Robert Wilson. Video Portraits / Bratislava


  • Slovak National Gallery / Esterházy Palace Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4 811 02 Bratislava Slovakia

This is the first exhibition in Slovakia of the work of Robert Wilson, famous theater director, designer and producer; it will feature a selection of his traveling Voom Portraits.

Wilson’s portraits, usually displayed in galleries and always in perfect arrangements, represent noteworthy examples of the classical genre with an upgrade by way of new digital technology. They can sparkle in a darkened gallery (as works of “high art”), illuminate rough city spaces (as light box advertisements), decorate living rooms or serve as themes for mobile phone applications.  Of course, Wilson counts on this multi-functionality–however, perfect technological support is a must.

Wilson’s extravagant visual style is always saturated, full of impulses, strongly stylized, campy and kitschy, in its own way.  And his Voom Portraits are no different.  Their saturated beauty draws from the traditions of theater, film, music and visual art while remaining strongly digital and fully utilizing the means of expression of the new media.  It is high-definition beauty, with graceful slow motion and ideal calibration. 

Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 8.00 pm.  The Slovak Nation Gallery is closed on Mondays.