Milos Balgavy  (1955)

I would like to present you the statement of Miloš Balgavý, which is characteristic and , what I suppose, a very important symbol for one important period of Slovak Glass Art – the period of optical glass based by prof.Václav Cigler:
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’The heart of creation is the raising of veils, the ability to understand the magic of the material, to open up the material. Everything begins with light. In the case of glass, the trick is to use the material to capture light. The form of the object makes it possible to create a new spectrum. It’s really a matter of painting with light. In the process, the intriguing powe rof the resistance of glass and the tension in the material emerges. The artist has to wrestle with this during his work. I am fascinated by this battle with the hardness and fragility of glass, a fight that takes place in its own, tiny microworld. I am fascinated by this battle with the hardness and fragility of glass, a fight that take place on its own, tiny microworld. I try to formulate the basic of my work, in order at the same time to reject it and leave space for something new to emerge. It is not a question of Minimalism, or of drawing inspiration from nature, it is a question of converting forms into abstract geometrical shapes and conducting colour within the bounds of the possible. I love colour, but the material decides its own colour. It is the art of possible, an ordeal by glass. And it is certainly a way of communicating: The way I speak and find fulfillment. It is my way of transforming myself into something that will be there after I have gone. It entcompasses my dreams and desires, and the way I communicate with myself and with others. Where the work itself is concerned, I like to pick my way along the knife-edge between the possible and impossible. I offer light, which for me is the fourth dimension. I offer subtley, because the subtler thinks are, the more challenging they appear.I produce glass objects in order to confront mankind with an impression of itself, the opportunity to see the world and itself from a new point of view. That is my statement.’

Miloš Balgavý continues in tradition of the Cigler School and remains faithful to sober forms, neat and compact shapes. His work is eminent by the perfection of execution and demands attention. Beauty radiates from refined yet simple geometric forms, such as pyramid, cube, sphere, and their segments. He enriches the geometric language by allowing colour to play an important role in his work. Balgavý makes use of intense colour and optical properties of glass such as transparency, absorption and opacity. He focuses his attention on the basic geometric shape

Miloš Balgavý

1955, Bratislava

1970 – 1974 Secondary School of Applied Arts, Bratislava
1978 – 1984 Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Department of Glass Art (V. Cigler, A. Žáčko)

Individual exhibitions (selection):
2006 Light of Colors III. – Retrospective, West-Slovak museum, Trnava
2004 Gallery NOVA, Bratislava
2003 Studio A/D/A, Trnava
2002 Gallery Plateaux (together with P. Hlôška), London, GB
2001 Gallery Groll, Naarden, NL
Etiene & van den Doel Gallery (together with P. Bremers), Gulpen, NL
1999 Rob van den Doel Gallery, Haag, NL
Municipal Gallery, Mirbach Palace, Bratislava
1997 Vermes Vila, Slovak National Gallery, Dunajská Streda

Group Exhibitions (selection):
2007 Contemporary Slovak Glass, Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery, New York, USA
2006 Glaskunst, Galerie des Beaux Arts, Heeze, NL
2005 Thinking in Glass, Václav Cigler and His School, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL
2004 Hommage aan Rob van den Doel, Etiene & Van den Doel Galerie, Oisterwijk, NL
Collect, V&A Museum, London, GB
2002 Dialogo con la luce, Cristallo Slovaco Contemporaneo, Gallery Via Larga,
Florence, Roma, I
2001 Reflecties, Gallery Groll, Nieuweigein, NL

Representation in public collections (selection):
Museum van den Togt, Amsterdam, NL
Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, CH
Glassmuseum, Ebeltoft, D
Nationale Nederlanden, Rotterdam, NL
Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava
Gallery NOVA, Bratislava
Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, CZ

Exposities (komt nu voorbij)

De volgende musea/instellingen hebben werk in hun collectie:
Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen

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