Martin Benka in Turiec

from 27. 9. 2019 to 30. 8. 2020

Martin Benka – one of the most significant Slovak painters – first appeared in Turiec in 1913. Although he stayed in Prague after the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918, his painting ambitions almost exclusively reoriented to Slovakia. Creative and institutional creations of young Slovak culture brought him to Martin, where he became a co-founder of the Slovak Artists Association and also a member of the artistic department of Matica slovenská. It was from this environment that in the 1920s interesting creative challenges for Benka came. Later they grew into long-term cooperation – especially graphic design and illustrative. Around 1926, Martin's urban motive and the nature of Turiec entered the artist's work.

Since 1939, when he moved from Prague to Martin, where he settled permanently, Martin Benka's creative versatility has began to be reflected in several exteriors and interiors of the city's public buildings. Enriching the urban architecture of Martin is Benka's house with a studio - a functionalist building from the second half of the 1950s. The artist lived and worked there from 1959 until his death in 1971. This house with equipment and collection of works donated to the state with the wish to create here a museum dedicated to his personality and art works (since February 2019 closed due to reconstruction). From this remarkable art collection preserved in the art museum will be displayed personal items of the painter, his so-called „reformed" violin, house plans, designs for Martin´s club of esperanto, fishermen's union or philatelic club in Martin, work for architecture, proposals for book covers and illustrations or diplomas for Matica slovenská and of course, drawings with motives of Turiec landscape.

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Where to find the exhibition?

Ethnographic Museum (Etnografické múzeum)
Malá hora 2
Martin, Slovakia

e-mail: snmmartin@snm.sk