• 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.


Ján Mančuška
Ján Mančuška’s work shows that potentiality is made real in concreteness, evolving narratively and poetically along the coordinates of individual lives. Two different lines remained constant in his oeuvre. On the one hand he developed the Post-Conceptual artistic tradition, which actively thematizes language in the process of narration (literary, video, performance and cinematographic language). On the other hand was his interest in recounting true, often existential stories. The movement between the elements of these two spectra—the artificiality of language and the oppressiveness of the narrated story—might be regarded as the primary locus of the power of his expression. For Mančuška, the possibilities inherent in concrete events were represented along the coordinates of an individual life. Mančuška sought to create new agency in artistic theory as well as practice.

1972, Bratislava / SK, at that time ČSSR – 2011, Praha / CZ



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