Otis Laubert’s work and collection exhibited at Galéria 19

THE RELATIVELY small, private Galéria 19 in Bratislava has decided to do something fairly atypical: it is presenting a vast overview of the work of Slovak artist Otis Laubert.

THE RELATIVELY small, private Galéria 19 in Bratislava has decided to do something fairly atypical: it is presenting a vast overview of the work of Slovak artist Otis Laubert.

The first in a series of four exhibitions took place in December and it presented the earliest of Laubert’s works, mostly unknown to public. On January 3, the exhibition of his collection comprising works of other artists opened in the space on Lazaretská Street 19, and it will last until January 20. Afterwards, two more exhibitions will be offered there, showing his complete work.

Otis Laubert, born in 1946 in Valaská, lives and works in Bratislava. He graduated from the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava and since 1975 has dedicated himself to art. Laubert focuses on creating various objects and installations, using a variety of artefacts as the basis for the creation of complex compositions. Apart from Slovakia, his work has also been exhibited in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands, the TASR newswire wrote.

The most recent exhibition shows the works of other contemporary – mainly Slovak – artists that he managed to acquire over the years. Although the works do not have English texts, that may not be crucial to appreciating them. What might be helpful, however, and what might complete the exhibition, would be some information about how Laubert acquired the pieces.

The exhibition’s curator Marian Meško wrote in the accompanying bulletin: “A photograph of a female torso by Vilém Reichman called V Osídlach (In the Snares) which was also exhibited in this gallery within the Month of Photography, was bought by a private collector at an auction in Vienna six years ago, for almost six thousand euros. At that time, another occasional private collector, Otis Laubert, acquired an aquarelle of a female torso from a relative of sculptor Jaroslav Kočiš for 140 Slovak crowns. This shows that the ways of art are magic and unfathomable.”
By Zuzana Vilikovská

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