Introduction

 House of Fine Arts in Nitra – the Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation is intended to be a reliable, excellent, unique, perfect, safe and thus functioning tool to achieve Peace, Good, Purity, Order, Beauty, Consecration and to help spread Christianity through fine arts, education and dissemination of wisdom in Slovakia with great influence and impact throughout the world. It is also intended to improve the living standards of the population. It is to serve the great glory of God, for the benefits and good of the entire Church and all other people. Such projects are not taking place very often, perhaps once every fifty years. The mentioned unification of premises, activities and works of art in the House of Fine Arts does not occur anywhere else in the world. The entire project thus deserves the greatest help and support. 

With God’s help and with the help of many of my friends and acquaintances, including lay people, priests, monks and nuns, I have prepared a project known as the “House of Fine Arts – the Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation” to see the light of day and to operate in a safe and reliable manner for decades. 

I have received recommendations to put the project into practice from important people who have significantly contributed and continue to contribute to the spread of Christianity, especially through the Catholic Church. 

I am especially grateful for the willingness and helpfulness of Father Bishop Mons. František Rábek, who takes care of fine arts, architecture and culture in the Church in Slovakia within the conference of bishops. 

Jozef Absolon Artist and Teache

Goal

 The goal and mission of the House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation: 

The House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation will work in the Spirit of Christianity for all people in Slovakia with great influence abroad. It is intended to help achieve Peace, Good and Beauty. Its goal is to raise the living and artistic standards of the population and improve people’s living conditions. This is to be achieved by the coordinated activities of the entire House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation, concentrated around the Shrine. 

The scope of work activities of the entire House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation will require the work of about 36 permanent employees. In Slovakia, there are more than 1,482 parishes, 2,627 churches and an uncounted number of chapels. 

The House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation will work for the benefit of the whole of Slovakia and thus for all dioceses and eparchies, serving all parishes and citizens of Slovakia. The work will be carried out by experts at low prices. 

Through fine arts, education and evangelisation, the aim of the House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation is to create lasting values worthy of God’s glory for the artistic, material and spiritual benefit of the population, for better living conditions and for strengthening health and well-being throughout Slovakia by increasing quality, improving consistency and precision of artistic and craft activities. Workshops, studios and schools that will be created within this project will be of excellent quality, better than in any other school in Slovakia. 

The House of Fine Arts will affect all areas of visual culture and expression in Slovakia. 

All activities in the workshops, studios and schools will be organised by an ordering office. All employees will be specifically guided to perform transparent, consistent, precise and responsible work. 

Each employee in the workshops, studios, schools and offices will pursue to create constant financial gain, while ensuring the safe functioning of the entire House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation. Economic agenda of the project is prepared in the Preliminary Economic Balance Sheet. The costs of building the House of Fine Arts is to reach EUR 3 million. A lot of work will be carried out at our own expense. 

The entire building of the House of Fine Arts will be constructed with the greatest possible use of all space. 

Based on the documentation from the consecration or blessing of the foundation stone by the Holy Father Pope Francis, all matters related to the construction, including the necessary funds, will be dealt with faster and easier. 

Main parts of the building of the House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation: 

Shrine 

Premises of the permanent exhibition of the History of Christianity 

Premises of the permanent exhibition of the Christian and Sacred Fine Arts 

Premises of the alternating exhibitions of the Christian and Sacred Fine Arts 

Lecture rooms 

Workshops, 2 restoration studios, United Fine Art Church School (elementary art church school and vocational art church school for goldsmiths and jewellers), chapel, depository, archive, library, living space, dining room, kitchen, shops – works of art and devotional articles, … 

Basic dimensions of the building of the House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation: 

Building height in mm 

From the basement to the top of the tower 27,000 

A tower featuring an angel is to serve primarily as a work of art and a symbol of Peace. 

Floor height 3,500 

Building length 42,750 

Building width 37,750 

Shrine 25,000 times 12,250 

Halls: History of Christianity 15,000 times 14,000 

Hall for the permanent exhibition of Christian and Sacred Fine Arts 

Hall for the alternating exhibitions of Christian and Sacred Fine Arts 

20,000 times 15,000 

Workshops, studios and schools will be located predominantly on one floor. 

Other dimensions can be found in the Art Architectural Study. 

New things can be added. 

Jozef Absolon Artist and Teacher 

Financial resources

 Financial resources will be obtained from the following activities: 

1. Art work in workshops: Development of religious objects, such as patens, chalices, monstrances, candlesticks, tabernacles, reliquaries, processional objects, and the like. 

