The Bratislava City Gallery introduces its accompanying programme to the exhibition ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928’

For the first time the exhibition project ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928. Avant-gardes in the Central Europe’ presents the Central European avant-garde art comprehensively namely through the most significant tendencies and the most distinctive artists. An important part of it also creates various accompanying programmes prepared by the educational department of the Bratislava City Gallery.

Guided tours to the exhibition, lectures and special workshops will take place in Bratislava City Gallery during September and October 2019. The programme aims at different age groups as well as specific topics of the exhibition which is divided into twelve thematic chapters. All chapters of the international exhibition will be presented on the example of concrete artworks and artists of European avant-gardes during the guided tour which will be led by Anežka Šimková and Šárka Belšíková, curators of Olomouc of Art.


For parents on maternity leave there is prepared a workshop called ‘Visiting the gallery with a pram’. However seniors can look forward to the programme ‘Mysteries of art’. “The workshop ‘Visiting the gallery with a pram’ allows parents on maternity leave to visit the gallery with their children without a fear that children will disturb other gallery visitors. In relation to the exhibition topic, we want to introduce, for example, the genesis of so called successors’ states of Austro-Hungarian Empire, which significantly influenced the formation of modern Europe. The programme ‘Mysteries of Art’ will focus on the reflection of war experience, relationship of a man to the city and machine in painting and sculptures of the period. And of course, we will not forget about the typography,” said Vladimír Malast, lecturer at the Bratislava City Gallery.   


A fast machine is more beautiful than a statue displayed in the museum! This opinion was articulated by some artists at the time when their life was influenced by the appearance of machines. Workshops ‘Machine is beautiful’, prepared for families for children, or ‘Fashionably and fast’, organised for school children are dedicated to the topic. Moving with the times, that means to react without any hesitation on fast social changes and new trends, was also very important for the authors of magazines. That is why pre-school and school-age children will get to know the communication by means of visual language and the typography of the given period during the workshop ‘Once upon a time, there were magazines that…’.


The exhibition time frame is also coherent with the era of swing dances connected with very popular jazz music. Participants of special dance workshop ‘This is not swing’ will learn what dance styles were familiar to the inhabitants of Slovak towns in the period of 1908–1928.


A summer camp ‘Where is the art hidden?’ for children aged 7 to 13 created a part of the rich accompanying programme to the ‘Years of Disarray 1908–19208’ exhibition too. “The summer camp was organised the Bratislava City Gallery in cooperation with Kunstahlle Bratislava in August 2019. Directly in the exhibition a special game between paintings was prepared for children. In the atelier, there was a special workshop arranged for them too,” added Vladimír Malast.