• 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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“ART FAN” is an art fanzine that was produced and published in Vienna between 1991 and 1997 by the artists Ariane Müller and Linda Bilda. Müller was responsible for its design and printing. This publication dates from the dawn of the desktop publishing era, and great attention was paid to its formal design. Its content was built on the theories of the Situationist International: the term “art fan” arose from an editorial attitude “that perceives only that which is found to be good and interesting, while consciously disregarding—rather than criticizing—all other things. (Linda Bilda)
From the very beginning, anonymity and “copyleft” were elements of this practice. “ART FAN” represents a subjective cross-section of 1990s artistic activity by placing unknown and (later on) very well-known artists alongside one another. The individual texts are characterized by an experimental style of writing, as well as by an interviewing style that always describes the artistic field as the site of political action.
On this, Bilda notes: “Though at first it was simply out of friendship, Ariane Müller’s idea of starting a fanzine found in me a partner and co-publisher who immediately took up this self-empowerment to join together and quickly go wherever our interest took us—and that was any place where emancipatory changes in art and in social behavior became visible during that period. “ART FAN” met with immediate interest and was taken seriously for being a text-based production that combined theory, relevant information and art scene gossip while hitting the nerve of an era that had just begun taking up discourse and more-or-less collective forms of production as its big theme.”

  • Artist: Bilda/Müller
  • Original Title: ART FAN No. 6
  • Year: 1992
  • Material: b&w magazine
  • Dimensions: Original Size: 25,5 × 21 cm (10 1/16 × 8 1/4 in.)
  • Inventory no.: K438
  • Category: magazine
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