Metallic brutalism and its present embellishment. The addition to the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava

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https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.XP9N7E35

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

This paper summarizes the creation and formulation of the modern addition to the Slovak National Gallery, an iconic architectural work of post-war Modernism in Czechoslovakia which instigated a major discussion between specialists and the general public already from its construction time. In the second part of the text, related to the reconstruction currently underway, I attempt to interpret the actual process of this building’s reconstruction and remodeling, which could be viewed as a physical dimension of the discussion on the polarizing effects of Modern Movement architectonic concepts as well as the impoverishment of the authentic heritage value of this unique instance of Slovak modernity.

How to Cite

Szalay, P. (2018). Metallic brutalism and its present embellishment. The addition to the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Docomomo Journal, (59), 46–53. https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.XP9N7E35

Published

2018-11-01

Author Biography

Peter Szalay, Slovak Academy of Sciences

(b. 1982, Bratislava, Slovakia) is an architectural historian. He works as a scientific researcher at the Department of Architecture of Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. His research is focused in Modern Movement and contemporary architecture and urban planning, special its context to society and politics. He is a member of the editorial board of the ERA 21 magazine and the member of the review panel of scientific journal Architektkúra & Urbaniszmus and also a member of docomomo International.

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