The collection of Architecture originated in 1986 as part of the cabinet of applied arts and industrial arts upon the first purchase of the works of Vojtech Vilhan on 30 April 1986. Dr. K. Kubičková, the curator, began to build the architecture collection of the 19th and 20th centuries as a temporary collection for the prepared Gallery of Architecture, Applied Arts and Design (Galéria architektúry, úžitkového umenia a dizajnu - GAUUDI) in Bratislava. The collection grew from transfers from other institutions (particularly the Slovak National Museum) acquisitions and donations from the property and estates of architects in Slovakia. In spite of the support of the Ministry of Culture, the mayor of Bratislava, the Association of Slovak Architects (ASA, today’s Association of Architects of Slovakia) and the State /Research/ Project and Standardisation Institute in Bratislava, the GAUUDI project was not completed. The designated site of the gallery, the reconstructed palace of Count Qido Karácsonyi (built in 1883 and 1884) became part of the premises of the Presidential Palace after 1989 and thus it acquired a different purpose.
In 1990, GAUUDI operated as an independent institute of the SNG with K. Kubičková as its chief curator. However, this relative independence was short lived. In 1992, the GAUUDI Institute was closed by SNG director Juraj Žáry and the Collection of Architecture, Applied Arts and Design was created as an integral part of the SNG collections. Further purchases and donations from the estates of architects were added in the 1990s, and after 2005 sporadic acquisitions and exhibitions continued. The heterogeneous nature of the collection founded and developed in this way continues even today; the distribution of collection-archive items between the Collection of Architecture and the SNG Archive partially copes with that.

From 1986 to 1992, the collection contained works from the 1970s (V. Vilhan, G. Cimmermannová) and the works of the first generation of modernists in Slovakia, particularly the designs of M. M. Scheer (from 1923 to 1961, acquired in 1987), A. Szonyi and F. Wimmer (individual and joint works from the beginning of the 1930s until 1947, acquired in 1988 and 1990) and O. Winkler (school work from the German Technological University in Prague /1927-33/ and the designs from the period of 1936-1938, 1945 and 1951, all acquired in 1987). In 1991, this part of the collection was complemented by Wimmer’s personal archive. In addition to family and period photographs, free drawings and aquarelles from 1916 to 1919, it also contains the design of the Mask of the Egyptian, which was created for Wimmer by G. Leweke-Weyde (signed W., undated) for the masquerade ball of Bratislava’s Kunstverein art society (1885-1945) in Reduta. It not only indicates the interest of modernists in pre-classical art and the co-influence of individual arts in the creation of a modern lifestyle, but also the carnival upheaval of modernity.
Later, the key and most extensive sets of the collection, featuring the designs of builder and architect M. M. Harminc and architect M. E. Belluš, a graduate in architecture at the Prague Technical University, the two founders of architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries on the territory of Slovakia, were added, Harminc’s set contains all the phases of his work from early historizing and eclectic designs up to late designs with an inclination to the functionalist programme (in which Belluš cooperated at the beginning of his career). The continuing abundant collection of separate designs by academician Belluš, from his early work at the beginning of the 1920s to those from the middle of the 1960s represents the further development and verification of this programme. It contains the author’s essential works, implemented and non-implemented, as well as small designs and studies (including stage designs). It provides a picture of how Belluš applied his training in the tradition of classicizing Moderna (under Wágner’s student, prof. A. Engl) to various period influences: at the beginning, to avant-garde functionalist architecture (K. Honzík, of the Purist Four) and later in the period of socialist realism, even to folk architecture (particularly Renaissance from Spiš Region). The author’s typed memoirs are also deposited in the SNG Archive. This collection of works is partially the donation of authors’ daughter, architect M. Janotová, to the Slovak National Gallery; the SNG partially acquired it through a transfer from the Slovak National Museum.
The work of another founder, architect D. S. Jurkovič, is represented in the collection by five items (of which three are deposited items). The main part of his work is deposited in the Slovak National Archive in Bratislava. The work of representatives of the founders’ generations is followed by selections from the work of J. Štefanec (from 1929 to 1961), F. Čapka (from 1940 to 1980), J. Svetlík (from 1950 to 1985), L. Beisetzer (from 1942 to 1959) and J. Strumayr (from 1940 to 1972). However the extensive set of the work of modernist town planner E. Hruška, purchased from the author’s family in 1990, is of equal importance as those of Harminc and Belluš. It contains designs from the school work (undated), through early architectural designs from the 1930s and town planning designs from the 1940s, up to an extensive set of free drawings from the authors’ journeys through Slovakia and the world (Paris, Rome, Milan, Venice...). The manuscript of Hruška’s book K tvorbe urbanistického priestoru (On the Design of Town Planning Space) with the author’s drawings and analytic schemes or diagrams (1983) forms another part of this set. The early work of architect L. Foltyn, a Bauhaus graduate, is one of the newer acquisitions. It contains originals and photo documentation of his student work from Bauhaus, as well as the first designs and later manuscripts of his historiography works. The gallery purchased this work from the architect’s wife I. Mojžišová, the art historian. To date, the most recent acquisition was acquired from the author as a donation: available designs and archive documentation were donated by architect V. Dedeček, the designer of the key structures of architecture of the 1970s in Slovakia, including the reconstruction and additional structure of the premises of the SNG from 1963 and 1968-69.

