The exhibition Beautiful Art presents a selection from the large collection of Gerard Meulensteen, the founder of the Danubiana. This unique event gives the viewers an opportunity to see the works created by the artists of European and world renown.
For Meulensteen the collector, art is primarily “investment in happiness in life”. He has built up his collection for over twenty years. One of the first stimuli for collecting was his personal contacts and friendships with artists that give him a “new perspective on life”. They have enabled him to regain his balance, to learn new things, to appreciate creativity and pluck up the courage to do something new and also feel the joys of life. The Meulensteen Collection focuses on contemporary classic modern art – painting, sculpture, objects and graphic art – and consists of three parts: international art (Arman, Pierre Alechinsky, Jim Dine, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Sam Francis, Paul Jenkins, Takashi Murakami, Claes Oldenburg, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Walasse Ting, Betty Woodman), Dutch art represented particularly by the protagonists of the COBRA – Karel Appel, Eugen Brands, Corneille, Lucebert. Slovak art is represented by three generations of artists, ranging from the most prestigious representatives of the 1960s (Tibor Bártfay, Albín Brunovský, Miroslav Cipár, Rudolf Fila, Vincent Hložník, Jozef Jankovič, Viera Kraicová, Vladimír Popovič, Rudolf Uher and others) and the 1980s to the young artists who appeared on the art scene at the turn of the millennium. The visitors to the Danubiana will have an opportunity to view the best works from the whole collection.