• 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.



The work of artistic duo Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek called KwieKulik (1971–1987) is radically unique in post-war Polish art, thanks to their socio-political engagement and their uncompromising, bold criticism of their immediate reality. KwieKulik rejected traditional means of expression and concentrated on performance, “Activities,” and the use of media in the mechanical recording and reproduction of images, objects and installations. The aim of their work was to develop an art, understood as a process, which teetered on the border between daily experience and aesthetic practice. In their private living space, KwieKulik continuously removed the boundaries between art and life by creating their own 'underground' laboratory, in which they organized lectures, screenings and exhibitions, and where they collected and documented their practice and the art world of their time in a huge archive that remains a rich resource for research.

Zofia Kulik / Przemyslaw Kwiek

(collaboration from 1971 to 1987)

1947, Wrocław / PL; 1945, Warszawa / PL



Please follow this link for a selected bibliography available at the ERSTE Foundation Library
(c) Zak Branicka, KwieKulik in their Studio of Activities, Documentation and Propagation, 1976
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