Jan 2020 / MRB exhibition @ Martin, SVK
Vernisáž / Opening 30. 1. 2020 o 17.00 h
Výstava potrvá do / Exhibition running Until 25. 3. 2020
Kurátorka / Curator Ivana Moncoľová
Here some images of the installation and opening. There were lots of Bazovsky original drawings showing next to MN versions, coming from all the slovak galleries. It made a very cool installation and exhibition. Turcianske luxury. Thank you!
Nov 2019 / Working meeting
We joined again in Bratislava couple of weeks before Christmas.
We hadn't met since last May in Rai's Tarragona studio, (although it is not registered here in News as the work pics we took weren't so convincing, and we're getting too old to post ourselves monkeying).
This second time we kinda started doubtful but turned out to be a mega productive working meeting. Once we decided that we were going to try to amuse while painting, and to let it run more free than lately, like back in the old days. It worked pretty well and we worked in many different series. Some amazing pieces, light but soulful, still needing some finishing and proper documentation.
Only some telephone shit photos, but let's see examples of that new easiness flowing in the studio is starting to show...
Sep 2019 / Group Show @ Nitrianska galéria, SVK
We had a room in that fantastic exhibition, in Nitra Galery, from September 13th to November 24th 2019.
The international exhibition of contemporary visual art titled Pobody Slovody / Faces of Freedom is organised by the Nitra Gallery in cooperation with the Divadelná Nitra Association on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain (in former Czechoslovakia known as the Velvet Revolution), whose primary contribution to our society is freedom.
Apr 2019 / Group Show @ Wrocław - Poland
We're sending a cuople of big paintings to this huge show.
The best central european painters
Mar 2019 / Bratislava Olympic meeting
After more than six months of being apart, Miroir Noir reunited during a few days in March in the Bratislava studio.
It was weird after so long no meeting. And after having closed the MRB project and the exhibition (that will be showing again next February in Martin (SK) City Gallery.
As a random playing theme, and after Milos's visits to Orsay we chose Manet's Olympia to play a little as a warming exercise. It took us the whole week this warming state. We still got the raw mobile pictures we took in the studio, but meh, just to get the idea thay work enough..
Jan-Feb 2019 / Still vacation!!
We're still running errnds, but here we can show that Rai has finished the studio, what a studio, and Milos has kept himself documenting and sending inspiration images from all the museums in the world...
Sep-Dec 2018 / Closed for vacation!
After closing the MRB exhibition AND all those non-stop yippy-yippy years we've decided we'll take a break . Untill next year. Rest our rusted bones and attend some matters outside the studio.
Rai is going to reconstruct the house he bought in the country. And make a sunny big and beautiful studio there.
Milos is going to spend some time in Paris and St Petersburg, exploring museums and antique shops.
Life after the 50's.
Aug 2018 / MRB Catalogue
We finally managed to get the exhibition catalogue done, and it is a beautiful 64 page book with all the paintings in the exhibition, following the hanging order and including a few of the Bazovsky's guide drawings, in spectacular folded pages inside, that we used to recreate his slovak lands universe.
June 2018 / GMAB-MRB
We're close to a very unusual Miroir Noir expo at the M.A. Bazovsky Museum (Trencin, SVK).
We've spent nearly the whole past year painting secretly some thirty reinterpretations of the not so well known landscapes drawings from the Slovak master. A trip that has been worth it. We are very proud and excited with the results.
Apr 2018 / Apócrifa Art Magazine Interview
Mar 2018 / Group Show @ Heliumcowboy Hamburg
Feb 2018 / Group Show @ Zoya Museum
Among the best slovak artists in a mega group show at the luxurious ZOYA Gallery&Museum, in Modra (SVK), homeland of the finest slovak wines.
We present those chrisantems and a couple of nevesty portraits. It will be a massive exhibition, shared with many good friends and full of new friends to make too.
Zoya Museum is no joke :) Unique space and great shows and collection.
We believe is one of the more interesting modern museums in central Europe. So we are very happy.
Jan 2018 / Happy New Year
Another sneak preview of what's coming, still a mistery to us too!!
Nov 2017 / Working Meeting
We were visiting a slovak museum, and were given an exhibition there for next June. More details on the project and the matter will not come until very close to the exhibition. We can sneak a preview of what's it going to be. Yes, some landscapes are getting ready.
Aug 2017 / Working meeting
After the relaxing period we enjoyed while working on our landscape series, we continued on our series of nudes. Another plunge into the shapes of the human body. Pleasure and pain for the painter. This series was painted on thick luxury etching paper – an unfamiliar material for us. Paper is so expressive and yields so many more sensations than canvas. At least for us, canvas is the never-ending battle of layer upon layer and (often violent) trial and error. When painting on paper, one must be much more focused at the first stages of expressivity, and be more sure of one’s brushstrokes. Quite a zen exercise after the mayhems our working together have been so far!
