• 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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This video presents as a text performance twelve poems VALIE EXPORT wrote over the course of ten years whitout planning to publish them. Frontally facing the camera, which zooms in to show only her upper body and face, EXPORT recites her texts in a sober monotone. Among them are the well-known poem "1966" about the liberation of the poetic "I" from familial and social constraints in order to find an identity. Parallels are the artist's own life become evident. Other poems, such as "Metallene Gesten" ("Metal Gestures"), "In Zäsur" ("In Caesura") and "Ineinandergeronnene Zeit" ("Time Congealed Itself"), revolve around themes including fear, pain, body language and loneliness. This small complex of poetic works shows what a central role spoken and written language plays in EXPORT's oeuvre as dialogic extension of body language or pictoral expression.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Gedichte
  • English Title: Poems
  • Year: 1966-
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 7min, 48sec
  • Inventory no.: K457
  • Category: video
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