• 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 Expanded Cinema action “Cutting” is paradigmatic for VALIE EXPORT’s experimental short circuits between the “apparatus” of the medium of film and the medium of the body, as part of her critical approach to media phenomena—an approach that ensured a strong structural link between technology, ideology and everyday life practice.
“Cutting” consist of a “screen action”, a “skin action” and a “body action” whereby the movie screen in its conventional function as an invisible surface for the illusionistic film image becomes transformed and appears in different materials: in parts one and two a slide projector sheds its light on two large screens made of paper that are then both cut by the artist. First she opens windows as in the facade of a house, finally revealing her own face—assuming the roles of movie star, director and editor in one person. On the second screen EXPORT cuts letters out of the paper in order to write a sentence dedicated to Marshall McLuhan, the last word being spoken by herself and manifesting the difference between written and spoken language. The third “screen,” a T-shirt showing the circular Bazooka Joe label, is worn by a man. EXPORT cuts out the label with her scissors, causing the man’s hairy skin to appear in the round opening. In the fourth and final part, “Homage à Greta Garbo”, the artist shaves a film-like vertical strip on of the breast and belly of her protagonist.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Cutting
  • Year: 1967-1968
  • Material: 7 b&w photographs and video documentation
  • Dimensions: various dimensions
  • Inventory no.: K010
  • Category: mixed media
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