• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Little Warsaw

Little Warsaw, the Hungarian artist duo of András Gálik and Bálint Havas, working together since 1999, create situations that are realized as a consequence of context displacements of cultural entities. An object, often a work of art is taken out of its original site and placed into a different place where the commentary and unexpected reactions become definitive part of the project. In their artistic practice they analyze the relation to the tradition of artistic production, in which traditional sculpture and monument play a central role. In the case of the Body of Nefertiti in the Hungarian Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, the artists presented a body made of bronze for the famous Egyptian Queen's head and matched the two objects as a temporary action.


András Galik

1970, Budapest / HU

Bálint Havas

1970, Budapest / HU

Little Warsaw is the name of the collective of the artists András Galik and Bálint Havas, who work together since 1999. In 2004 they have received the “Grand Prix, Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga” as well as the “Orange Award, The Hague Sculpture, The Hague”.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “Little Warsaw: The Battle of Inner Truth”, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary

2010     “Little Warsaw - Later On”, Kunsthalle Münster (Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst Münster), Münster, Germany

2009     “Spiel der Wandlungen”, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

2008     “Ping-Pong”, Lada Project, Berlin, Germany

2007     “Crew Expandable”, Platan Gallery - Polish Institute in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

2006     “Little Warsaw – Sculptures”, Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria       

2005     “Little Warsaw 2002-2004”, Balen Gallery, Slavonski Brod, Croatia

2004     “Little Warsaw”, Museum het Domein, Sittard, the Netherlands   

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “One Sixth of the Earth”, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain

2011     “Joy and Disaster”, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium

2010     “Invisible Publics”, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2009     “Monument to Transformation”, City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2008     „Wessen Geschichte“, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

2007     “Sculpture talks: Power and Freedom“, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

2006     “How to Do Things?“, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005     “Travelling without Moving“, W139, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2004     “Interrupted Game“, GfZK Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany

2003     50th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

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