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Poskládáno ze skla / Made from Glass

Sthodo la skľenčinatar – Made from Glass

Městská galerie Vlastimila Rady v Železném Brodě

3. 9.– 2 .10. 2022

 

Rudolf Dzurko

(1. 7. 1941 – 23. 6. 2013)

The work of Rudolf Dzurko was truly original. The exhibition Sthodo la skľenčinatar (Made from Glass) was a fleeting glimpse into Dzurko’s extensive oeuvre of sculptures and paintings. Gaining insight into Dzurko’s life is crucial to understanding his work. His work needs to be seen in a broader context. All his paintings and sculptures were a reflection of his life. They mirrored the turning points in his life and captured the world that surrounded him and the world he experienced. His paintings are full of real people, not mythical figures from Romani folklore, but people of flesh and blood, and oftentimes their painful fate..

The tragedy of life in Dzurko’s paintings is not lost on the attentive viewer. Dzurko worked in thematic cycles that reflected his experiences and way of thinking. He worked with the themes of freedom, the search for a home, women, creation, hunger, death, etc. The theme of time, related to the search for form and existence, is present in all his works. He lived in the Roma community, for whom he was, however, often incomprehensible. His diligence and industriousness made him a target of ridicule and insults, but everyone, not only people from the Roma community, could depend on Dzurko and find refuge with him. The White House in Skalica near Nový Bor was an important and creative place for Dzurko.

Life in the immediate proximity of nature and the acceptance of local inhabitants were the founding principles of his work. Dzurko’s uniqueness is often mistakenly based on the fact that he developed an original art form – images made of glass shards. However, Dzurko did not seek a unique technique; it derived from the circumstances in which he lived. Dzurko worked in glass factories, where he was inspired by seeing how his co-workers used waste from glass production to decorate their gardens. He experimented using the beautifully coloured waste to create images. He gradually perfected this technique, resulting in stunning works of art that undeniably belong to our common cultural heritage. Dzurko captured the world that surrounded him thanks to the depth of his soul and thanks to his talent, which he did not squander.

We can confidently assert that Dzurka was an artist, but he never considered himself as such. While he became a sought-after artist, visited by foreign curators and the Czechoslovak intellectual and artistic elite, he remained true to himself. A man with an overreaching personality, for whom fame was but a chimera.

 

The exhibition was produced by the Železný Brod Municipal Museum in collaboration with the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno with funding from the EEA.

 

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