ON THE night of November 10, prominent Slovak artist Milan Laluha died, one day before his 83rd birthday. Born in Tekovské Lužany, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and later founded the famous Mikuláš Galanda group in 1957 (which existed until 1968). Later he lived in Dolná Mičiná, Martin and Bratislava.
In the toughest period of communism, in 1972, he was excluded from the Slovak Association of Visual Artists, which effectively meant his work was banned from exhibitions and auctions. However, the ban was never strictly followed. His work was exhibited not only in Slovakia, but also abroad, including Prague, Budapest, Osaka, Cologne and the Venice Biennial, the TASR newswire wrote.
Laluha’s work reflects development and progress in the means of expression and style, while also containing special characteristics that made it unique and recognisable. He died on the day when an exhibition of his lesser-known works was to end; however, it was extended an extra day until late evening hours, and people flocked to see nearly 150 of his works in the Bratislava City Gallery. The book Milan Laluha - I Have Discovered a Motive, published shortly before his death, comprises several decades of his creations.
18. Nov 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská