Jozef Jankovič

Narodený(á) 8. listopad 1937, Bratislava
Zomrel/a 6. červen 2017, Bratislava
A sculptor, one of the most distinctive representatives of his generation, and an initiator of public confrontations in the early 1960s. Through his expressive style and sense of black humour and ironical exaggeration, the sculptor examined the depths of an individual, the social fate of man and his existential limits. He introduced unconventional methods of artistic expression and over the years he further transformed and developed them into new forms.
painting, sculpture, graphics, design, collage




The first non-public presentation of artists entitled Confrontation 1 was held at Jankovič's studio in Bratislava. In the following years, he exhibited his works at other "confrontational" exhibitions (Confrontations 2 to 6 between 1962 and 1965).


Konfrontácia 2 (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)


Created his first assemblage from the cycle entitled Prison, to which he kept adding until 1971.
As a member of the Parabole group (1962–69), he participated in Confrontation with groups of artists from Brno in the Brno House of Arts.
Confrontation of art groups (Brno, 1963) (skupinová výstava, Brno)
Súčasné slovenské výtvarné umenie (skupinová výstava, Prague)
Creative Group Parabola (skupinová výstava, Olomouc)


Created hanging assemblages entitled Testimony from objects he found (until the end of the 1960s).
Konfrontácia 4 (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)
Parabola (skupinová výstava, Brno)
Konfrontácia 5 (Bratislava, 1964) (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)


The first independent exhibition in the Cyprián Majerník Gallery in Bratislava.
He exhibited at Sculpture Review between 1955 and 1965 in the Regional Gallery in Olomouc.
He participated in an exhibition entitled 5 Cecoslovacchi (with A. Mlynárčik, D. Valocký, S. Filko, M. Haberernová) in at Numero Galleries in Florence, Rome, Milan and Venice.
As the chairman of the Youth Committee of the Union of Slovak Visual Artists, he helped organize important exhibitions, such as the exhibition of young Slovak artists in 1966 at the IXth Congress of Art Critics AICA in Brno, in the Brno House of Art, and the international biennale of young artists Danuvius ´68 at the Bratislava House of Art. His works Great Fall and Testimony were awarded the Grand Prix Danuvius ´68.
Konfrontácia 6 (Bratislava, 1965) (skupinová výstava, Prague)
Jozef Jankovič. Plastiky. Malby (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Sculptural Balance 1955-1965 (skupinová výstava, Olomouc)
Object (skupinová výstava, Prague)


His brother L'udovít died tragically.
The first solo exhibition at the Jaroslav Král Gallery (Brno House of Art) and the first exhibition abroad at the Czechoslovak Cultural Centre in Budapest.
Tvorba mladej a strednej generácie zo sbierok SNG (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič. Plastiky (samostatná výstava, Brno)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Budapest)
Slovak Sculpture 1966 (skupinová výstava, Liberec)


Künstlerhaus art scholarship in Vienna.
Member of Q Association, a group of Czech and Slovak artists from different fields (dissolved in 1970, re-established in 1991).
Created the monumental sculptural group entitled Victims' Warning for the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica
(co-operation with architect Dušan Kuzma).
Received grant from Artists' House

Shadow I (sculpture)

Victims' Warning (sculpture)
Socha Piešťanských parkov '67 (skupinová výstava, Piešťany)
Karel Teige. Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Vienna)
Modern Slovak Art (skupinová výstava, Lübeck)
The New Ways II: Young Generation (skupinová výstava, Zlín)


Jankovič's brother Peter emigrated to Canada.
Attended the Artchemo symposium in Pardubice (East Bohemian Gallery in Pardubice), which was cut short due to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies.
Cyprián Majerník Award.
Received grant from Károlyi József Alapítvány
Received award from Cena Cypriána Majerníka

Hands (sculpture)
Jozef Jankovič. Sochy (samostatná výstava, Prague)
Jozef Jankovič. Plastiky (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)


Beside the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica, the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Kováčová was unveiled on the 25th Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising. Jankovič co-operated the Memorial with architect Anton Cimmermann.
Exhibited his works at the Vth Le Biennale de Paris in Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and was awarded one of the five prizes.
Won a scholarship the Fondation Károlyi in Vence, France.

Great Destiny (sculpture)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Oldenburg)
VI. Biennale de Paris (skupinová výstava, Paris)
Artchemo. Pardubice 1968 (skupinová výstava, Pardubice)
Artchemo (verejný program, Pardubice)


Scholarship stay at the Cité des Arts, Paris.
Represented Slovakia at the XXXVth Eposizione internazionale d´arte Biennale di Venezia.

