The recently deceased Jozef Jankovič (1937-2017) was a prominent personality of post-war Slovak art. At the beginning of the 1960s he belonged to the circle of Bratislava confrontations and he soon gained recognition in the international context. In general, he wrote in particular the Obete varují sculpture, created in 1969 for the SNP Memorial in Banská Bystrica, which became a symbol of alignment with Slovak society with its own past.
The exhibition of his works in the Olomouc Art Museum follows the retrospective of the same name in the Bratislava City Gallery (September 7 - October 23, 2016). The Olomouc exhibition will present the most significant works of Jankovičs work from the late 1960s and early 1970s, the time of shaping personal art programs and reactions to the most up-to-date European artistic tendencies, when Jankovič came up with the motif of over-dimensioned human limbs. There will also be no flagship examples illustrating authors creative thinking in the following years, when a grotesque came to the word in a postmodern style, giving a peculiar sense of the search for the freedom and absurdity of the situations.
Jozef Jankovič received various important awards: the Grand Prix of the Danuvius Biennial in Bratislava (1968), the Biennale of the Young in Paris (1969), the Herder Prize (Vienna, 1983). He represented Slovakia at the Venice Biennale (1970, 1995), at the Europa-Europa East-European Avantgard exhibition in Bonn (1994) and many others. Since 1990 he has been a professor at VŠVU in Bratislava, becoming his first rector after the political changes of 1989.