• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Mária Bartuszová

Mária Bartuszová developed organic sculpture, mastering biomorphic morphology, the principles of bionics, fundamental physical laws and their consequences. The “fluid” character of sculpting, “breathing” bio-architecture and the “repouring” of volumes were the essence of Bartuszová's visual thinking. As early as 1963, the casting of plaster in rubber (balloon-like) materials became her typical mode of working (the so-called “pneumatic shaping”). After 1962, Bartuszová concerned herself intensively with primary shapes and bioform “cells” (drop, rain, grain, sprouting). Later she created tactile sculptures, combining plaster with natural materials (branches, stones) and developing micro- and macro-structures with powerful inner tension. Beginning around 1984, she formed pure ovoid forms, whose perfect shapes were then visibly subjected to artistic interference, being squashed, deformed, bandaged. She molded open shell-like stigmatized forms with “negative volumes”, cavities and emptiness–“a small void full of a small endless universe.” Bartuszová’s organic, post-minimalist approach to sculpture brings to life a world of subtle, fragile and introverted sculptures, small shapes with strong psychological expression.



1936, Praha / CZ, at that time ČSSR – 1996, Košice / SK

Bartuszová studied Sculpture in the class of Prof. Otto Eckerdt at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Czech Republic). Between 1969 and 1970 the artist participated in the member exhibition of the Czechoslovak association “Concretist’s Club”. Since being exhibited at the documenta XII in 2007 Bartuszová’s work got international attention.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2014 “Maria Bartuszová. Provisional Forms." Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland 

2011 “Maria Bartuszová“, Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich, Germany

2008 “Negative Volumes“, Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich, Germany

2006 “Maria Bartuszová“, CC Centrum, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

2006 “The Path to Organic Sculpture“, Mestská Gallery, Rimavská Sobota, Slovak Republic

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2010 “Promises of the Past“, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2009 “Awkward Objects“, Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland                      

2009 “From plaster to chewing gum – Authors techniques“, Nitrianska Gallery, Nitra, Slovak Republic

2007 documenta XII, Kassel, Germany

2005 “Arta Slovaca 1960-2000“, National Museum of Art Romania, Bucharest, Romania

2003 “Exhibition of collection PSIS“, Východoslovenská Gallery, Košice, Slovak Republic

2002 “Slovak Visual Arts 1970-1985“, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Marta Dziewańska, ed. 2015. Mária Bartuszová : Provisional Forms. Warsaw: Museum of Modern Art.


Beskid, Vladimír. 2006. Mária Bartuszová. Curated by Vladimír Beskid. Rimavská Sobota: Mestská galéria Rimavská Sobota [Exhib. Cat., Štátna galéria Banska Bystrica (Mar.-Apr., 2006), Východoslovenska galéria Košice (Jun.-Jul., 2006), Mestská galéria Rimavská Sobota (Oct., 2006)]

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