The prestigious project Jeune Création Européenne in which the Bratislava City Gallery has participated since 2009 consists in organising international art exhibitions focused on the presentation of national art scenes of european countries.
The project has resulted from the national art exhibitions mounted by the city of Montrouge (France) with the aim to extend and support international communication and present young artists. Each of the nine participating countries of the European Union is represented by eight artists whose works are displayed in the touring exhibition without any specific subject.
The Slovak selection has been chosen by the committee comprising curators of the Bratislava City Gallery from among 60 artists. The limited number of artists does not provide the audience with an objective and comprehensive report on the contemporary art scene in Slovakia; however, it offers an overview of certain forms. The selection maps art centres in Slovakia, naturally built around art academies in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Košice.
The selected artists are characterised by a specific artistic program. Many of which have been awarded on both domestic and international art scenes. Their works reflect the influence of conceptual thinking that had a strong position on the unofficial art scene of the 1960s to 1980s (e.g. Rudolf Sikora, Juraj Bartusz, Jozef Jankovič, Vladimír Popovič, Daniel Fischer, Miloš Šejn, Ľubo Stacho) and its heritage appears, in new forms, in different periods. In the Slovak selection, a strong generation of painters is represented by Jarmila Džuppová (1984), Juraj Kollár (1981) and Dušan Mravec (1980) with their individual programs built with patience and precision. Matúš Lányi (1981) combines painting with video and installation, and Daniela Krajčová (1983) focuses on the field of animation and film, reflecting social and political issues. Boris Németh (1979) represents the wave of documentarians who perceive photography as a sensitive medium of society survey. Ivana Sláviková (1981) works with spatial media and haptic paradoxes of materials. Štefan Papčo (1983) re-defines a peculiar form of land art in spatial objects and video-installations, while confronting his personal experience of alpine country.
Mapping of the contemporary art scene creates integral part of the acquisition, publication and exhibition activities of the Bratislava City Gallery.
Apart from the presentation of Slovak and European modern and contemporary art, the gallery also focuses on the youngest generations of artists. They are supported through exhibitions and specific periodical projects such as Radislav Matuštík Scholarship (from 2004), Young Painting (from 2007) and the JCE. With its exhibition network, residency programme and a website, the JCE offers qualitatively balanced overview of the contemporary European art scene in a free and open confrontation of various art centres._