WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? AN ARTIST? The Childhood Creativity of Artists

Kunsthalle LAB

This exhibition maps the childhood of 25 artists, a singular theme which has not been addressed hitherto in the Slovak context. The exhibition aims to illuminate the artist’s personal story and his/her childhood, as a period which plays an important part in the later life and profession.

Curators:
Daniela Čarná, Lucia Kotvanová

Květa Fulierová: Drawing, 1936 (age 4 yrs.)
Photo: Ema Lančaričová


Duration:
15.7.-12.9.2021
Venue:
Kunsthalle LAB

Artists:
Peter BARÉNYI, Mária BARTUSZOVÁ, András CSÉFALVAI, Radovan ČEREVKA, Ľubomír ĎURČEK, Pavlína FICHTA-ČIERNA, Květa FULIEROVÁ, Daniel FISCHER, Juraj GÁBOR, Oto HUDEC, Jana KAPELOVÁ, Daniela KRAJČOVÁ, Otis LAUBERT, Zorka LEDNÁROVÁ, Stano MASÁR, Ladislav MEDNYÁNSZKY, Michal MORAVČÍK, Svätopluk MIKYTA, Ilona NÉMETH, Vladimír POPOVIČ, Peter RÓNAI, Veronika RÓNAIOVÁ, Rudolf SIKORA, Viliam SLAMINKA, Emöke VARGOVÁ

This exhibition maps the childhood of artists, a singular theme which has not been addressed hitherto in the Slovak context. Its starting point is research done by the KHB educational department, focusing on themes connecting visual art with education by art. The exhibition aims to illuminate the artist’s personal story and his/her childhood, as a period which plays an important part in the later life and profession.  One of the missing chapters in Slovak histories of art is thereby revealed and filled out, and at the same time the importance and impact of developing the child’s creativity is highlighted (one of the themes currently discussed in a wider framework). The exhibition will present an intergenerational selection of twenty five artists of the 1960s generation, the unofficial scene of the 70s and 80s, and the younger generation of the 90s and zero years, many of whom are active in teaching and themselves work with children’s creativity. In the international context we know of artists who took inspiration from children’s painting and whose own works as children are known (Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Salvator Dalí etc.). Mapping the childhood work of artists may produce (including in the Slovak context) new knowledge and insights for reading the artists’ professional work; it may also enhance the importance of supporting creativity among children, which is an important investment in the later lives not only of professional artists but of all of us.