Spatial Cities in the East and South. Gyula Kosice’s Artistic Dialogue with Hungarian and Slovak Artists

Acta Academia Artium Vilnensis


  • Katarzyna Cytlak



Slovak Art, Argentinian Art, Kinetic Art, Art of the 1950s–1970s, Art and Architecture, Horizontal Art History


The article aims to reveal similarities between the artistic approaches of the Czechoslovakian-born Argentine artist Gyula Kosice and the Slovak art scene. Referencing Polish art historian Piotr Piotrowski’s concept of “horizontal art history”, the article focuses on the artistic dialogue between kinetic and op art artists developed during the Cold War period in the countries of Central Europe and Latin America. The goal of the article is twofold. Firstly, it will expose the specificity of artistic practices and strategies developed in non-Western art scenes. It also aims to reveal certain proximities among artists, especially those engaged in kinetic and geometrical art. Adopting a transnational and transmodern approach, the text will focus on Gyula Kosice’s contact with the Slovak artist Alex Mlynárčik, established through the French art critic Michel Ragon. It will also highlight similarities between Kosice’s hydrospatial cities, Mlynárčik’s architectural proposals realised with the VAL group in the 1970s, and the concept of prospective architecture coined by Michel Ragon.

Author Biography

Katarzyna Cytlak

(b. 1979, Poland) is an art historian based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Poznań, Poland, whose research focuses on artistic creation of Central Europe and Latin America. She studies conceptual art, radical and utopian architecture, socially engaged art, and art theory in relation to post-socialist countries, seen through transmodern and transnational perspective. In 2012, she received a PhD from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina (CONICET) and at the University of San Martín, Argentina. She is a grantee of the University Paris 4 Sorbonne (Paris), the Terra Foundation for American Art (Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco), and the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (Paris). In 2018 and 2019, she participated in the CAA-Getty International Program. Selected publications include articles in Umění/Art, Eadem Utraque Europa, Telón de Fondo, Third Text, the RIHA Journal, and Modos (Universidade Estadual de Campinas).

VAL (Alex Mlynárčík, Viera Mecková, Ľudovít Kupkovič), Heliopolis, 1968-1974, ink on paper and photocollage, 90 × 90 cm, Courtesy of the VAL Group, Žilina




How to Cite

Cytlak, K. . (2022). Spatial Cities in the East and South. Gyula Kosice’s Artistic Dialogue with Hungarian and Slovak Artists: Acta Academia Artium Vilnensis. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, (105), 169–213.