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Albín Brunovský

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(*1935, Zohor - 1997, Bratislava)

painter, printmaker, sculptor, jeweler

1951 – 1956 graduated from High School of Applied Arts in Bratislava (prof. R. Fila, arranging - exhibitions)
1956 - 1961 study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Department of Monumental Painting (prof. Kresila J., I. Vychlopen and E. Lehotská)
Great influence on his work resided at the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome

Author was one of the most important Slovak graphic designers and illustrators of the late 20th century. He was representative of imaginative realism, which he connects with irony. In addition to painting and devoted himself to free graphics and illustrated books for children and adults. He was painting on wood, and in graphic works he often used technique of color etching and aquatint.

Human loneliness and solitude are frequent themes of his works. It is possible to interpret them on several levels and he always intentionally retains something unanswered which causes mystery of his works. We can find there ironic metaphors, intimate memories and historical allegory as well. His paintings remind us dreams and this impression of unreality is reinforced by intentionally naivistic figures. In his expressive visual language, he parodies and mocks the past and current stories and he also refers to the famous iconographic attributes. Author freely uses and layers citations and symbolics of different cultures and historical periods.


Selection of individual exhibitions:

1964 Graphik, Ladengalerie Berlin, Germany
1967 Grafika, Dům Pánů z Kunštátu Brno, Czech Republic
1967 Graphik Ausstellung Viedeň, Austria
1968 Albín Brunovský – Milan Laluha, Galerie Théatre Ženeva, Switzerland
1969 Graphique, Musée de la Ville de Paris, France
1977 Albín Brunovský – Vladimír Gažovič, Jacques Baruch Gallery Chicago, U.S.A
1981 Graphique, Paris–Nimes, France
1984 Graphic Work, Kristianstadt, Norway
1984 Book Graphics, Utrechte, Netherland
1986 Národní umělec Albín Brunovský, Malba, grafika, ilustrace, Národní galerie Praha, Czech Republic
1987 The Fantastic World of Albín Brunovský, East West Shop New York, U.S.A
1987 Graphic Work, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee, Great Britain
1989 In Praise of Troubled Dreams, Cleveland Museum, U.S.A
1992 Overzicht van 25 jaar grafiek, Kunstcentrum Hof ten Doeyer Nederzwalm, Belgium
1992 Graphic Work, Galleria do Forni Benátky, Italy
1995 Graphique, Assotiation Musée d’Art Contemporain Chamalieres, France
1996 Teatrum Mundi, Slovenská národná galéria Bratislava, Slovakia
1997 Memorial exhibition of Albín Brunovský, Akuti, Japan
1998 Ex libris 1970-1995, Slovenský inštitút, Budapešť, Hungary
2004 Grafika A. Brunovského v Lyre Pragensis, Lyra Pragensis, Praha, Czech Republic
2004 Kompletné grafické dielo, GMB, Pálffyho palác, Bratislava, Slovakia

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