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Art Research Centre of SAS

The Contexts of Slovak and Czech Visual Art in the Latter of the 20th Century Illustrated by Selected Neo-avant-garde Tendenciesd

Kontexty slovenského a českého výtvarného umenia v druhej polovici 20. storočia na príklade vybraných neoavantgardných tendencií

Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Bartošová Zuzana Ph.D.
Annotation:The grant critically focuses on the established form of the period of the second half of the 20th century of Slovak and Czech art history. More profound research with attention to lesser-known artists' programmes and with the help of classical methodological procedures will attempt an innovative interpretation of the given issue, in which the context of dating and publication of specific artworks will be important, taking into account the different specifics of the cultural and social situation in each part of the country. In particular, it will clarify the contribution of individual personalities of the alternative or unofficial art scene, which was formed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic during the so-called normalisation. In recent years, it has been the focus of attention not only of domestic but also of foreign researchers, while many connections remain hidden, often creating a false image of our recent past that marginalizes some of the concrete authors, with the exception of those who have been accepted by the international scene and art market.

At the Castle and underneath

Na hrade a v podhradí

Duration: 1.7.2023 - 30.6.2027
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr., Mgr. Art. Hodásová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:The project "At the Castle and underneath" represents an attempt by historians and art historians to construct, in a mutual interdisciplinary dialogue, a contemporary viewer's perception of a particular work of art, or rather a broader environment, created within the space of the imperial court residence at Bratislava Castle between 1536 and 1780. The ambition of the research team members from the ranks of historians will be to interpret Bratislava Castle as a mental, communicative and mediating space between the courtly milieu and the early medieval environment of Bratislava. Furthermore, thus by creating a unique experience for a specific individual, i.e., Hungarian royal officials, representatives of the Hungarian nobility and the ecclesiastical administration of Hungary, Bratislava townspeople, and even foreigners who had access to the spaces of Bratislava Castle due to the exercise of their office or their social status. On the part of art historians, the grant aims to find and apply methodological tools, particularly the concept of actual visual studies, to formulate the reception of these exclusive works in the domestic space. Research into social elites' cultural and visual experiences is particularly relevant and promising for the future. On the other hand, on the part of historians, modern archaeological, prosopographical and genealogical research has great potential, especially in studying officials and official families engaged within the early modern Kingdom of Hungary. Thus, the main tasks of the research team will be to identify the structured and multiple visual messages that specific works of art, or the wider environment, were intended to convey to contemporary audiences. Furthermore, it describes the interaction between physical space and its visual component on the one hand and the intangible or ephemeral cultural milieu recorded by textual or visual sources on the other.


Orient vo výtvarnom umení Slovenska

Duration: 1.1.2023 - 31.12.2026
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Herucová Marta Ph.D.

Poetics of absurdity, nonsense and paradox in contemporary theatre

Poetiky absurdity, nonsensu a paradoxu v súčasnom divadle

Duration: 1.1.2023 - 31.12.2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Knopová Elena PhD.
Annotation:Contemporary theatre responds to external social stimuli through the themes it raises, specific artistic means and practices. It confronts specific moments of social development and human existence with the possibility or impossibility of changing them or establishing a starting point (both in the stage work and in public life). The ever-present elements of absurdity, meaninglessness and hopelessness refer to the image of a man influenced by insurmountable forces (both outside him and within him) from which he finds no effective way out. However, today‘s paradigm of absurdity is not the same as the previous that have brought existentialism, absurd theatre, or normalization in the former Czechoslovakia. The aim of the project is to research, characterize and compare contemporary poetics of absurdity: 1. in relation to the transformations of the theatrical paradigm (before and after the so-called performative turn); 2. in relation to the transformations of the paradigm (political, war, pandemic, climate etc.).


Profilové osobnosti slovenského činoherného a operného divadla

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. Mgr. art. Mišovic Karol PhD.


Temporality ikonológie

Duration: 1.1.2023 - 31.12.2026
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Gerát Ivan PhD.
Annotation:The project aims to map and analyze the various temporal modalities of iconology in its ideological, thematic, and historical-social contexts and concerning its perspectives as a research method developed in a lively relationship to contemporary developmental tendencies of imagery and visual culture, and fine art. The cross-cutting methodological studies primarily focus on the following issues: 1, historical time and historical memory in relation to the interpretation of visual culture (historical ruptures, past futures); 2, lived time in the creative experience of both artists and recipients of the image (processualism of creation, the organization of the viewer's time, exceptional situations and exceptional moments); 3, the representation of time in pictorial narratives (at the level of pictorial theme and historical construct); 4, anachronisms in the history of images and their interpretations; 5, the ideological horizons of iconological studies and their historical mutability.

Creation and Crique of Values in Contemporary Arts (Visual Arts, Theater, Film)

Tvorba a kritika hodnôt v súčasnom umení (výtvarné umenie, divadlo, film)

Duration: 1.7.2020 - 24.6.2024
Program: SRDA
Project leader: doc. Mgr. Grúň Daniel PhD.
Annotation:Value creation in contemporary art is related to the search for ways out of the social and cultural crisis, proposing alternative solutions and testing of their possibilities. The project builds on current art historical studies in the power fields of images. It deals with following questions: What forces influence and shape imagery? What media and in what forms this imagery materializes in contemporary visual arts, contemporary theater and contemporary film? Based on a critical review of current art history methodologies, the project focuses on exploring imagery in contemporary arts. The processes analyzed are in relation to technological progress, the distribution of knowledge, and the related relativizing of consensual conventions in the truth production processes. The project has the ambition to identify, define and further explore value systems in contemporary art in relation to a free society in the context of neoliberal capitalism. We will look for answers to questions about what art can be critical in the era of market mechanism governance, how art disrupts or restores traditional or otherwise established values in relation to responsibility of individuals with respect to society and the world, culture and history. What or who is the arbiter of these values and how do the values created by contemporary art relate to the themes of today's world (migration, climate change, ethics of truth)? In the past three decades, history of arts and related disciplines have been confronted with discontinuities in the evolution of the art in ideologically divided world, as well as with the cultural decolonization. It is one of the project's priorities to explore Slovak contemporary art in an international context. The artistic practices that have taken active positions after 1989 will be compared in relation to the reflection of controversial historical events and related to the determining themes of collective existence.

Visual Sources on the History of the Kingdom of Hungary in the 16th Century

Vizuálne pramene k dejinám Uhorského kráľovstva v 16. storočí

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Kucharská Veronika PhD.
Annotation:The presented project aims to research visual sources related to the history of the Kingdom of Hungary in the 16th century. The project will focus on sources for significant events in our history in this period, which can be described as a turning point in several aspects: the year 1526 with the Battle of Mohács, referred to as the end of the Middle Ages and early modern age, the struggle for the Hungarian royal crown between two Hungarian kings, the occupation of the Central European area by the Ottomans and the resulting mutual confrontation and interactions of Christian and Muslim power and culture. We will look at these and other important historical events through the visual production of domestic artists of the (Central) European area and the view of the then enemy of the Kingdom of Hungary through sets of Ottoman miniatures. Thanks to the chosen approach and methodology of visual history, the used views of known events can be illuminated from several sides, thus offering an extension and updating of interpretive possibilities. The project intends to provide a more comprehensive and plastic historical-cultural view of this period in the form of a scientific monograph accessible to a broader range of readers.

The total number of projects: 8