Slovak artist Július Koller (1933–2007) is seen as one of the most important postwar artists from Eastern Europe. From November 25, 2016, mumok is showing the most comprehensive retrospective of Koller’s work to date, beginning with works from the early 1960s and presenting his entire oeuvre. In preparing this exhibition, the three curators Daniel Grúň, Kathrin Rhomberg, and Georg Schöllhammer were the first to systematically review the artist’s archive, which is closely interwoven with his work. From this research, they have developed a new approach toward display that reflects the full dimensions of Koller’s artistic practice. This exhibition thus presents a new appraisal of this iconic figure in postwar European art, whose importance has only been more clearly appreciated and internationally recognized over recent years. Koller’s work was made and developed under historical conditions and terms of reference that were [...]
Jakob Kolding’s work takes public space as its subject: the ramifications of architecture and urban design, the ways in which the controlled environment influences behavior. For this exhibition, he has created an installation made up of life-sized wooden silhouettes of people, the fronts of which feature black-and-white lambda prints, while the backs are left unadorned, displaying the birch grain and structural supports. Highly recognizable modernist imagery is presented in the manner of shooting gallery targets, 19th century dioramas and carnival cutouts. The works are neither purely pictorial nor truly sculptural, and the tension between the expectation and actuality of presentation, between their simultaneous flatness and three-dimensionality, serves to defamiliarize their domestic setting, demanding from the viewer a constant navigation of his own spatial experience.
The figures, by evoking ingrained archetypes both contemporary and mythological, trigger in the viewer [...]
50 years later: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 2016 is a cross-reference show on the permanent state of transformation which surrounds us, focused on the so-called conceptual art that questions the world we live in. A world in which the old forms—of work, of behavior, of art—no longer fit and new forms have yet to be outlined.
Sarah Abu Abdallah, Heba Amin, Eleanor Antin, Darren Bader, Tyler Coburn, Simon Denny, Jason Dodge, Maria Eichhorn, Dora Garcia, Liam Gillick, Melanie Gilligan, Goldin+Senneby, Pierre Huyghe, Roberto Jacoby, Hanne Lippard, Lee Lozano, Mathias Poledna, Mladen Stilinovic, UBERMORGEN
For the first time, the exhibition FLUIDITY focuses on the fluid as a defining feature of contemporary social realities against the backdrop of the art-historical discussion of the phenomenon of dematerialization. Starting from the ground-breaking publication project "Six Years - The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972" by [...]
This exhibition at Kunsthal KAdE is all about cause and effect. One thing leads to another: an apparently simple fact underlying a multitude of causal chains that govern and control the world. A series of – sometimes similar – events, in which each action is prompted by a previous one and inevitably generates the next. This is what has inspired a variety of artists to observe, induce or manipulate causal processes. The starting point of the exhibition is Der Lauf der Dinge (‘The Way Things Go’), a film made by Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss.
Der Lauf der Dinge | Fischli & Weiss
A dangling rubbish sack rotates in the air as it slowly descends, triggering a car tyre to start rolling, which makes a plank tip. That’s just the start of the 30-metre chain reaction featured in Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss’s 1987 film Der Lauf der Dinge (1987). The most ordinary objects set other things in motion by [...]
Location: Main exhibition on the second floor of the Kinsky Palace, related displays and individual artworks in the permanent exhibitions of the Kinsky Palace, Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Trade Fair Palace, Sternberg Palace, Salm Palace and Schwarzenberg Palace
Curated by: Adam Budak and curatorial representatives from each collection of the National Gallery in Prague
Publication: White Rabbit: On the Art of Giving
“The politics of generosity begins with all of us, it begins and remains in trouble, and it begins within the act.” (Rosalyn Diprose)
The gift and the act of generosity lie at the foundation of a large majority of museums, including the National Gallery in Prague. The institution was established in 1796 by a generous gesture from the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, which consisted of a group of prominent representatives of the Bohemian patriotic aristocracy and enlightened middle-class intellectuals, whose aim was to [...]