Curator of the Collection of Architecture: Viera Dlháňová

The most significant acquisitions of the Collection of Architecture (selection)

1991 – Dušan Samo Jurkovič: Design of emergency family double-house with three rooms in Skalica, 1920, drawing in India ink on tracing paper, 62 × 92 cm – A 426

1988 – Endre Szonyi, František Wimmer: Danubius Residential Colony in Bratislava, undated, coloured drawing with coloured pencils on paper, 55 × 89 cm – A 205

1988 – Endre Szonyi: Central passageway in Bratislava, undated, perspective, pencil and charcoal on tracing paper, 60 × 58 cm – A 213

1987 – Michal Scheer, Financial palace in Žilina (the first study), 1928, floor plan and view, drawing in pencil on tracing paper, 24.8 × 39,6 cm – A 55

Milan Michal Harminc: Slovak National Museum in Martin, unprocessed collection – A 489

Milan Michal Harminc: Protestant church a. v. in Bratislava, 1931, unprocessed collection – A 491

Milan Michal Harminc: Palace sanatorium of dr. Szontágh in Nový Smokovec, unprocessed collection – A 461

1989 – Miloš Emil Belluš: Slovak rowing club in Bratislava-Petržalka, 1930, perspective, drawing in India ink and pencil on tracing paper, 39 × 64 cm – A 676

1989 – Miloš Emil Belluš: Iron-concrete spa bridge in Piešťany, 1930 – 1932, floor plan and view, India ink on tracing paper, á 35.5 × 168.3 – A 677

1989 – Miloš Emil Belluš: Premises of the large automated mill of the Purchasing Headquarters of Food Cooperatives (NUPOD) in Trnava, 1937 and 1941, view and floor plan, India ink on tracing paper, 37 × 56 cm and 23 × 43.6 cm – A 717

1989 – Emanuel Hruška: Town planning design for factory town of Seneffe (Belgium) for the Baťa company, 1943, print on paper, 60 × 60cm – A 415

2006 – Ladislav Foltyn: Cover for the publication Harmonielehre by Arnold Schonberg (portfolio of student projects from Bauhaus), around 1930, unprocessed collection

2009 – Vladimír Dedeček: College of Agriculture in Nitra, 1956, unprocessed collection

The most significant exhibitions of the Collection of Architecture (selection)

Emil Belluš. Architectural Work
Curator: K. Kubičková
Bratislava, SNG, 19 September – 12 November 1989

Milan Michal Harminc (1869 – 1964)
Curators: K. Kubičková and A. Zajková
Bratislava, SNG, 14 March – 12 May 1991 and Budapest, Czechoslovak Cultural and Information Centre, 25 March – (?) 1992

From Ledoux to Le Corbusier. The Forming of Modern Architecture
Curators: J. L. Avrilová, K. Kubičková (on behalf of the SNG) and A. Zajková (on behalf of the SNG), co-organizers: Ministry of Culture of the SR and Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux
Bratislava, SMG, 4 October – 17 November 1991

Odon Lechner (1854 – 1914)
Curators: L. Pusztai, A. Hadik, and K. Kubičková (on behalf of the SNG), co-organizers: Magyar Épitészeti Múzeum Budapest and Hungarian Cultural Centre in Bratislava
Bratislava, SNG, 10 October – 1 December 1991

Czech and Slovak Neo-Functionalistic Architecture. (Re-installation of the exhibition, The Poetry of Moderation. 5th biennale of architecture, Venice.)
Curators: R. Sedláková and K. Kubičková (on behalf of the SNG), co-organizer: NG Prague
Bratislava, SNG, 28 November 1991 – 2 January 1992 and Prague, Kinsky Palace, 16 January – 13 February 1992

Milan Maximilian Scheer
Curator: K. Kubičková, co-organizer: Nitra State Gallery
Nitra, NSG, 11 January – 20 February 1994

Dušan Jurkovič (1868 – 1947)
Curator: D. Bořutová, co-organizers: Magyar Épitészeti Múzeum Budapest and Slovak Institute in Budapest, Budapest, Országos Muemlékvédelmi Hivatal, 25 October – 10 December 1995

The 1960s in the Slovak Fine Arts
Commissioners: Z. Rusinová, K. Bajcurová, Ľ. Belohradská, M. Dulla, A. Hrabušický, B. Jablonská, I. Jančár, K. Kubíková, A. Marenčin, D. Poláčková, A. Schrammová, E. Trojanová and M. Zervan
SNG, Bratislava, 10 October 1995 – 25 February 1996

History of Slovak Fine Arts – 20th Century
Curator: Z. Rusinová and team
SNG, Bratislava, 7 April – 15 October 2000

Slovak Myth
Curators: K. Bajcurová, A. Kusá, A. Hrabušický, cooperation: K. Čierna, P. hanáková, E. Kurincová, P. Maráky, M. Mitášová and D. Poláčková, co-organizer: Slovak National Museum Bratislava
Bratislava, SNG and SNM, 29 September 2005 – 3 December 2005

Form follows... risk
Curators: J. Ševčíková, J. Ševčík and M. Mitášová
SNG, Bratislava, 14 August – 14 October 2007