Ceramic art work 

Metal casting art work 

Glass art work 

Wood art work 

Textile art work 

2. Restoration in restoration studios 

3. Work and services in the photo studio 

4. Works of art to order 

5. Elementary Art Church School – Art Department – funds for teachers 

6. Vocational Art Church School for goldsmiths and jewellers – funds for teachers 

7. State subsidy for the employment of graduates of these schools in the workshops and studios of the House of Fine Arts 

8. Graphic studio and printing house – 1st class quality of work 

9. Shop with Christian art – own and accepted works of art 

10. Sales exhibitions 

11. Rental of exhibition space 

12. Preparation of exhibitions, including vernissages 

13. Courses and retraining 

14. Antiquarian bookshop with Christian literature 

15. Picture framing 

16. Wedding receptions, entertainments and other celebrations 

17. Jewellery shop 

18. Small café and pastry shop 

19. Making copies of works of art 

20. Rental of works of art 

21. Admission to exhibitions 

22. Art work and work outside the House of Fine Arts 

23. Own financial contributions and payments of employees for services within the building, construction and surroundings of the entire House of Fine Arts 

24. Contributions of entrepreneurs and managers 

25. Consultancy 

26. Financial Donations 

New options 

27. 

Note: Participants will not pay for lectures. Instead, it will be possible to make financial donations for lectures. 

Jozef Absolon 

Artist and Teacher
Originator of the House of Fine Arts – 
Christian centre of fine
arts and evangelisation  

Peace, Good and Beauty

 The initial idea to develop a centre combining sacred and artistic premises originated more than three years ago. Plans, designs and materials featuring the more exact appearance of the building and its later visualisations hereby presented were developed about a year ago. Our goal is to acquire the remaining land to make the entire area available for developing a unique and significant building, which is to primarily serve as a tool to achieve Peace, Good and Beauty. The building is intended to enhance Christian fine arts, education and culture. With this goal in mind, we have established a civic association with the same name, which is a legal entity registered with the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. The association is to be the legal owner of the entire building. 

Our intention is not to remove the good aspects that Slovakia can offer, but to add what is missing. 

Peace: 

The building features the statue of an angel, which is incorporated into the building as a symbol of Peace. Peace is important for creating values. Peace allows people to rest and work. Everyone seeks permanent, eternal Peace. Being in Peace is a prerequisite for Life. Although people tend to be active and dynamic, they still need to be in Peace. 

Good: 

The Good is the result of God’s creation and is brought into all creation. The House of Fine Arts will seek to enhance the standard of living for all those who are open to the Good – the Almighty God, sanctification, purity and all the other values of the Good. A higher standard of living can be enhanced by raising the artistic, material, spiritual and financial level of people. 

Beauty: 

Beauty often fades from people’s lives. Cultivated people who are led to Beauty are capable of creating precious, valuable and wonderful things. Beauty helps people to achieve a higher standard of living.  Beauty is the work of the Almighty God, just as the Peace and the Good. The man, as the God’s instrument, is meant to create and shape it. Beauty is the elevation of the Spirit and the result of talent – artistic creation of man. 

Objective: To acquire the remaining part of the land to make the entire area available for preparation and construction of the House of Fine Arts – Christian Centre for Fine Arts and Evangelisation. 

To this end, we would like to kindly ask for your financial assistance in the form of donations and contributions. 

All donors and benefactors whose kind donations help us to acquire the land, prepare and build the House of Fine Arts, will be entitled to enjoy all of its benefits. 

Name of the bank account:
Dom výtvarného umenia Obnova Slovenska
Slovenská sporiteľna/Slovak Savings Bank 

Account No.: 

IBAN: SK94 0900 0000 0051 7570 2680 

When allocating your donations, please state your name. 

Jozef Absolon 

Artist and Teacher, Statutory Representative and Chairman of the Civic Association The House of Fine Arts 

Contact and account

Email: absolonjozef@gmail.com
(Slovak language of communication.)

Contact telephone number: 00421377415097

To this end, we would like to kindly ask for your financial assistance in the form of donations and contributions. 

All donors and benefactors whose kind donations help us to acquire the land, prepare and build the House of Fine Arts, will be entitled to enjoy all of its benefits. 

Name of the bank account: 
Dom výtvarného umenia Obnova Slovenska
Slovenská sporiteľna/Slovak Savings Bank 

Account No.: 

IBAN: SK94 0900 0000 0051 7570 2680 

When allocating your donations, please state your name. 

Jozef Absolon 

Artist and Teacher, Statutory Representative and Chairman of the Civic Association The House of Fine Arts