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Have No Fear of Modernism!
90th Anniversary of the Establishment of the School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava
14th December 2018 – 29th September 2019
Bratislava Castle, SNM – Museum of History
The Exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic and the 100th jubilee of the formation of Bauhaus in Weimar.


The Slovak Design Museum ideologically follows on from the ceased-to-exist Arts and Crafts Museum established parallelly with the School of Arts and Crafts, the Museum recognises it as its predecessor. The School set the foundations of the modern Slovak design, that is why we are trying to reconstruct its history from the fragments of preserved artefacts and, as much as possible, bringing them closer to the present from the visual and documentary point of view.

In the year 2013, the book by Iva Mojžišová, Škola moderného videnia [The School of Modern Vision] was published. Its author crowned her efforts in researching the Bratislava School which she had started in the sixties. It was the primary field of her research in history and a life-long pursuit. During the Normalisation Period, her primary concern was to keep in memory the effort which connected with the School and the modernisation of Slovakia. Direct contemporaries of the School are no longer with us, and their children – as long as they live – are mostly of advanced age. Iva Mojžišová also died several months after the book release.

We are grateful to the family of Iva Mojžišová for providing us with the archive without which both the further research of the School and even the Have No Fear of Modernism!exhibition would not be possible.

Organiser: Slovenské centrum dizajnu – Slovenské múzeum dizajnu
Main Exhibition Partners: SNM – Historické múzeum, Slovenská národná galéria
SDC General Partner: J&T Banka
SDC Main Media Partner: designum
SDC Partner: Antalis

Exhibition concept: Simona Bérešová, Klára Prešnajderová, Maroš Schmidt
Expert guarantor: Ľubomír Longauer
Curators: Katarína Bajcurová, Simona Bérešová, Vladimíra Büngerová, Viera Kleinová, Ľubomír Longauer, Klára Prešnajderová, Sonia de Puineuf, Maroš Schmidt, Zuzana Šidlíková

Exhibition architecture: Pavel Choma, Martin Kubina
Visual concept: Marcel Benčík, Pavel Choma, Martin Kubina, Juraj Blaško, Peter Nosáľ
Graphic design of the Exhibition and promotional materials: Juraj Blaško, Peter Nosáľ
Exhibition website: Michal Čudrnák (concept); Juraj Blaško, Peter Nosáľ (design); Altamira (development)
Photographs and digital reproductions: SDM Archive, cooperating institutions, private collections, Ľubomír Longauer, Adam Šakový
Exhibition production: Klára Prešnajderová, Maroš Schmidt
Cooperation: Mária Rišková, Natália Galbavá, Simona Jonnerová, Silvia Kružliaková, Gabriela Ondrišáková
English translation: Katarína Kasalová, Elena and Paul McCullough

Realisation of artefacts according to period documentation — thank you!
Creater Studio (Ján Jánoš, Rita Koszorús, Filip Horník); Studio of Fiber Art and Textile Restoration at the AFAD in Bratislava (Lenka Hyšková, Naďa Matušková, Dominika Kostolníková); Maroš Schmidt, Kodreta Myjava, Peter Juriga, Rudolf Tanglmajer; Mária Štraneková; Faculty of Architecture at STU (Natália Marková, Dominika Mikátová, Andrea Rovňáková, Pavol Vojtek, concept: Henrieta Moravčíková); Tomáš Vlček, Dušan Kranjc, Martin Novák

Works by courtesy of institutions’ collections — thank you!
Slovak National Gallery, Slovak National Museum in Martin, Museum of Janko Kráľ, Tekovské Museum in Levice, Šariš Gallery in Prešov, Bratislava City Museum, SNM – Museum of History, East Slovak Museum, University Library, Slovak Film Institute, State Archive in Bratislava, Museum of Decorative Arts In Prague, National Museum Prague, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Moravian Library, Moravian Museum, National Library of the Czech Republic, National Technical Museum in Prague, Museum of the City of Brno, Getty Research Institute Los Angeles, Literaturhaus Wien, MAK - Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst Wien, Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, and Slovak Design Museum.

Special thank you goes to the Slovak Film Institute for the loan of the film The Earth Signs.

Works by courtesy of private collections — thank you!
Miloslava Rupešová, Slavomír Brezina, Eva Knoteková, Zuzana Bahnová,
Svetlana Valigurská, Judita Csáderová, Čeněk Jirásko, Petr Hora Hořejš,
rodina Trösterová, Katarína Hubová, Ľubomír Longauer, Klára Prešnajderová, Simona Bérešová, Klement Šilinger, Ján Šilinger

Special thank you goes to the Mojžiš Family.