White+Blue+Red. Three colours. Three colours, which often feature on the flags of many nations. These colours also feature on the flags of five Slavic countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Russia.
The concept of flags (they appear in many places) came to my mind when I met (and befriended) several artists from the aforementioned countries. And only thanks to theiaboration could this project happen. Although I am going to name one artist from each country who I would like to thank, I would obviously also like to thank the rest of them.
Firstly, I have to mention Frantisek Tomik from the Czech Republic. My great thanks go to Alexander Trifonov from Russia, without whom, the Russian participation would not have beensible. I also have to show my gratitude to Klement Brun from Slovenia for coordinating the Slovenian participation. And last but not least, my thanks go to Eugen Varzić from Croatia.
To select an individual artist who would represent the art of painting in their country is practically impossible. It is always subjective; however some objectivity is also required, as the artists, apart from utilizing their own skills, have to get excited about the whole project.
It may be that White+Blue+Red ignores the most fashionable trend of the present art. This was an intention, as this trend is already heavily promoted. Therefore, if it was also presented by this project, it would be as taking wood back into the forest.
White+Blue+Red, however doesn’t have the ambition to map art from each of these countries, or the most present tendencies. It is only a taste of works of art from 15 artists from 5 countries which are connected by White+Blue+Red.
And if I mentioned subjective choice of work, yes, it is there. All of these artists are also my friends and that is why, under this symbol of White+Blue+Red flag, I managed to achieve my dream of organizing the exhibition of Miloš Prekop and international friends. This could be a subtitle for this exhibition, however let’s just stay with the pleasantly sounding - White+Blue+Red. :-)
White+Blue+Red represents Slovak paintings of three generations with a focus on the figurative side of Slovak arts, as it is one of its biggest strengths.
White+Blue+Red, in the Slovak part, represents born figurative artist, Robert Almási, specific figurative artist Miloš Prekop and not to forget more abstract tendencies, as represented in the paintings of Chuares. What all of these artists have in common is that they all use colours. These are artists who use colour as an important way of expressing themselves. Each of them is characterized by their own theme, expression and technique.
White+Blue+Red introduces Czech art scene of an older generation of artists. The common element of all three artists is respect for rich traditions of Czech art.
František Tomík develops it either in his paintings on boards, crossing boundaries between a painting and a sculpture, but also in a traditional painting on canvas. At this exhibition the aspect of his artwork is represented in the cycle Arks and Monotypes.
Jiří Neuwirt presents his rich artwork full of imagination, dreams, stories and allegories. He shows his own world and each of his paintings somehow illustrates a story or expresses an allegory. Pavel Vácha presents himself by artwork in which apart from colours, he also uses various materials, which make his paintings interesting and communicative. All three authors are visibly interested in the theme of a painting and its expression, which represents a specific aspect of Czech art in general.
White+Blue+Red shows Slovenian art in three various ways. It is characterized by three artists, whose artwork partly follows the present tendency of Slovenian art. From the abstract art of Etko Tutta, through the figural art of Klemen Brun, right up to the more experimental work of Joze Subic. These are artists from two generations of Slovenian art, each artist offers his own outlook and presentation of the world. Etko Tutta grabs your attention by his individual artistic language, Klemen Brun by the combination of a gestural and figural art and Jože Šubić, by his original work, full of symbolism. What they all have in common, is the playfulness of the theme representation and expression of ideas. Their artwork is easily recognizable and gives us a taste of Slovenian Art, which is one of the main objectives of the Whie+Blue+Red exhibition.
White+Blue+Red represents Croatian art of both younger and mid generations. It shows the work of three artists. The figural work of Eugen Varzica, the geometrical abstract work of Ljiljana Barković and the gestural-abstract work of Vedran Silipetar.
The choice of these artists follows the aim to present Croatian art in various forms. The work of these artists is joined by both traditional and modern. Whether in the work of Eugen Varzić who combines elements of traditional painting with new elements (the exhibited paintings are from his current cycle ‘The Other World’), or in the artwork of Ljiljana Barković, with her personal following of a rich tradition of geometrical abstraction of Croatian art. Vedran Silipetar follows the tradition of abstract expressionism and also experiments with new techniques in his paintings, by using the typical red soil from Istria, called Crljenica. In the case of all the above mentioned artists, it is about a journey for searching and discovering something new, while originating from traditional ways of painting. They all share the belief in the power of painting and as a classical decorative item.
White+Blue+Red brings together Russian art of three generations,
paintings of three artists, born in the 50s, 60s and 70s of last century. The reason for a selection of these artists was to show what is typically Russian art, and the way in which it has influenced world art.
Each of the three artists develop traditions of Russian avant-garde of the 20 century. San San’ work is typically show of suprematism and geometric abstraction. Vitali Kopachev carries out the message of Vasilij Kandinsky in his own individual and modern way, and Alexander Trifonov, although strictly figurative, also follows the message of Russian avant-garde.
It is worth mentioning, that at one very remarkable exhibition, the grand exhibition in 2008 in Nemcinovka, near Moscow, at the 130 birthday anniversary of Kazimir Malevic, San San introduced the most important Russian painters developing the message of Kazimir Malevic. Of course, it goes without saying that Vitali Kopachev and Alexander Trifonov could not be missing from that exhibition.