts at the Polish Institute at 17:00, and opens every next hour at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Komart and Nova galleries, Bratislava City Gallery, Gallery Z at Zichy Palace, and culminates at Bratislava castle at 21:00.

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