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ART FROM CLOSE-UP

ART FROM CLOSE-UP 02      
year 2008              

What is the purpose of a gallery? What are the artists engaged in and what is the meaning of it? Why are some works of art hard to understand, while the others are so simple that I could make them myself? The educational project of Bratislava City Gallery entitled ART FROM CLOSE-UP mediates to young people between 10 and 15 years of age the view of the art from close-up. Within this project, Bratislava City Gallery symbolically leaves its gates to bring selected works of modern and contemporary Slovak fine art from its collections, in the form of reproductions, to schools all over Slovakia.
The second year of the project is aimed at the interconnection of modern and contemporary art, with which the young people usually do not have a chance to meet, with the world around us which is reflected by the art and which enables us to understand it deeply. The project ART FROM CLOSE-UP offers different angles of view of the works of art and their interconnection with real life. It puts them into broader contexts (literature, history, visual and media culture, family, relations, hobbies) and shows various possibilities of perception and interpretation of contemporary art, the story of which is not always dominant and readable as it was in the past.   

In the project ART FROM CLOSE-UP, which was implemented between January and May 2008, more than 330 primary schools, primary art schools and grammar schools from all regions of Slovakia became involved. Based on seven reproductions of works from Bratislava City Gallery collections, including information about an artist and a work of art, proposals for discussion and creative activity within different subjects, the pupils under the guidance of teachers created their own interpretations. We received results of children´s work from almost 140 schools from different regions of Slovakia. From more than 3,000 works, the commission comprising art and gallery teachers selected 31 which are displayed at the exhibition in Pálffy Palace of Bratislava City Gallery. The criteria were as follows: representation of all the interpreted works of art, of different art genres, level of creativity of an approach, and participation of schools from many regions of Slovakia. Children´s works show different approaches and possibilities of work with the work of art and its use beyond the humanistic disciplines too. As for the implementation of the project, the decisive aspect can be considered the active engagement of teachers, stimulation of creative thinking and ability of young people to create, which is in various forms necessary for every sphere of life. The joy of the process of creation itself created significant part of the project, often more important than the final work of art itself. During the project implementation, many schools visited Bratislava City Gallery or a gallery in their surroundings; the children discovered and formed their own views of the 20th century art which they subsequently presented in “school galleries“.

The project ART FROM CLOSE-UP shows one of the forms of gallery education which focuses on the mediation of values of fine art in the galleries to different age categories in the form of experience. It introduces art as a significant part of our life which can provide us with exceptional possibilities of education, entertainment and development of creativity.  

                                                                                                                         Daniela Čarná

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ART FROME CLOSE-UP 01
Children’s view of Slovak art of the 20th century
year 2006

Can be learning about and discovering art an adventure and fun? An educational project with the same name mediates art from close-up in a playful form to young people between 10 – 15 years of age. The City Gallery of Bratislava in that project symbolically steps out from its gates to bring straight into the schools Slovak fine art’s modern and contemporary artworks in the form of reproductions of works of art from the exposition of the art of the 20th century (100 Years of Reality) by Ąudovít Fulla, Cyprián Majerník, Ján Mathé, Július Koller, Igor Kalný, Roman Ondák and Dorota Sadovská. The aim of the project is to interconnect  modern and contemporary art, which young people usually do not have chance to meet regularly, with the actual world around us which is reflected by that art and it enables us to understand it deeper.

In the project ART FROM CLOSE-UP, which took place from the end of March until the end of June 2006, more than 330 primary schools, primary art schools and eight-years high-schools from the whole of Slovakia took part. On the base of seven sent reproductions size A4, containing information about the author and the artwork, proposals for discussions and creative activities the pupils under the leadership of teachers were creating their own interpretations in the frame of different humanity subjects. Their results were sent to us from more than 100 schools from different regions of Slovakia. From more than 2000 works a commission of art and gallery teachers chose 27 which are presented at the exhibition in the Pálffy’s Palace of the City Gallery of Bratislava. Artworks in the catalogue and special web page www.umeniezblizka.gmb.sk will enable a little wider overview of children’s interpretations.
The children’s works can be divided in a simple way into two categories: works sourcing from the interpreted artwork which keep the outer connection with it and those ones which are freely inspired by it. They show different approaches and possibilities of work with an art piece and possibilities of its use not only within the frame of the art lectures but also within subjects like Slovak, history, ethics or religion. For the realisation of the project itself was decisive active input of the teachers and support of the creative thinking of young people and their ability to create which is in different forms needed for every sphere of life. The joy from the creative process itself was the main part of the project; many times it was more important than the resulting artwork itself. During the project more of the schools visited the City Gallery of Bratislava or a gallery in their surroundings; they discussed, discovered and created their own views on art of the 20th century which they presented in the “galleries in the schools”.

The project ART FROM CLOSE-UPshows one of the forms of gallery education, which concentrates on mediation of art in the galleries and museums to different age categories in form of experience. It introduces art as an important part of our life which can offer unexpected possibilities of education, fun and creative activities.

                                                                                                                              Daniela Čarná


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