Daniel Brunovský’s art revives in the viewer memories of something long forgotten. It has the ability to evoke a dream that irretrievably escapes after waking up.
At the beginning of the creative action, Brunovský first constructs a (semi-)empty space, which defines the emotional atmosphere of the painting, its anchoring in timelessness and endless flow. In the imaginary space, pure creative energy can flow freely and materialize the ideas emerging in the conscious and subconscious. This is the head of the olfactory pyramid, if we compare Brunovsky’s work to perfume. This ephemeral haze lasts for a brief moment, gradually wears off and the heart emerges. Into the mysterious wasteland enter the relics of something ancient, atavistic, which calls out to the viewer from afar and partially disappears somewhere.
The author uses the power of archetypes. These are not only rocks, towers, stairs, lakes, islands, crystals or stars, but he also works with the narrative power of the Old Master’s image as such. The Mediterranean coastline with its harbour, or the Italian landscape with its figurative staffage, in exciting contrast, become the natural setting for the dramatic arc of a new narrative. To appropriate fragments of the artistic past is to allow them to speak, enriching the new artistic space with a constant, tenaciously asserting invisible narrative filling the space of the new image like the whispering of a sinner in a confessional. The heart gradually grows into the base of the pyramid. The imagery points to the determination of man by his historicity; the existence of the individual is likened to that of a civilization with its ups and downs. The individual history is permeated by the great (group and collective) history and vice versa. The consciousness of what has been lived makes it possible to create a new starry sky, a new history, always a little more beautiful and closer to perfection.
Jozef Ridilla, August 2023
Daniel Brunovský was born on July 2, 1959 in Bratislava. He studied at the Secondary School of Art Industry and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, in the department of monumental painting. Since the beginning of his artistic career, he has been continuously engaged in sculptural disciplines, mainly ceramics and jewellery, in addition to painting. In December 1989 he realized the sculpture Heart of Europe, on the occasion of the march to Hainburg (Austria). The work becomes a visual symbol of the Velvet Revolution in Slovakia. During the 1990s, jewellery is the main focus of his work. He establishes the Zlatnícke Studio, where he designs and realises jewellery creations. From 2008 to 2013 he is a lecturer at the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Education of Comenius University in Bratislava. In 2010 he founded the Virvar publishing house, where he publishes books with a predominantly artistic focus. He has held more than 60 solo exhibitions at home and abroad, participated in many collective exhibitions and his works have been part of many presentations of Slovak visual arts abroad.
Venue: Danubiana, Čunovo, Slovakia
Date: from 09.09.2023 – 29.10.2023
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Adults – 10 €
Family (2 adults and 2 students) – 20 €
Pensioners (over 62 years old) – 5 €
Students – 5 €
Children (under 6 years old) – Free
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Disabled persons, persons over 75 years of age – Free
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