opening: 10.07.2014, h.19.00
10.07.2014 – 18.09.2014 (summer break 1 - 31 August)
The Gallery Apart,
Via Francesco Negri, 43 Rome
The On The Stage exhibition will present three Slovak artists focusing on the relationship between perception of an artwork, the spectator and the stage, representation and the related difficulties.
The main topic of works by András Cséfalvay include presentation of human ambitions, tendency towards saving the mankind, messianism, fallen heroes, inability to fulfil ambitions, and the emptiness of heroic deeds. These topics often appear in classical operas. András Cséfalvay will exhibit Maquette/Maketa – the work for which he received the 2009 Oskár Čepan Award, and one which is even today still among his most distinct works. This artist often utilises music in his works, even having recently released his own music album. The main protagonist of this work – a maquette of an opera – is András Cséfalvay himself, with the pivotal topic being his ambition to create a monumental epic opera, with a symphonic orchestra, epic stage design and everything else that it takes.
Maquette/Maketa is a model of an opera, consisting of three video-projections evoking an opera scene. On the sides of a U-shaped dark drapery, he projects static images of empty theatre loges, while the core of the projection – a sketch of an opera opus – takes place in the centre. The video, in which the author fully takes on the role of the main author, composer, director, musician, singer and actor, tells about several unfinished operas, with the individual parts being illustrated by the proposed musical and visual motives. The key storyline of the cycle presents the main protagonist in the centre of attention. In his story, we perceive his constant attempts to succeed and his consequent failures. András Cséfalvay is interested in opera mainly as in a Gesamkunstwerk – and creating it is supposed to prove his success, his achievement of a lifelong goal. The work is a maquette, and although it does work on its own as a standalone work of art, it also draws attention to the fact that an opera actually does not need to be ever finished.
Ilona Németh will present a monumental site-specific installation entitled Auditorium/Hľadisko, alluding to self-referencing, disturbing the roles of spectator and actor. A metal construction with plastic chairs resembling an open-air stadium. The interior construction akin to a scaffolding does not make up an independent statue, since it is always adjusted to the actual exhibition premises. This aggressive and at the same time fascinating construction, with its own rhythm and repetitive character, also suggests the motive of an echo, the impossibility of a dialogue, a stalemate situation. Among other things, the project also refers to the currently complicated power relations within the institutions of contemporary art in the Central-European domain. In a similar way as András Cséfalvay's opera, Ilona Németh's project is about balancing on the edge between success and failure.
The video entitled Small Odyssey II (2011) by Zuzana Žabková is an introvert contemplation about the means of expression, about emptiness, and in a similar way as the other works, also about the possible failure. The video captures a play on piano, but the music instrument is not producing any melody; all we hear is the gentle sound of fingers touching the keys. The video is a specific choreography for hands. Young artist Zuzana Žabková is known for specifically combining contemporary choreography, dance, and visual arts. She focuses on video art, video-performance, choreography, installation, sound-art, and their derivatives. In her works, she often manipulates the definitions of “today's usual utopias”. By means of an experiment, she gains overview of the variability of the given definitions, thus learning together with the audience from her own mistakes. Perhaps also for a better future.
EXHIBITION DURATION: 10/07/2014 – 18/09/2014 (summer break 1 - 31 August)
EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS: Monday/Friday , 3.00 – 7.00 p.m. and by appointment (summer hours)
WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF: The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
SUPPORT AND COOPERATION: Istituto Balassi Accademia di Ungheria in Roma; Pilot; Studio Cipriani Locardi.
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