The Austrian “Erste Bank und Sparkasse” has acquired several bank branches, which operate within the territory of the former Eastern Bloc, over the last decade. Thus, the area under the “Erste Bank’s” influence morphologically re-connects to the borders of the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The maps of the old Monarchy and the current Erstereich are almost identical. An object in the form of a geographical maquette comments on that fact.
Marcel Mališ (b. 1978, Bratislava) has a PhD degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava (2013). He focuses on the medium of painting but is not strictly restricted to this medium and sometimes wanders into the realm of object or digital photography. His works offer a critical reflection of the present time using irony and mockery. Some of his most recent solo exhibitions include: Life is Beautiful, ČIN ČIN Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak republic (2013), Tomáš Mališ Marcel Werner, Fru Fru gallery, Bratislava, Slovak republic (2011) and JACKPOT, Gallery 19, Bratislava, Slovak republic (2010). Group exhibitions include: Transcending Cultures, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2013) and Spaceship Yugoslavia, NGBK, Berlin, Germany (2011). Marcel Mališ lives and works in Bratislava.