Svätopluk Mikyta — Antykryształy

20.07 — 31.08.2013

Svätopluk Mikyta, at the invitation of the gallery LETO, prepared an exhibition entitled “Anticrystals”. This is the first solo show of the artist in Warsaw. In general Mikyta’s works make reference to the political iconography of socialist mass movements and to the nationalist and religious symbols of Eastern Europe. By means of over-drawings and collage-like alienations he “doubles” their seductive aesthetic and exposes the political manipulation of images, the impact of which is still being felt today. Sometimes his interventions, with a pen and often with red paint, are scarcely perceptible, sometimes they are so refined that they give rise to something totally new in terms of both composition and theme. Mikyta usually produces cycles of works which are intended to be hung in groups and conjure up associations with history and personal stories due to their open-ended correlations.

For his exhibition in Warsaw, he prepared a collection of reprints, collages and drawings, which at first glance may seem like romantic nature pictures. However, the romanticism has a strong historical connotation. The exhibition is a visual analysis of natural habitats in Central Europe.

Svätopluk Mikyta
b. 1973 in Čadca (former Czechoslovakia). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and Stuttgart. Winner of the Strabag Art Award International, Vienna (2011) and the Oskár Cepan Award (2008). He obtained the DAAD scholarship HDK Berlin (2001 -2002) and has been a resident of the ISCP New York (2011). Works in collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Zabludowicz Collection London, MUDAM Collection Luxembourg, Museum of Applied Arts, Prague. Since 2008 he has been leading the „BANSKA ST A NICA Contemporary”.