Radislav Matuštík

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Born April 18, 1929(1929-04-18)
Čejč, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Died August 18, 2006(2006-08-18) (aged 77)
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Radislav Matuštík (1929-2006) was a Slovak art historian, pedagogue and critic.

He studied at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague at the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1969 he defended his thesis on Ľudovít Fulla and was appointed a lecturer at the Comenius University. In the 1960s he published extensively on new tendencies in visual art and the avant-garde movement in Slovakia. After 1972 he was forbidden to teach and publish. In the 1980s he was involved in the activities of the "unofficial" scene, culminating in the now legendary exhibition Suterén [Basement] he curated in February 1989. His most well-know book is Predtým. Prekročenie hraníc, 1964–1971, first published in samizdat in 1972.


Zo Suterénu [From the Basement], dir. Kvetoslav Hečko, Czechoslovak Television, 1989, 23 min.
Documentary film. In Slovak with English subtitles. Source.


(in Slovak unless noted otherwise)


  • Vincent Hložník. Malba a grafika 1941-1961, Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Slovenského fondu výtvarných umení, 1962, 196 pp.
  • Bauhaus, Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Slovenského fondu výtvarných umení, 1965, 91 pp. [1]
  • Kubizmus, Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Slovenského fondu výtvarných umení, 1965, 110 pp. [2]
  • Ľudovít Fulla, Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Slovenského fondu výtvarných umení, 1966, 408 pp. [3] [4]
  • Radislav Matuštík, et al., Nové slovenské výtvarné umenie. Nástup 1957. Nástup 1961, Bratislava: Pallas, 1969, 302 pp.
  • Dürerova Apokalypsa, Bratislava: Pallas, 1970, 136 pp.
  • ...Predtým. Prekročenie hraníc, 1964–1971, 1983 (samizdat); repr., Žilina: Považská galéria umenia, 1994. [5]
  • Terén: alternatívne akčné zoskupenie 1982-1987, Bratislava: SCCA-Slovensko, 2000.
  • Ján Mathé - hľadač dobra, Result, 2010, 286 pp. [6] Review: Gabriela Rakúsová (Impulz 2011).