Gerard Meulensteen, the founder of the Danubiana museum, began to collect modern art in the second half of the 1980s. His first acquisitions included works by artists from the experimental CoBrA group, whose influential figures such as Karel Appel, Constant, Lucebert, or Eugen Brands were Dutch. Later he met Walasse Ting, the Chinese-American painter, and purchased several of his works. This friendship led him to the work of Sam Francis, the American abstract artist. However, his collecting passion grew immensely after meeting Kiro Urdin, the Macedonian painter who lived in Paris at that time. His subsequent visits to art fairs and modern art exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. resulted in the steady growth of his collection, which he considered as investments in beauty and happiness, especially after meeting artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Christo, Corneille, Pierre Alechinsky, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Paul Jenkins, Hans Van de Bovenkamp and others. His interest in Slovak art was sparked when he met Slovak gallerist, Vincent Polakovič in 1994. Since then he he has become one of the greatest foreign collectors of the art of this region. Today, the Meulensteen collection forms the core of the Danubiana’s permanent collection. These pieces are on loan to the museum for free for 20 years, while it builds its own collection. Today, the nearly 200 sculptures and paintings of this collection are rotated on a regular basis.





  • Erik Šille (SK) – Feeding the Wolves | 2018 | acrylic on canvas | 200 x 200 cm
  • Joseph Klibansky (NL) – Garden of Evolution | 2012 | mixed media
  • Yuina Wada (JPN) – Happy World | 2013 | mixed media | 180 x 230 cm
  • Erik Binder (SK) – City | 2008 | acrylic on canvas | 100 x 120 cm
  • Oliver Herring (USA) – Areas for Action | 2012 | portfolio of performance documents | 50 x 35 cm
  • Oliver Herring (USA) – Areas for Action | 2012 | portfolio of performance documents | 50 x 35 cm
  • Ayako Rokkaku (JPN) – Untitled | 2007 | acrylic on canvas | 250 x 200 cm
  • Milan Lukáč (SK) – Fall | 1992 | bronze | 145 x 230 cm
  • Sam Francis (USA) – Untitled | 1988 | acrylic on canvas | 365,5 x 490 cm
  • Sam Francis (USA) – Untitled | 1946 | oil on masonite panel | 51 x 61 cm
  • Sam Francis (USA) – Untitled | 1983 | mixed media on wood | 205 x 81 cm
  • Paul Jenkins (USA) – Phenomena Ridge of the Cradle | 1985 | acrylic on canvas | 195 x 345 cm
  • Robert Combas (FR) – Les hommes poulets | 2008 | acrylic on canvas | 200 x 139 cm
  • Peter Pollág (SK) – Parachuting into Uncharted Territory | 2016 | acrylic and oil on canvas | 180 x 220 cm
  • Ilona Keserü Ilona (HU) – The Battle of Vezekény | 2003 | mixed media | 150 × 180 × 6 cm
  • Dorota Sadovská (SK) – Saint Agatha | 2004 | acrylic on canvas | 190 x 190 cm
  • Marek Ormandík (SK) – Repentance | 2008 | acrylic on canvas | 60 x 60 cm (9x)
  • Kiro Urdin (MK) – Piano Bar | 1990 | oil on canvas | 130 x 162 cm
  • Kiro Urdin (MK) – The World of the Artist | 1991 | oil on canvas | 81 x 100 cm
  • Kiro Urdin (MK) – Planetarium | 1996 – 1997 | acrylic on canvas | 800 x 290 cm
  • Svetozár Ilavský (SK) – When I am not alone at home | 2007 | mixed media | 245 x 350 cm
  • Markus Prachensky (AT) – Rythmes des Calanques | 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 105 x 140 cm
  • Günter Damisch (A) – Red Field | 1998 | oil on canvas | 250 x 210 cm
  • Kiro Urdin (MK) – Fire of Love | 2009 | oil on canvas | 135 x 90 cm
  • Jiří Načeradský (CZ) – Big Pink Dangerous | 2012 | oil on canvas | 200 x 200 cm
  • Sabhan Adam (SYR) – Untitled | 2005 | oil on canvas | 250 x 210 cm
  • Vladimír Popovič (SK) – Erotogenous Zones | 2002 | mixed media | 170 x 170 cm
  • Rudolf Sikora (SK) – From the cycle Malevič’s Grave VI | 1994 – 2005 | acrylic, wood and canvas | 300 x 300 cm
  • Rudolf Fila (SK) – Ariadne’s Thread | 1973 | oil on canvas | 145 x 110 cm
  • Jozef Jankovič (SK) – Everybody Has His Square | 1993 – 1998 | miced media | 250 x 90 cm (5x)
  • Jozef Jankovič (SK) – Left and Right | 1992 | epoxide | 220 x 155 x 152 cm
  • Karel Appel (NL) – Janine | 1962 | oil on canvas | 160 x 130 cm
  • Ad Snijders (NL) – Untitled | 1995 | oil on canvas | 200 x 150 cm
  • Karel Appel (NL) – Birth of Landscape | 1996 | oil on canvas | 140 x 200 cm
  • Karel Appel (NL) – Woman and Child | 1965 | oil on canvas | 230 x 190 cm
  • Karel Appel (NL) – Figure III | 1968 | oil on canvas | 180 x 250 cm
  • Karel Appel (NL) – Night Walk | 1968 | oil on canvas | 180 x 250 cm
  • Miroslav Cipár (SK) – Viennese Road | 1999 – 2008 | acrylic on canvas | 180 x 100 cm
  • Milan Paštéka (SK) – Angel | 1990 | oil on canvas | 120 x 100 cm
  • Viera Kraicová (SK) – In Permanent Consciousness | 1967 | oil on canvas | 130 x 98 cm
  • Vincent Hložník (SK) – The Apocalypse | 1987 | oil on canvas | 205 x 260 cm
  • Jozef Jankovič (SK) – Red Figure | 1960 | mixed media | 106 x 31 cm
  • Milos Sobaic (SRB) – A Leap Forward | 2011 | mixed media on canvas | 230 x 180 cm
  • Oto Bachorík (SK) – Delusion | 2003 | bronze | 290 cm
  • Sam Francis (USA) – Untitled | 1979 | corten steel | 195 cm
  • Svetozár Ilavský (SK) – Golf Player III. | 2007 | steel, polyester | 460 cm
  • Hans Van de Bovenkamp (USA) – Danube portal | 2006 | stainless steel | 340 x 575 x 242 cm
  • Peter Pollág (SK) – Danube Wings | 2001 | glass mosaic | 1110 cm
  • El Lissitzky (RU) – Victory over the Sun | 1923 – 2003 | aluminium and corten steel | 800 cm
  • Billio Nic (BE) – Smiling Faces | 2004 | coloured polyester | 415 cm
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz (PL) – Brothers | 2005 | corten steel | 280 cm
  • Arman (FR) – Hermes and Dionysus | 1986 | bronze | 230 cm
  • Jozef Jankovič (SK) – Limited space | 2007 | coloured epoxide, steel | 400 cm
  • Karel Appel (NL) – Looking through the Open Window | 1991 | painted bronze | 216 cm
  • Jim Dine (USA) – Double Torso | 2008 | painted bronze | 160 cm
  • Richard Hudson (GB) – Madonna | 2004 | bronze | 80 cm
  • Vladimír Kompánek (SK) – Penates | 1998 – 2003 | welded iron | 200, 200, 265 cm
  • Jozef Jankovič (SK) – Red Wedge | 1990 | epoxide, metal | 240 cm
  • Oto Bachorík (SK) – Dog’s Life | 2000 | bronze | 180 cm