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Milan Špak Lha Gyalo

Author, exhibition title: Milan Špak Lha Gyalo
Venue: Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2, Trnava
the Ján Koniarek Gallery /GJK/ in Trnava
Curator: doc.PaedDr.Martin Dojčár, PhD.
Opening: Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 18:00
Duration: 4.3.2014 – 27.3.2014


In March 2014 the Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava presents in the Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art an exhibition of works by Slovak artist Milan Špak.

Mgr.art. Milan Špak (born in 1977) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava (restoration of art objects on paper) and the Technical University of Košice (free creative studio of prof. R.Sikora). He currently attends doctoral studies in the field of Free Visual Arts at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica in the studio of prof. Ľ. Hološka. Since 2000 he has been exhibiting in Slovakia and abroad (the USA, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania).

Within the art scene, Milan Špak makes his way by emphasizing a contemplative moment of his own artistic production or its reception; by means of the language of art he aims to perceive or reveal or perhaps communicate as much as possible, a deeper dimension of the meaning hidden under a phenomenal layer of form and color. In the author´s concept, the “search for meaning” is more of a “touch of meaning” seen in the act of esthetic contemplation; he never tries to capture or appropriate it. He draws inspiration of the transcending movement of “uncovering the meaning” from the troubled history of statehood and culture of Tibet today. Against the background of the national trauma arising from annexation and genocide, in the face of loss of political, cultural and religious autonomy of the Tibetan people, he concept of meaning arises with particular urgency. However, rather than to the political plane, the author points to the personal plane of historical events, various parallels of which can be found in different regions, cultures and civilizations, e.g. recent Balkan conflict.
In Tibet, the national trauma becomes the personal trauma probably more often than anywhere else. From the outbreak of the political crisis in Tibet numerous personal crises ignited and flared the flame of self-sacrifice. 55 empty monk robes installed in the Synagogue are a reminder of the hundreds of Tibetan living torches who voluntarily sacrificed their lives since the bloody suppression of the Tibetan national uprising in 1959, as well as tens of thousands of nameless executed and tortured. Number 55 symbolically reminds of 55 years of absence of political, cultural and religious autonomy. The name of this installation, traditional Tibetan exclamation Lha Gyalo – Victory to the Gods - indicates that abandonment of perception of meaning may not be the final answer to the crisis, no matter whether it is political, cultural or personal. On the human level the crisis can become a stimulus to personal transformation, to conversion of life movement and perception of a deeper meaning of existence.

Opening of Milan Špak´s installation in the Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art of the Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Halenárska 2 will take place on 4 March 2014 at 18:00 and shall be associated with video projection and presentation of photographs taken during the author´s journey to Tibet. The exhibition runs until 27 March 2014.

doc.PaedDr.Martin Dojčár, PhD.


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