2021 – Year of Dezider Milly in SNM – Museum of Ukrainian Culture

from 31. 1. 2021, 09:00 to 31. 12. 2021, 23:55

Centre of the exhibition consists of works of the national artist, prof. Dezider Milly (1906 – 1971). D. Milly – artist and pedagogue is the most important representative of fine arts of Ukrainians in Slovakia. He was born on August 7, 1906 in the village of Kyjov, Stará Ľubovňa district. He received his pedagogical education at the Greek Catholic Teacher Training Seminar in Prešov (1922 – 1926) and artistic education at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (1926 – 1933), where he studied with professors J. Schusser and A. Hofbauer. After graduating, he worked as a teacher in eastern Slovakia in the village of Orlov and also in Prešov. In 1946 he moved to Bratislava, where he was working as a rector in the school year 1951/52. In 1958 he was appointed professor of free graphics, general and landscape painting; in 1962 he was awarded the title of Merited Artist and in 1971 – the title of National Artist. D. Milly died at the age of 65, on September 1, 1971 in Bratislava, where he is also buried. In addition to Slovakia, lovers of fine art can also acquainted with his work in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Cuba and Ukraine.
In addition to his pedagogical activities, he devoted himself to painting, drawing, graphics, illustration and stage design.
The most significant source for D. Milly's artistic work was the country of his native region, everyday life in the village and its rich folklore. The author's artistic endeavors are most aptly characterized modern landscapes from the final period of creation with a significant reduction of natural form, expressive warm color composition and monumental expression and works of symbolic-melancholic character, the most famous of which are the themes ‚‚Krivý Jarok'' and ‚‚Blúdiaca''.