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.
Mgr. Juraj Čarný (1974) is a curator, critic, cultural manager and teacher.
In 2013, Juraj Čarný was entrusted with the task of establishing the Kunsthalle (Hall of the Arts) Bratislava which was to house the Slovak Centre for Visual Arts. He was the Kunsthalle’s founding director, serving from 2014 through 2016. He is currently President of the Slovak section of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and was vice-president of AICA International. He initiated and co-organized the XLVIth AICA International Congress Slovakia 2013 (together with Richard Gregor). As director and head curator of SPACE Gallery (1999 – 2013), he initiated projects such as BillboArt Gallery Europe, Crazycurators Biennale, SPACE Residency Lab, FAICA Gallery, Wandering Gallery nomadSPACE, and others. As a curator and organizer, he has prepared more than 200 exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad and has cooperated with the Prague Biennale on a regular basis. Juraj Čarný also initiated the founding of the magazine “Flash Art Czech and Slovak Edition”, where he worked as its editor in chief. He has lectured in Oxford, New York, Tbilisi, Berlin, Vienna, Växjö (Sweden), Vaasa (Finland), Prague, Poznan (Poland), Žilina (Slovakia), Košice (Slovakia), etc. Since 2000, he has been teaching at the Slovak Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. He is co-founder (with Martin Knut) and programme director of the Art Academy educational project. Juraj Čarný also founded the first programmes of continuing education for curators in Slovakia – Curatorial Studies Institute and Curator’s Incubator. At the moment, he is working on the TRAM project – a regular cultural train connection between Vienna and Bratislava – of the nomadSPACE Wandering Gallery.
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.