• 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 documents VALIE EXPORT's performance at the Venice Biennale in 2007, from a perspective that takes in the entire scene live at the Arsenale. We see EXPORT having a laryngoscope guided through her nose by physician Erhard Suess, assisted by her life partner Robert Stockinger. In the background, four monitors display images of her glottis while EXPORT declaims a text about power, limitations and variety of vocal expression: "I've hardly formed a sound and already it's gone; it leaves its trace in the perception of my voice by the 'others'. The instrument that is the voice plays its melody. Power and powerlessness are compositions of the voice. My voice is the trace of my individual body as it is of my social body; it sews the parts, the sewing patterns of my ephemeral identities together, but it is not my own - it speaks for itself."

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: "The voice as performance, act and body"
  • Year: 2007
  • Material: video, color, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 11min, 34sec
  • Inventory no.: K474
  • Category: video
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