12. Czech and Slovak Pavilion – Care for Architecture: Exemplum of the Slovak National Gallery or Asking Arche of Architecture to Dance
Commissioner: Monika Mitášová, Monika Palcová. Curators/Exhibitors: Benjamín Brádnanský, Petr Hájek, Vít Halada, Ján Studený, Marián Zervan (Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and University in Trnava).
A bright red model of the Slovak National Gallery forms the centrepiece of the Czech and Slovak Pavilion, questioning whether the country’s Soviet-era architecture should be saved or demolished.
Designed by Slovak architect Vladimír Dedeček in the 1960s and built in the 1970s, the bridging gallery building is seen by many as a symbol of the country’s communist era, so plans for its renovation have been contentious. Care for Architecture: Asking the Arché of Architecture to Dance, questions whether buildings like the extension to the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava can ever be disassociated from the political regime.
The broad spectrum of opinion the building receives from both Slovakian nationals and foreigners is represented by a series of films, played on wall-mounted screens, offering opposing strategies for the renovation of the building.