Collection of pre-1900 Paintings and Sculptures

Contains ±2,100 collection items.

The Collection of pre-1900 Paintings and Sculptures of the Bratislava City Gallery is exceptional in its scope, specialisation, and broad timeframe. It contains objects from the Gothic period until the end of the 19th century. Its composition has broadened widely following formation of the collection in the Municipal Museum (now the Bratislava City Museum), where it initially comprised a major collection of works by Viktor Tilgner, a local native sculptor, gifted by the author in 1883. These works were gradually expanded through donations, bequests, and acquisitions initiated by museum curators and local patriots. In terms of authorship and provenance, works were mainly related to the local environment, but the collection has expanded to include objects of European art (works by Dutch, Italian, German, and Flemish artists and schools). An important part of the collection consists of works commissioned by the city and its leaders, and works from local family collections, churches, monasteries, and secular institutions.

Collection of pre-1900 Drawings and Prints

Contains ±10,600 collection items.

The collection of works on paper, dating from the oldest graphic sheets, prints and drawings until 1900, was founded by delimitation of works from the Bratislava City Museum. Since 1959, the Municipal Gallery has gradually accumulated new acquisitions.

Collection of Paintings, Sculptures, Prints, Drawings and Illustrations from the Years 1900–1960

Contains ±10,300 collection items

Focus of the collection is works by artists from Bratislava and its surroundings – Karol Frech, Alojz Rigele, Jozef Blanarovits, Eugen Nemesszeghy, Róbert Kühmayer, Július Schubert, Maximilian Schurmann, Michal Staudt, Vojtech Marx, Ľudovít Pitthordt, Pavol Bán, Štefan Prohászka-Tallós; works by artists of Slovak modernism – Mikuláš Galanda, Ľudovít Fulla, Vincent Hložník, Ernest Zmeták, Imrich Weiner-Kráľ, Eugen Nevan, Ján Mudroch, Peter Matejka, Rudolf Pribiš, Miloš Alexander Bazovský, Jozef Kostka, Zoltán Palugyay, Ladislav Majerský; and works by other Slovak artists.

Collection from the Second Half of the 20th Century and of Contemporary Art

Contains ±13,000 collection items.

The Bratislava City Gallery's collection of paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, illustrations, photography, conceptual art, installation art, and other media has been systematically built up as a representative entity mapping important trends in Slovak and European art since the 1960s.