An interactive visual installation whose purpose is to revive interest in the forgotten artworks, sculptures and buildings in the public space of Nitra by use of the sign This Is Art, Too.
Project authors: Association Divadelná Nitra, Juraj Novak & Richard E. Pročka
The working title of the 5. edition of This Is Art, Too is RE_publicum, a reference to one of the fundamental political transformations in our region in the 20th century, the founding of the First Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. In the course of its 20-year long existence, Nitra changed from a provincial town to a modern city, whose notable development was jump-started in the earliest decade by Mayor Karol Cobori. The attempt to establish a national style in the spirit of rondo-cubism was gradually replaced by modern and functionalist architecture. The first building designed in this period was the Business Academy, built on the site of the former cattle market, which later served as a basis for the urban development of a new quarter of Nitra and its first apartment blocks. Cobori’s conception of the New Town was crowned with a memorial dedicated to the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, raised in front of the old building of the Justice Palace – after the founding of the wartime Slovak Republic, the memorial was replaced by a sculpture of General Milan Rastislav Štefánik. The quarter also features the Red Cross House, likely the most significant piece of functionalist architecture not merely in Nitra but in all of Slovakia. It is also the only known remaining building by its author – architect František Lydie Gahura – in Slovakia. The signs to this work, as well as to another architectural relic – the Post Office – were mounted here already in 2014; in 2018, they underwent REnovation: first, the information needed to be updated, and second, these buildings remain exemplary of the architecture of the First Czechoslovak Republic.
As part of This Is Art, Too, new signs will be installed at the following sites in 2018:
- Monument of President T. G. Masaryk, Square by the Justice Palace
- Monument of M. R. Štefánik, Square by the Justice Palace
- Business Academy and a new distric of Nitra, Cintorínska, Štúrova and Osvaldova
- Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, Na Vŕšku
- Fountain with sculpture titled Desire for Recovery by J. E. Mészáros, University Hospital