4 September 2020 - 25 October 2020

JOZEF JANKOVIČ - Returns / Jozef Jankovič - Návraty

Place Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo, Bratislava, Slovak republic, SLOVAKIA
Organizer Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
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Sculptor Jozef Jankovič was one of the artists and people behind the foundation of Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. He fought for the creation, development and continuation of the museum because he claimed that every new site for visual arts was a plus for Slovakia. He held exhibitions here several times (his sculptures from 1985 – 2010 in 2010) and some of his works belong to the permanent exhibition of the museum. By this exhibition in the “heart” of Danubiana, we want to commemorate his exceptional artistic persona. We start our remembrance before 1989 when he returned to what he loved most – to sculpting – after normalization and a period of involuntary creative isolation. He created a sculpture installation called E.U.R. (1988) at the time. A fatefully dark anamnesis of the reality of that time unravels in front of us on pedestals made of interchangeable Euro pallets (E.U.R. was a corporate abbreviation for wooden constructions used to transport goods). We see raw remnants of “semi-finished human products” – heads with mouths plastered with steel foil tape, seemingly impersonal casts of legs and arms, flags, piles of newspapers, boxes, superfluous civilization (and ideological) waste. Monsters known from his figurative, anthropomorphic architectures cycle are transformed into victims, silent anonymous crowd easy to manipulate and trade with, anything can be sold... Ideals, ideas, dreams, illusions, disillusions. Jankovič argues with the idea of monumental iconoclasm to which he also fell victim. He shows us what can happen to a figure on a pedestal or with a monument, an “ego” worthy of worship, points out the absurd situations that can arise. More than thirty years have passed since the creation of these works and we now have a different historic experience than when they were created. However, interpreting any artwork is an open question and the work itself can gain other, completely unexpected meanings. Jankovič’s sculptures and drawings keep reminding us that there are still many things, situations and phenomena turned upside down and falsely put on a pedestal...