ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present an exhibition by Tomáš Libertíny. Libertíny born in 1979 in Slovakia, is a distinguished sculptor celebrated for ingeniously blending natural processes with artistic expression. His works are distinctive, characterized by a unique partnership with nature, especially bees, showcasing a fusion of human creativity and nature’s inherent craftsmanship.

Amsterdam Art Week Opening:
Friday, 19 January 2024 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM⁠
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam⁠

Official Opening:⁠
Saturday, 20 January 2024 from 3:00 – 5:00⁠
Tours: Jonny Niesche (1:00 PM), Adrian Kowanz (2:00 PM) & Tomáš Libertíny (3:00 PM)⁠
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam⁠

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Libertíny’s process begins by crafting the basic structure of his sculptures, which then become a foundation for the meticulous and persistent work of bee swarms. This collaboration culminates in striking sculptures, emphasizing the harmony between human creativity and natural intelligence. The resulting works are not only visually stunning but also embody a profound philosophical statement on the relationship between mankind and the natural world. While these honeycomb sculptures are inherently delicate due to their construction, the beeswax used in their making is one of nature’s most enduring materials, capable of lasting thousands of years.

His engagement with the ancient world, rooted in his personal background, is another defining characteristic of his work. Raised by a historian mother and an architect father, Libertíny developed a deep appreciation for the historical and structural foundations of different civilizations from a young age. In addition to being an avid reader, these influences are vividly reflected in his sculptures, which frequently draw upon ancient themes. Libertíny’s works Eternity and The Honeycomb Amphora, are prime examples of this blend.

Eternity, for instance, is a striking reinterpretation of the bust of Nefertiti. Crafted in 2022, this sculpture, made with the help of 60,000 bees, uses natural beeswax and pigments to symbolize resilience and timelessness, echoing the powerful nature of its ancient muse, while also alluding to royalty, hierarchy, and persistence—common themes associated with bees. Drawing on similar themes, The Honeycomb Amphora, pays tribute to the historical significance of vases, particularly ancient Greek amphorae. The 2020 sculpture embodies the multifaceted nature of these historical vessels, which often provide crucial insights into early human societies.

These sculptures are not just artistic expressions; they are narratives that weave together the foundational aspects of civilization with the natural world. In Libertíny’s art, bees are more than mere collaborators; they serve as metaphors for the principles of community, hierarchy, and societal roles that formed ancient civilizations. The collective efforts of bees in constructing the honeycomb structures of his sculptures mirror the collective endeavors of ancient humans in constructing their societies and monuments. This parallel elegantly establishes a connection between the natural world and human history.

Through his innovative methods and thematic explorations, Libertíny invites viewers to reflect on the connections between past and present, humanity and nature, and individual and collective efforts. His sculptures, a blend of natural and historical elements, offer a unique perspective on the legacy of the ancient world and the timeless impact of art and natural processes on human experience. In doing so, Libertíny continues to redefine the boundaries of contemporary sculpture, establishing himself as a unique voice in the art world.

ABOUT Tomáš Libertíny

Currently living and working in Rotterdam, through his art, Tomáš Libertíny continually explores the beauty and intelligence of nature as well as probing into the existential questions of the human mind.

Born in Slovakia, the son of an architect and a historian, he studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia focusing on engineering and design. He was awarded George Soros’s Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at The University of Washington in Seattle, where he focused on painting and sculpture. He continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in painting and conceptual design. After receiving the prestigious Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the master’s program at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he received his MFA in 2006.

Libertiny’s fascination with the beauty and intelligence of nature fuels his work with timeless yet relatable emotions. The relationship between man and nature, both psychological and physical, serves as a constant source of inspiration.

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