Albín Brunovský: Selection of graphic works

4 September 2020 - 31 January 2021

Albín Brunovský: Selection of graphic works / Albín Brunovský: Výber z grafického diela

Place Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo, Bratislava, Slovak republic, SLOVAKIA
Organizer Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
More info http://www.danubiana.sk

Albín Brunovský, the most important Slovak graphic artist and illustrator, brought a special combination of reality, dream, fantasy, as well as color etching and aquatint technique perfection to our fine art. His graphic and painting work featured the consistent polarity of reality and the mysteriousness of imagination, which was always associative in his works through the logical combining of un-combinable phenomena. This imagination was emphasized by the sensual experience of the artist, sensibility and lyrism, as well as the poetizing of the most ordinary relations of man and nature. His artwork was influenced by certain forms of Surrealism and historical transformations of Fantasy Realism which he developed in his peculiar fantasy-imaginative pictorial world that favored brilliant drawing and an abundantly developed imagination. His stay at the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome also had great impact on his work.
In addition to painting and free graphic work, he did illustrations for children’s and adult books. He illustrated his first books for children as a student in 1958, and by the 1960s his book illustrations won many international awards, such as the Biennial of Graphic Arts Prize in Lugano, Italy, the City of Paris Award at the Youth Biennial and the Biennial of Graphic Arts Prize in Krakow, Ljubljana, Varna and Venice. Brunovský intentionally left something unfinished in his works which imbued them with a touch of mystery and even mysticism. His metaphors, intimate memories and allegories created a dreamy, fantasy and unreal impression. This is because he freely used iconographic attributes and layered citations and symbolism from various historical periods.
He exhibited at prestigious galleries all over the world, but particularly noteworthy were his many solo presentations at institutions such as Musée de la ville de Paris, the Jacques Baruch Gallery in Chicago, Galerie Wiegand in Cologne and the East West Shop in New York.

Dagmar Kudoláni Srnenská