Please visit the new gallery 'Amore carentes' to see the whole set.
May 2017 / Nocturno opening
We were very generously hosted by all the team and city of Pelhrimov, and had a great opening.
As we did in the previous trip, we also spent a week in the studio to continue with the exploration of new ways to paint human body. We thought about calling this series 'Peep Show', which is probably too obvious, but that was the aim. Of course we enjoyed ourselves quite a lot. Although there is some post productionj to be done with the images (and proper pictures), here are a couple of sneaks.
Apr 2017 / 'Nocturno' exhibition @ Dub Gallery
'Avant le soir', acrylic on canvas, 80x130 cm, 2017.
To be shown at the forthcoming Miroir Noir exhibition @ Dub Gallery in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic. Opening May 5th. Please check the gallery 'Nocturno' to view all the pieces.
Mar 2017 / News resume
We met in Bratislava last February for a few days of frantic work. We've solved the last steps of a few landscapes and 'tree portraits' that we'd brought slightly unfinished from our meetings in Catalonia last summer and autumn. We framed and varnished them after deciding the exact measures for the different series. It ended with a bunch of beautiful massive and dark olive trees, and finally an overall general gothic approach to the mediterranean stereotypes of light and sun, again severed by our Black Mirror.
This series will be shown in a forthcoming show at Dub Gallery, in Pelhrimov. Opening next May 5th.
(we've been very lucky with the soundsystem upgrading, to a totally unexpected hi-fi top tech set)
We also had time for a series of fresh nudes on luxury etching paper, a material we usually don't work with. The great illustrator Mme čitecova gave us a full 100's pack of them as she decided she wouldn't be using them.
Oct 2016 / Landscapes Gallery
A few of the finished pieces we were painting @ Bellavista last month. Find them in the 'Amissum Lumen' (The loss of light) Gallery. Some dark trees and landscapes we did :)
Ils sont venus deux acrylic on canvas, 130x80 cm, 2016
Demi-jour acrylic on canvas, 130x80 cm, 2016
il tombe de la rosée acrylic on canvas, 100x100 cm, 2016
Evening Holm Oak Path acrylic on canvas, 80x80 cm, 2016
Sep 2016 / Working Meeting @ Bellavista
We had great fun and great weather for the whole two weeks of september that we spent at Ranbcho Bellavista. And a dog watching over us, and even taking the brush when needed.
We managed to finish a few landscapes, again dark landscapes about the early or late lights throgh the trees. We also worked on a few olive trees, were practially portraits more than landscapes. Those old ones around Bellavista, with their 500 years old or more, are really breathtaking. We tried to chase their grandeur and balanced weight. Next month we'll post the edited gallery and some previews here in the News section.
@Bellavista Rancho, september 2016.
Jul 2016 / White&Weiss or Buy MN online
May 2016 / White & Weiss auction
May 2016 / Konvent Show photo report
The exhibition and setting were really beautiful, as it always is in Konvent. We were exhibiting in the exact same space that we did our installations five years ago. In the nun's cells. Very powerful spaces that let you create a strange and trippy state of mind.
The amazing photo-report with all it's fantasy and sense of humour is done by the always more-creative-than-expected official Konvent reporter: Mr Abel Castells. Again thumbs up and big thanks to him.
Mar 2016 / 2 Exhibitions
Milos had his show @ Institut Français de Bratislava, showing his collection of illustrations for this fantastic french book on African Tales. There were some african masks from the Ivan Melichercik collection.
We also had a couple of big pieces at the Ľuboš Lehocký's curated New Slovak Surrealism Group Show at Galerie kritiků in Prague (CZR).
Feb 2016 / Bratislava working meeting
Again meeting at our new studio @ Stefanikova in Bratislava. We've continued with our Dead Flowers series, that is evolving from a tiny idea to complet the previous Marriage and Communion Series, to a solo universe that is taking us much further than expected... Soon we'll have pro pics of them.
Jan 2016 / Hell Gallery
We're in the new exciting gallery project in Barcelona: Hell Gallery
We'll be opening the space with our new exhibiting project 'Cecilismus' next May 20th.
For now you can buy prints of some of our works at their online shop
Dec 2015 / Again highlighted @ Saatchi
Back again @ Saatchi Art weekly selection, with the monster version of our successful 'Plazma Dog'
After that big thumb up, as it happens, the dog was sold within two days. But alas, not @ Saatchi! Please visit our page there!!