The moving hands (sculpture)
XXXV. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte/ La Biennale di Venezia (skupinová výstava, Venice, Pavilon ČSSR)
Artchemo (skupinová výstava, Prague)
Súčasná československá grafika (skupinová výstava, Hodonín)


Symposium Forma viva in Portorož – the last big event abroad that he was allowed to attend.
Started to regularly enter his drawings in periodical drawing exhibitions.
Created his first jewellery.


Jankovič's membership in the newly established Union of Slovak Visual Artists was suspended, as a result he could not hold solo exhibitions or attend official collective exhibitions at home and abroad; his works could not be purchased for public collections, he could not publish any works or articles on art and his opportunities to cooperate with architects in the design of state commissions were limited.
The sculptural group entitled Victims' Warning for the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica was removed (in 1974, it was relocated to the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Kaliště, a partisan village burned down by the Nazis).
Created numerous drawing cycles and interpreted prints (Czechoslovakia, Maps, Arabic Cycle, Journals).
Jozef Jankovič. Kresby, grafika (samostatná výstava, Hradec Králové)


Started to work with computer graphics.
Completed the fountain in the Pošeň neighbourhood of Bratislava (destroyed in 1976).
Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Brno)


Created the relief on the facade of the Bratislava Transport Computing Centre (architect L. Jenderják).
Visited Poland and East Germany with J. Valoch and J. H. Kocman.
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Brno)
Tschechische Künstler (skupinová výstava, Düsseldorf)


11th Biennial of Graphic Art / 11. bienale grafike (skupinová výstava, Ljubljana )
Contemporary Art in private collections (skupinová výstava, Székesfehérvár)


Established contact with art collectors and organisers of exhibitions in the Ostrava region (long-term co-operation, solo exhibition at the House of Culture in Orlová and a collection of works by 46 Czech and 19 Slovak artists entitled Album 76).

Architecture VI (graphics)

Architecture VII (graphics)
Serial Works (skupinová výstava, Szeged )


His passport was seized after he allegedly exhibited one of the Albums at the 'dissident' Venice Biennale.
Continued to unofficially send small works of art to organisers of exhibitions (XIIth Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana).

Architecture I (graphics)


At the conference entitled Computer Graphics '78 in Smolenice, he and Daniel Fischer presented their works.

Architecture II (graphics)
Jozef Jankovič. Šperk (samostatná výstava, Nové Zámky)


Jozef Jankovič. Počítačová grafika 1974/79 (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Slovak Graphic Creation 1970 - 1978 (skupinová výstava, Olomouc)


At the VIIIth International Biennale of Graphics in Krakow, he was awarded 3rd prize for his graphic entitled Room at the Top.
Created glued drawings - paper reliefs and a series of small plastic works, the Landscapes (until 1984).



Participated in Aktuelle Kunst aus Osteuropa i Oldenburg and the third part of Bilder aus der Slowakei 1965-1980 at the Pragxis Galllery in Essenu.
His passport was returned.
Received award from Cena Gottfrieda Herdera


Was awarded the Herder Prize and subsequently allowed to travel to Vienna to accept the prize.
Súčasný československý umelecký šperk (skupinová výstava, Trenčín)


Visiting professor at Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in the studio of drawing of prof. A. Frohner.

Transformation (graphics)
Jankovič. Grafika (samostatná výstava, Liberec)


At the International stone sculpture symposium in Labin, Croatia created a monumental sculpture entitled Gate.
Presented computer graphics at ACM/SIGGRAPH, Exhibition of Computer Art in San Francisco, Colorado Springs, Tokyo and Don Mills, also in Dallas in 1986. Exhibitied computer graphics in Sendai, Japan as part of the Travelling Art Show and they were reinstalled in Madrid.
Jankovič. Počítačová grafika (samostatná výstava, Havířov)
Súčasná československá komorná plastika (skupinová výstava, Trenčín)


Participated in Digitart international exhibition of computer graphics in the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest.
Started to create a series of reliefs with the theme of Heads and created sculptures.

The monument (mixed media)
Rudolf Fila, Jozef Jankovič, Rudolf Sikora (skupinová výstava, Helsingborg)
A4 (skupinová výstava, Kostelec nad Černými lesy)
Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)


At the international sculpture symposium in Seoul, he created the monumental sculpture entitled Place at the Top and the statue Sebastian.
Created a number of reliefs and sculptures (Marching Monument, Ecce Homo, Following in Our Fathers´Footsteps).
On his 50th birthday, an exhibition was held at the Little Carpathian Museum in Pezinok in the House of Jan Kupecký (the biggest presentation of his work in Slovakia since 1968).

