Milan Grygar


23 September – 11 November 2017

“I came to the certainty that what prevails in the world is correlation: sound is connected to the visual and the visual cannot exist without sound. Everything a human does is connected: visual and acoustic phenomena complement one another.”

Milan Grygar


P420 is pleased to announce the second solo show by the artist Milan Grygar (b.1926, Zvolen, Slovakia, lives and works in Prague).

For about half a century, starting in the mid-1960s, Milan Grygar has developed an oeuvre whose premise is the indivisible nature of the two senses occidental art has often considered separately: sight and hearing. His works are essentially linked to sound: they visually record its progress or constitute more or less detailed scores for its production.

While the first show at the gallery (Sound on Paper, 2014) presented works from the 1960s and 1970s connected with aural, visual and performative experimentation (Acoustic Drawings, Sound Plastic Drawings and Linear Scores), the exhibition that opens on 23 September in Bologna features recent works, including large canvases from the Antiphon series and watercolors on paper.

In 1996 the artist began the series entitled Antiphon, reflecting a dualism constantly balanced between visual and aural space. The canvases, which approach the relationship between sound and color in the alternation of harmony and dissonance, are often diptychs with minimal or monochromatic compositions – first with dark colors, then with increasingly bright ones in recent years – which create a strong spatial relationship.

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