• 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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The video shows a performance in which VALIE EXPORT recites an action text while examining a box of chocolates from the candy maker Hofbauer. She analyzes in mock critical fashion the art business with its production and reception mechanisms by comparing the box of bonbons to an artwork. At the same time, she points up the irony of the cliché-laden "charming image of Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the rooftops of Vienna," alluding to how Austrian cultural policy at the time was still caught up in the past: "Immediately you realize that you have a work of art before you that captivates with its naturalness, choice of motifs and historical authenticity. [...] This confronts you brutally with the planar present, and in this way, for this is the nature of art, it speaks the plain truth about our trivial age."

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: die süße nummer: ein friedliches konsumerlebnis
  • English Title: the sweet number: an experience of consumption
  • Year: 1968/1969
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 6min, 10sec
  • Inventory no.: K453
  • Category: video
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