• 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.


Group of Six Artists

In 1975 the Group of Six Artists (Boris Demur, Željko Jerman, Vlado Martek, Mladen and Sven Stilinović and Fedor Vučemilović) had begun to exhibit extensively on the streets. Rather than waiting for someone to invite them for the exhibition, they themselves found venues in which to exhibit their work, bypassing the traps set by the institutions of art. They organized exhibition-actions in Zagreb: on the city beach along the bank of the Sava River, in the old center, at the University; in Belgrade, in Venice, on the beach at the Adriatic coast, and elsewhere, spontaneously, as a loose association of neo-conceptual artists realizing their ideas by appropriating a new type of exhibition context. They set up their works, which were often destructive of the prevailing aesthetic and ethical norms, on the grass, they laid them down on the road, they projected slides and films onto the walls of houses... and they performed actions which disturbed the public. The creative territory of the artists was broad and it seemed to be expanding daily. They were active in the spirit of constant rebellion varying according to the occasion. With their sudden, mostly one-day exhibition-actions, the Group of Six Artists adopted the style of guerrilla warfare. This was a resistance full of a critical spirit and imagination, simultaneously derisive and joyful. Then very young artists, they resisted all forms of ideology, and each of them waged his battle in his own way. In a democratic climate, there was much discussion about art and the works displayed.



artist collective from 1975–1981, Zagreb / HR, at that time Jugoslavija



Please follow this link for a selected bibliography available at the ERSTE Foundation Library
Mladen Stilinović, Boris Demur, Fedor Vučemilović, Vlado Martek, Sven Stilinović and Željko Jerman, Zagreb 1975
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  • Photo: Adam Sakovy
  • Photo: Adam Sakovy