Travel journal from TERM E 2019

DAY 1 with ART experience in Vienna

The Art group started their journey in the historic “nest” of artists: Vienna, Austria.

The city of Vienna is profoundly culturally delicious and diverse and has countless things to pique your interest. But this day, it was inspiration that was sought after by our young artists – to step right into the world of artistic creation.

Among the three Viennese exhibitions visited by the Art group, we will give you a glimpse of one. – Secession.

Secession is not only a building or space, it is art in itself. The exhibition utilizes contemporary art both on the outside as well as inside. The challenge to provide the visitors with exquisite sights is taken by artists across many different fields, as they apply their art mastery to both architecture’s exterior and interior.

On the day of our visit we were able to see the exhibitions of Peter Doigs, Fernanda Gomeses and Martine Symses.

Peter Doig creates vivid abstractions combining planar forms and bold palette. His imagery interweaves art history and pop culture “that unfold into complex narratives”.

Fernanda Gomes on the other hand plays with affordable materials to create chaotic minimalism. Once you enter the exhibition space, you can feel lost, confused. “Discarded items along with glass, mirrors, magnets, strings, hair, newspaper are arranged in the space” to create this effect.

“Martine Syms uses video, installation and performance” to reflect on feminist thoughts and radical traditions.

This is just a short overview of one of the art exhibitions visited by the art groups in one day spent in Vienna. After a long day, our ART group returned to Bratislava and was already getting ready for their next destination: Brno, Czech Republic

DAY 2 Brno

Brno is known as a city of students, but this city also offers a rich art culture.

This city inspires thinking of history just by looking at the beautiful historical buildings. We had a chance to enjoy the view of Brno from the Spilberk Castle, as well as at a rooftop terrace in the city centre, where one could simultaneously savour food and sight of the mesmerising city centre.

The first place on our must-see-list was taken by the organically shaped post-modern astronomical clock known as the “Brněnský Orloj” . This clock is known for its specific mechanics which allow the user to determine time. Also its mechanism uses crystal balls to create sound as an indicator of time. These crystal balls are falling from the top to the bottom of the structure and anyone can catch one through the openings on the sides of the clock.

Second stop: Pražák’s Palace, visited by our students, is part of the Moravian Gallery, which is the 2nd largest art museum in the Czech Republic.

“The Pražák Palace houses a permanent exhibition as well as temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The latest trends in the art scene are put on show in the Atrium”

Exhibitions in this museum combine art with experience. Profound art pieces speak to the visitor via many channels: visual, audio and also touch. Anyone can come and see the art for free on the first 3 floors and even take a slide down.

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