Zoya Museum was opened in October 2009 and is the younger sister of Zoya Gallery located in Bratislava founded in 2005. Zoya Museum is located in the beautiful wine-growing region in the foothills of Little Carpathians near Bratislava. It is part of a newly built modern winery – Elesko Wine Park, whose architecture was awarded the award- Building of the Year 2010.
A program dedicated collector and exhibition activities of the museum focus on the Slovak art after the second half of the 20th century, but also World art from abroad. The most important part of the museum collection includes a collection of Andy Warhol works, which is also a part of the permanent exhibition. The idea to expand our collection of works of Pop Art artist had several reasons; except that we were obviously attracted by popularity and uniqueness of Andy Warhol, the fact that primarily attracted us was that this world-renowned artist has its roots and origins in Slovakia, even though probably the whole world knows his mysterious answer to the question of its origin – “I Am From Nowhere “- we know that his parents were from the picturesque village of Mikova in eastern Slovakia with traditional Rusyn culture.
The first work of this amazing Pop Art artist was added to our portfolio in 2004 (Hammer and Sickle 17/50, II.162) and since then, the collection gradually expanded and now reaches more than 130 works -including serigraphy, drawing and painting on canvas. Due to its size and diversity of the collection, it increased attention of museums and galleries in Central Europe and is in high demand among curators at home and abroad. Very successful exhibitions were Beaux-Arts Mons, Brussels, Belgium (October 2013 – January 2014); in Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan (June, 2013); the International Institute of Culture, Krakow, Poland (2012); Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Austria (2012), Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Antalya Cultural Centre, Turkey (2016). In addition to great popularity abroad, we never forget about our domestic audience in Slovakia where the collection still enjoys great popularity and success. Therefore, we strive to keep the exhibitions at least for some part of the year in their home environment in Zoya Museum in Modra. In addition to the permanent exhibition of works by Andy Warhol, the museum welcomes temporary exhibitions of contemporary European format artists. The latest most successful is a unique exhibition of sculptures and drawings by the world-renowned British sculptor Tony Cragg, winner of the Turner Prize in 1988.
Each art collection arises from a private hobby of some kind of art. Our collection of works in Zoya Gallery in Zoya Museum was established with the respect and admiration of Slovak modern art and contemporary world authors. I believe that in addition to the personal joy of the collector has from all acquired art works in the collection, the joy multiplies with every exhibition or publication used to represent and promote the work with a goal to share the unique artistic experience.
Iveta Ledecká, director of Zoya Museum
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