HOMMAGE à ALBERT MARENČIN
The exhibition premiered in the dramaturgical cycle Profiles, presents a story of collages as well as the life and work of a significant personality of cultural life. Albert Marenčin is one of the most known and most prominent representatives of surrealism that began to develop in Slovakia in the first half of the 20th century under the term "super-realism". This versatile artist has worked in the field of Slovak art as a prose writer, poet, essayist, screenwriter, dramatic adviser, playwright, publicist, translator and fine-artist. His collages are represented in the collections of the Gallery of the City of Bratislava, the Art Gallery of Nové Zámky, and the Orava Gallery in Dolný Kubín as well as in the property of private collectors. The opening will take place on the eve of Marenčin's uncompleted 97th birthday.
Selected cycles of collages are accompanied by excerpts of books and photo shots from his sons´ private archives. The author's collages are characterized by compositional peculiarities and affinities that evoke narrative practices of novels – of the Max Ernst's collages. They are not united with the idea of the conjunctive whole, on the contrary, their provocative discrepancy, grotesque and absurdity in Lautréamont's meaning are typical.
Albert Marenčin visited the Gallery of Spiš Artists one year after a velvet revolution in November 1990 on a unique event The Second nationwide meeting of young theoreticians and art historians (Seminar of various types of art), presenting Czechoslovak surrealism and tendencies in the 1960s together with Karol Baron and Vladimír Popovič.
About the author
Albert Marenčin was born on July 26th, 1922 at Bystré nad Topľou, Eastern Slovakia. After graduating from grammar school in Prešov (1940) he studied Slovak - French combination of languages at the Comenius University in Bratislava (1940 - 1944). He participated in the Slovak National Uprising (1944) as a partisan. After the WWII he received a scholarship to study in Paris, in parallel at the Sorbonne, at the Political College and at the IDHEC Film Academy (1944-1948). At the same time he was active as an editor and newsreader of the Czechoslovak broadcasting of French Radio. After returning home he started to work as a script editor and screenwriter for the Czechoslovak State Film in Bratislava at Koliba (1949-1972). In the 1950s, he wrote several internally praised scenarios, but only his adaptation of Kalinčiak's novel Reštavrácia (Restoration) was implemented. The success of the movie The Song of Gray Pigeon delegated Albert Marenčin to the post of the head of one of the dramaturgical groups, in which substantial works of the Slovak New Wave were created. After August 1968, as a part of the normalization political purges, he was fired from working in the film and after an involuntary break he was employed as a specialist in the Slovak National Gallery (1972 - 1986). After November 1989, his literary works gradually began to be issued, he prepared dozens of individual exhibitions of collages, and in 2013 he released the album of collages Thirteen to a Dozen in a limited edition of 19 author´s specimens. He holds several Slovak and French national awards. He died on March 9th, 2019 at the age of 96 years.
Curator: Juraj Mojžiš
Production: Mgr. Lenka Králová - GUS
Graphic design: Mgr. art. Ivana Babejová - GUS