• 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.


Ion Grigorescu

Romania of the 70s, in which Ion Grigorescu starts his highly original and unexpected endeavor, is a world of complex and almost ubiquous trauma. The ideological opening at the end of the 60s - beginning of the 70s is replaced by a new path towards enclosure, this time under a new ideological frame combining mythical and isolationist nationalism with the imperatives of total and radical modernization. Simultaneously, the hierarchical social oppression, based on the model of a leadership controlling the victimized masses is refined by a horizontal form of surveillance coming from inside - the informers reporting their pairs. In this context, of an enclosed, fractured and shifting society, in which uncertainty ranges from cultural models and ideology to inter-human relations, Grigorescu comes with his fascinating artistic responses articulated in a very personal aesthetic universe. Despite their variety and relative fragmentation, the intellectual sources of his work (the conceptual art of the 70s - which he managed to access in the short period of the country’s opening -, psychoanalytical theory, Romanian spiritual tradition, etc.) are thoroughly integrated, explored and questioned by his creative and utterly free spirit.  With a high availability to formal experiment, Grigorescu observes and signifies into his particular analytical system virtually all the aspects of reality, from the limits of his own corporality to the disintegration of the society surrounding him, from the material effects of this chaos – manifested in the urban and social structure of his city – to metaphysics.



1945, București / RO


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Still from "Male and Female", 1976
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