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Miloš Balgavý: POTTERY

art and design

Author, exhibition title: Miloš Balgavý: POTTERY /art and design/
Venue: Koppel villa GJK, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curator: Dana Janáčková
Opening: 30 November 2010 at 6 p.m., Koppel villa GJK
Duration: 30.11.2010 – 30.1.2011


Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava in cooperation with the Zahorie Gallery in Senica prepared an exhibition of the works of art of a pottery-maker Miloš Balgavý at the occasion of his 85th anniversary in memoriam. The effort was crowned with the fact that the author, who is also known abroad, presented his independent retrospective collections to native audience only in his home in Zahorie and in Trnava, where he spent most of his life. After 14 years the artist enters by the presentation of his works of art into an open domestic scene by means of a retrospective view and moreover, accompanied by latest extensive monographic publication. The highest quality artifacts from every area of the authors’ rich and wide scope program narrowly filter the memories. His unfolded chords tirelessly passed on principal melodies of original creative impulses for forty-five years. There are utility and decorative provenience works of small, medium and large dimensions for both interior and exterior. In this program there is a permanent place for pottery designer’s creation and he converted many of these works of art of into mass prototypes. Wide scope of genres but predominantly ideological scope of Miloš Balgavý still reminds of his essential attitude modeled sculpturally - plotted, supported by the elegance of flowing pure lines, appropriate selection of surface finish and precise colouring. Creative invention and artistic dexterity of the pottery maker Miloš Balgavý thus embedded an unforgettable impression to our ceramic scene.
Dana Janáčková



Miloš Balgavý sr. /7th November 1925 Malé Leváre – 28th September 1999 Trnava/
Education: 1942 – 1944 Slovak State Professional Ceramics School in Modra with Ceramic and Brickmaker Department, 1946 – 1950 College of Artistic Industry, 1950 – 1954 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Sculpture (Prof. Jozef Kostka, Prof. Rudolf Pribiš, Prof. Fraňo Štefunko).
Realized works in architecture and composition 1960 – 1989 (selection): Jelšava, Liptovský Mikuláš, Košice, Banská Bystrica, Trenčín, Senica, Hlohovec. Honours: in the artist’s personal files a honour has been preserved – A Honorable Mention by the Rectorate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava as of 21st June1953.
In the collections: SNG Bratislava, Western Slovakia Museum in Trnava, Zahorie Gallery Senica, Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, GMAB Trenčín, Novohrad Museum and Gallery Lučenec, private collections in the Slovak and the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.


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