The proverb "When the guns roar, the muses are silent" describes the
well-known and harsh fact that in times of war there is no room for art.
A frequent flip side of armed conflict is the exact opposite - the
destruction of important cultural objects. But after their end, wars
appear in many artistic reflections.
War memorials form a separate category. One of the most recent ones, although referring to a conflict a century distant, is located at the border between the war and civilian cemeteries in Banská Bystrica, in the borough Majer. It was unveiled by the municipality on 11 November 2018, exactly 100 years after the end of the Great War. Since then, the MONUMENT received several architecture awards. According to its authors, designing it was not only a chance for reviving a reverent space that commemorates the fallen but it aims to be a space, that presents the process of forgetting and neglecting of what should be remembered. Zuzana Botiková spoke to the architects Benjamín Brádňanský and Vít Halada.
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