Schemnitz gallery is a new highlight on the cultural map of the charming historical town of Banská Štiavnica. You can find it in the newly renovated Senensis House, originally built in the 16th century.
Schemnitz is a new art gallery, established in 2013. The Gallery’s mission is to explore the exciting and constantly evolving world of contemporary visual fine arts in Slovakia, and to make its most interesting moments available to the public. Its collection features the latest trends in painting and drawing among the most talented young Slovak artists. Through regular exhibitions, the Gallery presents the works of the leading representatives of contemporary painting, drawing and graphics in Slovakia.
The Gallery has renowned artists in its portfolio, but it also promotes the works of notable new talents. An artwork’s quality is the primary consideration for its inclusion in an exhibition.
The philosophy of the Gallery is that the worlds of art and every-day life can be bridged by building friendly relationships between artists and art lovers and collectors.
Banská Štiavnica, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most beautiful historical towns of Slovakia. Its location, unique architecture, natural surroundings and, above all, its rich history all call for local cultural institutions that create an imaginary link between the town’s present character and the best years of its long and fascinating history. The Gallery’s name, Schemnitz, was, in fact, the German name for Banská Štiavnica when it was the third most important city of the Hungarian Empire.
PhDr. Vladimír Beskid is an art historian, freelance curator and cultural manager. He graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of the Comenius University in Bratislava (1985) where he studied Art Theory and History. He has been a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) since 1999. He lives and works in Trnava and Bratislava.
Vladimír Beskid has worked for a number of cultural institutions: for example, he was the director of the Jan Koniarik Gallery in Trnava (2005 – 2011). He has also been involved in working on several projects, e.g., he was the director of the Košice – European Capital of Culture project (2011 to 2014). He worked as a teacher at universities – Faculty of Arts, Technical University in Košice; Faculty of Education, Trnava University; VŠVU – Fine Arts Academy, Bratislava. He is the cofounder of the Fine Arts and Intermedia Department of the Faculty of Arts, Technical University in Košice (1998) and of the Kunsthalle in Košice (2013).
Since 1987, he has been the curator or co-curator of almost 20 international exhibitions; for example, Vzdálené podobnosti (Distant Similarities), National Gallery in Prague in 1999; Fremdkőrper, GJK Trmava; KB Berlin 2006; Transformace identity (Identity Transformation) 89-09, DU Brno; MUSA Wien 2009; TRIKO – Trienále súčasného obrazu (Triennale of Contemporary Painting) 2013; 6th Moscow Biennale – special projects, 2015; etc. His publication works include: The Situation in Visual Culture in Post-War Slovakia, In: IRWIN (edit.): EAST ART MAP – Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, Afterall Books and The MIT Press Cambridge, 2006; Neo-conceptual and post-conceptual movement in 1990s, In: Rusinová, Z. et al.: Umenie 20. storočia na Slovensku (The Arts of the 20th Century in Slovakia), SNG Bratislava 2000.
Ivan Ladziansky has been running a successful art business for 22 years, but the founding of the Schemnitz Gallery has been his long-term dream.
“I have always been fascinated by art, in all its forms and genres. Being in touch with artists and their works is deeply inspirational for me. Discussions with visitors as well as friendly and mutually beneficial relationships with customers make me feel that my work is meaningful. In my efforts, I am not focused on personal profit. The good will of my customers and a successful business give me the means to innovate in the presentation of our artists and allow me to cooperate with skilled and creative people. All this gives me true personal fulfillment.”
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As a translator, she has been cooperating with Schemnitz Gallery since it was founded. Silvia has a degree in Education Administration and Supervision from a university in the USA. For quite a long time, she has been a freelancer, engaging in a wide range of activities; she teaches English both individually but also at the Jan Albrecht Music and Art Academy in Banská Štiavnica; she helps foreigners adapt to living in Slovakia and is involved in several community projects. For almost four years, she worked as the Country Manager of a small Czech marketing agency with international clients.
Art has been creeping into her life from a number of directions and she is a quiet observer of the process. Silvia enjoys being on a team where work is governed by understanding and kindness. Schemnitz is such a team.
Project writing, fundraising
Art manager, teacher and Ph.D. student at the Theatre Faculty of AMU (Art Academy) in Prague, yogi and mother.
She looks for essence, meaning, fulfilment and joy in everything she does and in people she cooperates with. She has always longed for working with people who now constitute the team of Schemnitz Gallery. She believes that interpersonal relationships are as important as the work itself.
She likes creating open and clear structures; structures that she believes will provide support to organisations and help people to develop their creativity. She is engaged in theoretical studies as well as practical implementations of creative opportunities in art management.
She enjoys finding financial resources for the right projects.
Education projects, translations
Dana studied Aesthetics and English and her work life has been running in these two directions. She worked as a translator, interpreter and as a teacher at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the Art Academy in Banská Bystrica. She did her Ph.D. studies in contemporary British drama at the UKF in Nitra. Today, she lives in Banská Štiavnica. She is interested in creative ways of teaching through art experience.
Education projects for children, graphic design
Fine artist and fine-art teacher. For many years, she has been devoted to the topics of art communication and the psychological aspects of authentic visual image perception and creation in people, especially children. In the context of the art trends of the second half of the 20th century, Alexandra enjoys looking at how children record what they see and what imprints occur – experience or emotion – In the microcosm of children’s lives as a result of encountering arts.