• Probe 1 – The Story of Slovak (Post)Conceptual art
    12 Dec 2018 − 24 March 2019

    Prague City Gallery / Stone Bell House Curated by: Vlado Beskid and Jakub Král Loans by Kontakt: Ján Mančuška, Julius Koller, Stano Filko, Roman Ondak The exhibition will introduce Czech public into one of the crucial tendencies found in modern and contemporary Slovak art. It will focus on the origination and development of Conceptual and post-Conceptual Art within the horizon of the past fifty years in Slovakia, i.e. from the alternative, unofficial scene of the 1960s to the post-1989 legal artistic platform. The oeuvres of two generations of artists, such as Viktor Frešo, Jozef Jankovič, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová, Martin Kochan, Július Koller, Marek Kvetan, Ján Mančuška, Roman Ondák, Boris Ondreička, Monogramista T.D, Rudolf Sikora, Pavla Sceranková, Peter Rónai and Jaro Varga, will serve to present particular forms of Conceptual artistic morphology, as it was shaped by the new aesthetic criteria with their codes, in the context of time. The exhibition, held as a specific contribution to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the existence of Czechoslovakia, will go hand in hand with interventions by several Czech artists (Jan Brož, Alice Nikitinová, Vít Soukup, Pavel Sterec, Antonín Střížek, Michaela Thelenová) who will loosely contextualize selected historical, social, economic and world-view facets of our history. Their main subject of interest is the transformations of the internal social paradigm, presented the loss of the utopian outreach of our thinking in connection with the declining big ideologies.

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Oil calms the waves of the sea, but on land it makes you slip. Appeasement and abasement - these are the lubricants and anti-blocking agents which society deploys in the hope of friction-free communication, even at the cost of so many people perishing.
If I stand up, I can only move like a marionette. If I fall, I fall apart. If I sit, I cannot rest. If I lie down, I can only do so with pain. I am the building in which the self must persist without moving, in which my thoughts, desires and needs can only fight air battles.
At the focal point, the three frozen monitors rock into which the waves of lubricating oil have washed me; in the forest of cold, in the forest of the trinity, the encounter with the cold photographic image is warmer than death.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: I (BEAT (IT))
  • Year: 1978
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 39min, 25sec
  • Inventory no.: K460
  • Category: video
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