• 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.


Tadej Pogačar

Tadej Pogačar’s museum actions, held at the Slovene Museum of Natural History in Ljubljana (Sleeping with Deer, Feeding Bear, Meditating with Mammoth, 1993), were collectively called No-Events Actions; these were performed without an audience and aimed at deepening his empathy towards museum artifacts. Since 1993, he has been acting as the director of his fictional Museum of Contemporary Art P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., a flexible organization with no location. He entered, as he puts it, “the museum system and used already existing elements in the museums—their collections as well as ‘non-art’ elements—so as to create new nonlinear narratives, new knowledge or a different way of thinking about history and time.” The first P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project consisted of interventions at the Modern Gallery in Ljubljana (1995), at the Museum Boymans Van Beuningen (a project for Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam, 1996), and in other locations. In addition to museums, the artist was also interested in the complex social and economic system found in cities; he therefore collaborated with various marginal social groups such as beggars (Kings of the Streets, 1995) and researched parallel economies, forced migrations and human trafficking. In 1999, he initiated a major international project involving sex workers (Code: Red) and also organized The First World Congress of Sex Workers and New Parasitism (Red Umbrellas March, Venice Biennale, 2001). Art affords Pogačar a space in which to focus on those populations that are excluded from the dominant economy. For Pogačar, dialogue and partnership with numerous organizations, activists, experts, and groups fighting for human rights is crucial, and for each project he employs different methods and procedures. He works with different issues—such as education in School’s Out (from 1997 onwards), in which he deals with the issues of knowledge, student-teacher relations, instruction, discipline, and control. He has also invented games such as MonApoly (2004), where the players learn not how to accumulate capital but instead about the geopolitics of sex work in the current era of global capitalism, activist organizations, organized crime gangs, and the like. He has furthermore archived street activities in photo series such as Public Sculpture Archive (1999–2004), Street Economy Archives (Mexico City, 2001) and Architecture for Fun (1996–2006). Tadej Pogačar is manager of the P74 Centre and Gallery in Ljubljana, which he founded in 1997.




1960, Ljubljana / SL, at that time Jugoslavija


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