Have No Fear of Modernism! 90th Anniversary of the Establishment of the School of Arts and Crafts

from 14. 12. 2018 to 29. 9. 2019

Have No Fear of Modernism!

90th Anniversary of the Establishment of the School of Arts and Crafts

Bratislava Castle, SNM – Museum of History, 3rd Floor
14th December 2018 – 29th September 2019
First commented tour: 9th January 2019, 15.00

The exhibition Have No Fear of Modernism! opens on 14th December at the Bratislava Castle in the premises of the Historical Museum of SNM; it dedicates to the phenomenon of the School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava (1928 – 1939). With the Exhibition, the Slovak Design Museum presents several years of its research — a follow-up of the work by the art historian Iva Mojžišová.
The School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava (ŠUR or ŠUR-ka) belongs to the essentials of the Slovak modern history. Its importance reaches beyond our local territory since, in its era, it belonged to the most advanced art schools in Europe; it was compared to the German Bauhaus. With originals, replicas, era documents and their interpretations, the Exhibition presents the individual departments of the School and its pedagogues (Ľudovít Fulla, Mikuláš Galanda, Zdeněk Rossmann, Julie Horová, František Tröster, Jaromír Funke and others), together with the context of the First-Republic era and Bratislava Modernism.
The Exhibition's title refers to Josef Vydra's quote, the School's Director, saying: "Having no fear of Modernism, critically choosing and trying out all that is novel and conveying the results back to production became the principle of the whole teaching staff."

In 2018, it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic, and during next year, it will be a part of the international celebrations of the centenary of Bauhaus, established in 1919 at Weimar, Germany.
Ľubomír Longauer, a design historian and expert guarantor of the Exhibition says: "We're commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. Even its tenth anniversary brought increased cultural activity. Such increased liveliness also reflected in Bratislava in the field of applied art. At the Commerce and Industry Chamber in Bratislava, there was established the first Art-Industry Museum which ceased to exist three years later. Antonín Hořejš was its initiator and first director; he was also engaged in the establishment of the School. In the same year, the Commerce Chamber in Bratislava also organised the Evening Art Courses. The first public art school in Slovakia developed from them — the School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava. It was related to Masaryk's Czechoslovakia — but, unfortunately, it didn't survive it. In the tenth year of its existence, the Czech pedagogues were expelled from the school, and the crippled School ceased to exist as of 1st October 1939."

An extensive team of experts and a large number of institutions that provided originals of works, reproductions, and period documents collaborated on its preparation. Curated by: Katarína Bajcurová, Simona Bérešová, Vladimíra Büngerová, Viera Kleinová, Ľubomír Longauer, Klára Prešnajderová, Sonia de Puineuf, Maroš Schmidt, Zuzana Šidlíková. Concept by: Simona Bérešová, Klára Prešnajderová, Maroš Schmidt.
An attractive part of the Exhibition are replicas of the period, but lost works, or realisations according to period designs. They were realised by designers and companies in cooperation with the Slovak Design Museum's curators.
Organised by: Slovak Design Center / Slovak Design Museum.
Main Exhibition Partners: SNM – Museum of History and Slovak National Gallery.

"The several years of researching the School of Arts and Crafts have been characterised by the joy of every small discovery with which we can complete the complex mosaic of the School's brief history. An integral part of our exploration is humility and gratefulness. We are very grateful to Iva Mojžišová for her selfless and professional work which resulted in an extensive archive of the School — she had been building it for decades. We are grateful to the family of Iva Mojžišová for making the archive available to the Slovak Design Museum. We have been using this valuable source fully and discovering vital connections and correct answers to many questions about the first public art school in Slovakia." says Maroš Schmidt, the Head of the Slovak Design Museum and the co-author of the Exhibition's concept.

Mária Rišková, the Director of the Slovak Design Center, adds and invites to the Exhibition: "Everyone interested in the identity of Slovakia and its place in an international context, relations between the culture and economy in the inter-war republic or the beginnings of many creative disciplines (graphic design, scenography, advertising, and others); should see the Exhibition. The School is an important chapter also in the history of schooling, and especially of art education, its history brings us closer to the personalities of art, design, industry, education, and science; influencing the intellectual environment of Slovakia of the 20th century. Finally, the Exhibition will amaze everyone interested in the works and artefacts of Modernism with their aesthetics still positively affecting the taste of a modern person."

The Exhibition catalogue is available, and on https://sur.scd.sk/, visitors can find the Exhibition's website.
The first commented tour of the Exhibition with curators present takes place on 9th January 2019 at 15.00.

More info about exhibition: https://sur.scd.sk/en