Nov 2015 / New Bratislava Working Meeting
And again, to end up a year full of work, travels and exhibitions, we gathered again to continue our explorations on the world of cementery paraphernalia. Old men never get tired.
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Oct 2015 / Bratislava working meeting pics
We gathered again in late September in our new studio and continued developing the floral theme.
It happened naturally that we unconsciously ended turning bridal flowers and bridal bouquets into Cementery Flowers and all that's putt aside next, to be left next to our dead kin.
It's our nature...
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Sep 2015 / MN @ Berliner Liste 2015
Aug 2015 / GMB Exhibition Catalog Presentation
M I R O I R N O I R / P A R A L E L N É S V E T Y
Derniéra výstavy a krst katalógu // Exhibition finissage and catalogue presentation.
26. august 2015 o 18.00 hodine / August 26th, from 18.00
v Galérii mesta Bratislavy, Pálffyho palác, Panská 19, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
July 2015 / Documentary Uncovering Miroir Noir: The Real Truth
We can't hide anymore this document uncovering the real truth about Miroir Noir painting group and their working methods. Shot under the influence in MN old studio in Bratislava, some three winters ago, the time has come to show people what really has been happening. (SVK-ENG emb.subs.)
By Zora Stassova Creative Studio and Nicolas Arnaud!— with Rai Escalé and Milos Kopták at UFO Bridge - Bratislava.
June 2015 / Galeria Mesto Bratislavy 'Parallel Universes' solo show
We are very proud to announce our forthcoming exhibition at Palffyho Palace, the most beautiful of the Bratislava Town Gallery (GMB) buildings. It was four years since we had our last show in Bratislava, but it has been worth waiting. Opening will be next June 9th.
We will be showing a selection of works from the four first galleries in the Gallery section here, that are:
COMUNION CANIS L. PROPTER N.
We came to the gallery with more than 30 paintings, but the power of the collection told us that the installation had to be very simple and spacious, as every one of the pieces to be shown was powerful and self explanatory, andcould even use much more blank wall in-between than what we finally could give them. So we ended turning down all redundant or superfluous pieces, until getting an essential presentation. Very pleasant and smooth to walk through, and a smart syntethisation of our work and evolution for the past nearly three years.
We must thank our collectors for their patience and collaboration, as half of the pieces here (and in Mikulov exhibition) are coming from private collections. We thought it was important to show the highlights of our rare production, so we once again bothered them with our requests and annoyances. All of them understand that we're on a mission, and they are on it with us.
Please visit our FB page for the full photo-documentary on installation and opening and after-party.
May 2015 / MN book cover
We yielded an image for the cover for a beautiful spanish poetry book, 'El sol horizontal' by Irene Jové!!
Day-break , acrylic on canvas, 100x80cm, 2010. Private Collection
Apr 2015 / Bellavista working meeting
Miroir Noir last working meeting a Bellavista, Tarragona, Spain. It has been said it happened in El Rancho Bellavista, Tamaulipas, Mexico...
See artist's residence next to Capilla de La Santa Cruz and unbelievable working open air spaces.
We joked on FB about Tarragona being so similar to Mexico, we stated that we'd been on a residence there, sponsored by Tequila El Jimador. So many of our friends asked about our mexican trip. The power of internet misinformation. Click images to see full April's fool day album @ FB.
We were painting some small-sized open-air landscapes for the first time together. They have been already sent to our main studio in Bratislava to be finished and varnished, but here's a peak for our friends that take time to be here.
They look more like Massachussets than Tarragona, but, hey ho, we're Miroir NOIR.
Mar 2015 / Exhibition @ Regionální Muzeum v Mikulově
Feb 2015 / Bratislava working meeting
During January we had our first working meeting of the year in a snowy Bratislava.
We managed to finish this big canvas that we had started with the other 'Communion' series paintings, in early 2014. We doubted on how to mix the lightness of aura and sweaters with the harsh and violent flesh-paint representation. It went well. We were also painting some bouquets. Yes.
As usual here's a non-offical picture, before the photographer makes his job. Right one now!
Druzicky-Forestier. Acrylic on canvas, 190x130, 2015
We were experimenting on some 'complementary' paintings for the forthcming exhibition @ GMBratislava, and we tried some 'wedding flower bouquets'. When reediting this post in May, here there are recent pictures of them.
Nadhera ( Beauty ) 120x100 cm, akrylic on canvas, 2015
Jan 2015 / Quitting old studio
Last elevator to the gallows, last truck with some of the big paintings, going to the new studio.
We've finally left our studio at the SVK Artist's Syndicate Building. We've been the last artists to be kicked out.Milos was there for nearly 15 years, so he was quite emotional. Click on the pictures to watch a larger selection of pictures at our FB.