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Košická moderna

Date of event

18. 3. 2018 — 27. 5. 2018

Place of event

Alšova jihočeská galerie - Zámecká jízdárna

The art of the 1920s in Košice, known as Košická Moderna, represents an important chapter in the history of art not only in Slovakia, but also in Central Europe. After the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic, Košice, in an environment rich in different cultures and nationalities, found suitable conditions for the creation of many domestic and foreign personalities. Artists and artists from Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and other countries who had previously graduated in Budapest, Munich or Paris, and then found their place in other major European cities, were present here. The 1930s Košice were a regional, yet significant, avant-garde center like Paris or Weimar.


The main focus of the systematic and successful efforts to promote culture and the arts was the East-Slovakian Museum and, in particular, the personality of the director, Czech lawyer Josef Polák. He made the realization of numerous, especially art exhibitions. His initiative was also remarkable for the drawing of art courses, which the Budapest graphic designer Eugen Krón led in 1921-1923. The Krone School is home to the beginnings of many, later significant artists. Other domestic protagonists of Košice modern were Anton Jaszusch and Konstantin Bauer, and avant-garde artists Gejza Schiller, František Foltýn and Alexander Bortnyik were also present for a short time. Kosice was also visited and exhibited by leading Hungarian artists such as Károly Kernstok, János Kmetty, Béla Uitz and many others. An important influence on the art of the 1920s was also the work of Konstantin Kövári-Kačmarika (1882-1916), one of the first artists to formulate a program of modern art. "Variety of temperaments" (J. Polák) united the same social ideological platform as well as the common promotion of current stimuli of European modernity, individually modifying the influences of symbolism, expressionism, cubism, futurism and constructivism.

An important aspect of Košice modernity was thematic orientation on the urban environment with a significant social dimension. The rich traditions of the Košice art scene, culminating in the 1920s, were immediately followed by the painter's work by Július Jakoby and later by Juraj Collinásy (both of whom belonged to Krón School pupils), who stripped off the art of conventions and drew inspiration from the modern currents of European modernity.


Miroslav Kleban, curator of the exhibition for VSG

David Kubec, curator of the exhibition for AJG

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