Aurel Hrabušický & Lucia Gregorová Stach
- A monograph publication on artist Stano Filko, one of the most important neo-avant-garde artists of the twentieth century.
- Includes new research on the early years of his work.
Stano Filko (1937– 2015) was one of the most important neo-avant-garde artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He gave the emerging conceptualism, which became his defining form of art, his very own imprint by using various means of expression, overlapping painting, object and installation. He transformed the fail of utopias and crisis of institutions that he encountered throughout his life into an authentic project of individual mythology, establishing his very own archive in his house/studio in Bratislava.
This monograph publication draws from the results of new research on the first two decades of his oeuvre, while also outlining later developments, giving the international audience a glimpse into the magnitude of the artist’s unique conceptual synthesis. The artist’s outstanding work with the category of time itself as well as his message for the future is getting more and more international recognition posthumously.
Dr Lucia Gregorová Stach is chief curator of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Her main focus is on Central and Eastern European art of the second half of the 20th century. In 2015, together with Joanna Kordjak, she prepared the last solo exhibition of Stano Filko’s artworks during the artist’s lifetime at Zachęta, the National Art Gallery in Warsaw. She is a regularly published author in academic journals and participates in art historical events, symposia and conferences in Slovakia and abroad.
Aurel Hrabušický is a curator of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Slovak National Gallery. He specialises in visual art in Slovakia in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular focus on conceptual and alternative art in Slovakia in the 1960s and 1980s, and on photography and photographic documentaries of recent decades. He curated the first exhibition of Stano Filko’s work at the Slovak National Gallery (1993) and is the author of the first major overview of Filko’s work, The Avant-gardist by Trade. A reflection on the Work of Stano Filko (1994).
Both authors presented the exhibition Stano Filko. Poetry on Space – Cosmos at the Slovak National Gallery in 2016, and compiled the first comprehensive monograph on Stano Filko in 2018.