• 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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On the same high plateau of civilization represented by the platform, the drama of the human being as creator unfolds. On the same level as the bird, the human experiences the experience of the bird. The human wants to be free as the bird flies. He seeks this freedom in communication; he wants to express and communicate this message of freedom. But as soon as he casts his longing in concrete form, trying to embed it in the regulated code of understandable communications, the message is extinguished. Just as the bird weakens under the wax, suffering as proxy the drama of the human persepctive, so do human motor functions likewise stiffen underneath the wax, the human freezing into a lifeless wax figure that is no longer able to communicate, although there is so much to say. Human and bird as partners/parts of an anthropomorphic sculpture, the statue (the fine arts) as a freezing of the power of visual expression (of human communication), demonstrate in the tensions between the materials - bird (symbol of fantasy and freedom), wax (symbol of lifelessness), human - and in the tensions between the forms (movement and torpor) the tragedy of human self-expression.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: ASEMIE - die Unfähigkeit sich durch Minenspiel ausdrücken zu können
  • English Title: ASEMIA - The Inability of Expressing Oneself through Facial Expressions
  • Year: 1973
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 7min, 12sec
  • Inventory no.: K448
  • Category: video
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