• 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.


Karel Malich
Starting in the 1960s, Karel Malich developed an oeuvre that dealt with topoi of the landscape and the cosmos: drawings, sketched out with only a few lines, abstract material collages and complex filigree sculptures of wire. Malich was intensively involved in contemplating his own system of viewing, reflecting his own intrinsic cosmos and writing records of the process. His work has often been read in the context of constructivism, but today it is quite clear that its inclusion in that movement is merely conditional. At the same time, his work is legitimized by a spiritual source, like that of Kandinsky and his occult contemporaries. Malich is represented on the European scene above all as a personality who radically changed the model of contemporary sculpture, dematerialized it, and connected it to energy fields associated with the widest of cosmic space.

1924, Holice v Čechách / CZ, at that time ČSSR

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