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Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History



Pop Variants

By confrontations, on 5 November 2019

With the permanent collection of the Slovak National Gallery currently closed for major reconstruction, we headed to the Gallery of the City of Bratislava for a direct if fragmentary encounter with works by canonical Slovak artists of the 1960s. We were joined by art historian Richard Gregor, who shared with the group his experiences of researching Slovak Pop Art and integrating his work within the changing international discourse around the movement, as it exchanges its West-centric assumptions for a global perspective. His insights into the Slovak side of the first Confrontations exhibitions in Bratislava also offered a more complex and reciprocal account of Czech and Slovak artistic relations in the early 1960s.