In Nitra, but also in Slovakia, the unique project of the Association Divadelná Nitra THIS IS ART, TOO gives public visibility to overlooked or altogether forgotten works of visual art and architecture in the public space of the city – statues, monuments, reliefs, mosaics or murals, buildings, architectural complexes, churches, cemeteries. It identifies these works with a special eye-catcher with the characteristic logo of an open palm and a short text that introduces the work to passers-by. The Association launched THIS IS ART, TOO was in 2014. Every year, in cooperation with experts, the Association brings newly identified works. Initially the partners were those from the Cell for Contemporary Culture (particularly with Daniel Dido). The second and subsequent editions were carried out in cooperation with the culture theorist Juraj Novák and the art historian Richard E. Pročka, who became the new project curators. Since 2019, they have been participating in the project under the Nitra Cultural Heritage label.
The project is to raise public awareness of cultural values, to support tourism and cultural tourism, to contribute to the rediscovery of the identity of the city and its residents. The project highlights the value, meaning and uniqueness of the work itself, as well as its authors of and their contribution. In 2020, education video-trails were added to the visual installations. A dedicated website ajtotojeumenie.sk was made in 2022. To date, it contains 43 objects. Its app-version is under construction. This year also brought new carries that replaced the former ones to identify the objects in public space.
Saturday, 24. 9., 14.30 – 15:30, Svätoplukovo Square.
Nitrianske kultúrne dedičstvo , o.z./ NGO Nitra Cultural Heritage, Association Divadelná Nitra, Project This is Art, Too: Fragile Nitra.
A walk through the city with culture studies specialist Juraj Novák focusing on the fragility of the city and its people. Nitra is full of places that illustrate the fragility of fate of its people and buildings that used to be or still are here. We will remind ourselves of that which is forgotten, and learn more about that still in place. The walk begins at the Column of St Mary on Svätoplukovo Square.