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Warhol's Country
October 24, 2002   
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The Slovakian Season received a gala opening at the Center for Contemporary Art—Ujazdowski Castle (CSW), Oct. 14. It is the first project organized on such a scale in Warsaw with the purpose of presenting and promoting Slovakian modern art.

Although this Slavic country isn't too far away and it seems close to Poland in terms of culture and mentality, little is known about Slovakia in general. The ambassador of Slovakia in Poland, Magda Vasaryova, decided to change this by collaborating in the organization of The Slovakian Season series of presentations, conferences and exhibitions.

The presentation of Andy Warhol's works from the collections of the Andy Warhol Museum in Medzilaborce is a key event of The Slovakian Season.

No one questions the fact that the pop-art king set his works in America and drew inspiration from pop culture. But not everyone knows about his Lemko roots and the fact that Warhol found the tradition of eastern art and old-Slavic icons very important for his works. The exhibit portrays the American artist as Andrijko Varhol (that's what his mom called him)—an icon painter of the second half of the 20th century. As well as modern pop-art icons, the exhibit also presents genuine icons from the areas near Mikova, where Warhol's parents were born, and other Slovakian locations, as well as documents, objects which once belonged to Warhol and legendary photographs from the Factory in New York.
The exhibition is accompanied by a screening of Stanisław Mucha's film Warhol's Absolute.

The Cult of Paradox is the other exhibit at the CSW—a review of the output of three Slovakian contemporary artists of the middle generation inspired by the works of Warhol—Marko Blazo, Bohdan Hostinak and Milos Koptak.

Both exhibitions are on display through Nov. 10.

The next exhibition scheduled within The Slovakian Season—A Report From The Country featuring photographs by Martin Kollar—will be presented from Nov. 5.
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