The ladder (mixed media)
Hostia Galérie H (skupinová výstava, Kostelec nad Černými lesy)


Created a monumental sculptural installation entitled E.U.R. Readmitted to the Union of Slovak Visual Artists.
Contributed to the Album In memoriam Kassák, for the Kassák Museum in Budapest.
A retrospective exhibition at the gallery of the Old Townhouse in Brno.
With programmer Imrich Bertók, he worked on the newest computers at the University of Hamburg (invited by professor H. Flessner).
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Prague)
...Igorovi Kalnému (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič. Korejský cyklus (samostatná výstava, Brno)


Travelled to Canada and the United States; after 21 years he saw his brother Peter.
Co-founder of Gerulata art association in Bratislava.
One of the protagonists at the protest meeting on 19th November in the building of the Art Centre in Bratislava that ushered in a series of large demonstrations against the regime. Elected member of the action committee of the Union of Slovak Visual Artists, participated in founding the Slovak Union of Visual Arts; successor organization to the Union of Slovak Visual Artists.
Was member of Gerulata
Smile, joke and grin (skupinová výstava, Prague)
Where you stay, Revolution? (skupinová výstava, Bochum)


Became a co-opted member of the Federal Assembly in Prague but soon gave up his political activities and did not stand as a candidate in the elections of May 1990.
Created the sculpture Red Wedge.
Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava.
Jozef Jankovič – Zásah do svedomia (samostatná výstava, Banská Bystrica )
Jozef Jankovič. Rudolf Fila (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Hulík, Jankovič, Kern, Meliš, Sikora, Tóth (skupinová výstava, Liptovský Mikuláš)
Hulík, Jankovič, Kern, Meliš, Sikora, Tóth (skupinová výstava, Liptovský Mikuláš)
Artists Tribute to Jiří Chalupecký (skupinová výstava, Prague)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Budapest)
Jozef Jankovič 1960 – 1990 (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)


Sen o múzeu (skupinová výstava, Brno)


E.P.A.D. bought his sculpture Following in Our Fathers´Footsteps (1987), which became part of the sculpture collection in La Défense, Paris.
Czech and Slovak Contemporary Art 1950 - 1992 (skupinová výstava, Novara)
Minisalon (skupinová výstava, Prague)
Insights - Czech and Slovak Contemporary Art (skupinová výstava, Cologne)
Twenty Czechoslovak Graphic (skupinová výstava, Ostrava)
Contacts ´92 (skupinová výstava, Regensburg)
Česká a slovenská kresba 1989 - 1992 (skupinová výstava, Žilina)


Participated in the exhibition entitled Space ´93, dedicated to the memory of Polymusic Space and the interrupted tradition of Statues of Piešťany Parks between 1969 and 1970 (installations Crucifix and Final Solution).
Installed a sculpture in Gürlingen entitled Left Wing and Right Wing (from 1992). Created sculptural installations entitled Incognito and Backward Glance.


Along with A. Mlynárčik and R. Sikora, he represented Slovak modern art at the exhibition entitled Europa – Europa at the Bonn Federal Museum (relief Memory of Red from 1992). Participated in Riss im Raum at Martin-Grophius-Bau in Berlin and Zachęta in Warsaw.
Professor and Head of the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava.
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Žilina)


Represented Slovakia at XLVI. Biennale di Venezia (End of One Paradigm, Accident and Coincidence I-VI).
International sculpture symposium in Labine, Croatia (monumental sculpture Raspelo).
Jozef Jankovič. Socha. Grafika (samostatná výstava, Orońsko)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Košice)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Nové Zámky)
Artchemo 1968/1969 (skupinová výstava, Prague)


Jozef Jankovič 1961 – 1964 (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Minisalon (skupinová výstava, Forth Myers)


Slovak National Gallery prepared an exhibition of his collected works dating between 1958 and 1997, accompanied by an extensive monograph.
Martin Benka Prize.
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Nitra)
Socha a objekt II. (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič. Tvorba z rokov 1958 – 1997 (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič. Sochy, reliéfy, kresby (samostatná výstava, Dunajská Streda )
Jozef Jankovič. Grafika 1959 – 1997 (samostatná výstava, Banská Bystrica )


Artist in Residence at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Awarded the state order, Pribina Cross, 1st Class.
The Order of Danica Hrvatska (for culture).
Jozef Jankovič a Rudolf Fila (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Kresby Jozefa Jankoviče (samostatná výstava, Houston)


Presented his works at the exhibition entitled Aspekten/Positionen. 50 Jahre Kunst aus Mitteleuropa 1949–1999 at Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna and at Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s–1980s at the Queens Museum of Art, New York City and at Walker Art Museum in Miami, USA.
He attended Bildhauersymposium in Greize, Germany, and entered the contest Stahlskulpturewettbewerb im Offentlichen Greizer Stadtraum (3rd prize, realisation of the statue entitled Experiment Vereinigung / Division.)
Jozef Jankovič. Socha – malba – kresba (samostatná výstava, Senica)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Hranice na Moravě)


Artist in Residence, Universidad Veracruziana, Xalapa, Mexico.
Donations (skupinová výstava, Bochum)
Art in Central Europe 1949–1999 (skupinová výstava, Barcelona)
90 Years of the Brno House of Arts (skupinová výstava, Brno)


Scholarship in Cité Internationales des Arts in Paris.
Started to work on the cycle of paintings entitled Humanised Geometry.
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)


Jozef Jankovič. Začiatky (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič. Paintings, Graphics (samostatná výstava, Brno)


The most beautiful book of the year 2003 - bibliophile edition of Rudyarda Kipling's poem entitled If, Ex Tempore 2003.


The two figures (mixed media)


Těšba 70/80 (skupinová výstava, Český Těšín)
Jozef Jankovič. Retrospektiva 1960 – 2003 (samostatná výstava, Bítov)
Jozef Jankovič. Grafika 1961 – 2003 (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)


After 32 years the Victims' Warning sculptural group was returned to its original place at the Memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica.
Worked on a cycle of computer graphics entitled Folded Artist.
Ludovít Štúr Order, 2nd class.
Jozef Jankovič. Svedectvá 1964 – 1969 (samostatná výstava, Banská Bystrica )
Jozef Jankovič. Transfiguration (samostatná výstava, Budapest)
Between Us Groups (skupinová výstava, Brno)


Jozef Jankovič. Computer Graphics (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Súčasné slovenské umenie 1960 - 2000 (skupinová výstava, Budapest)
Jozef Jankovič. Paintings, Graphics, Sculptures (samostatná výstava, Karviná)
Jozef Jankovič. Poworót do łat 60 (samostatná výstava, Krakow)
IV. New Zlin Salon (skupinová výstava, Zlín)
Private View (Josef Chloupek Collection) (skupinová výstava, Brno)


Autopoesis (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)


Awarded the Prize of the Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
Created a large statue entitled Limited Space for the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava.
International sculpture symposium Forma Viva, Portorož, Slovenia.
Hommage à Kassák 120/40 (skupinová výstava, Budapest)
Jozef Jankovič. Pro et contra (samostatná výstava, Rome)
Slovenská grafika 20. storočia (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)


Honorary title Dr.h.c. of the Technical University in Košice.
60 rokov otvorené (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)


Created the sculpture entitled Balance in the Campus of the Masaryk University in Brno.


Retrospective exhibition of works from 1985–2010 at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava.
Jozef Jankovič. Svedectvo na okraji. 1985 – 2010 (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
Jozef Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Houston)


Honorary title of Dr.h.c. of Uniwersytet artystyczny in Poznan and a solo exhibition at the Galeria Miejska Arsenal and Galeria Aula Uniwersytetu artystycznego.
Co-ordinated an exhibition and book project entitled Bratislava Confrontations in the Cyprián Majerník Gallery in Bratislava.
His monumental non-figurative composition Time from 1966 in Bratislava – Ružinov was removed because of the construction of a shopping mall.
Kalendáře pro Jindru Štreita (skupinová výstava, Bruntál)
Objects (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)
E.A. 1/2 (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)
Jankovič (samostatná výstava, Ostrava)
Jozef Jankovič. Transformácie (samostatná výstava, Blansko)


Co-operation with glass artist Palo Macho.
International glass symposium, Lednické Rovné.
Initiated and helped with the book project entitled Sculpture Works in Bratislava 1945-2012 ( and art historians S. Jankovičová and R. Popelár).
Jozef Jankovič ↔ Palo Macho (skupinová výstava, Bratislava)



Statue Private Manifestation (1968) was part of the exhibition entitled World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern, London.
His statues Attempted Encounter and Red Ladder installed in the Slovak Pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan.


The World Goes Pop (skupinová výstava, London)


Bratislava City Gallery held a retrospective exhibition entitled The Flow of Time, encompassing his work of more than fifty years. The Olomouc Museum of Art holds an exhibition with the same name in 2017.
Jozef Jankovič │Plynutie času (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)
MONODIALOGY. Jozef Jankovič and Palo Macho (samostatná výstava, Budapest)


Nitra Gallery, Slovakia, presented works by Jozef Jankovič in confrontation with the selected works of 15 sculptors - graduates from the Statue and Space studio of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, a studio which was led by Jankovič for more than 20 years.
His monumental work entitled Great Fall was presented at the exhibition Like at Home. Model Situation of Slovak Sculpture in the 20th and 21st Centuries, at Kunsthalle, Bratislava.
Imro Weiner-Kráľ Award in memoriam.
Jozef Jankovič. Graphics and Drawing (samostatná výstava, Bruntál)
Konjunkcie / Časová zhoda (skupinová výstava, Modra)
Jozef Jankovič — Flow of Time (samostatná výstava, Olomouc)
Jozef Jankovič│Nedokončená … (samostatná výstava, Bratislava)


Muzeum umění Olomouc 2011-2016