• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


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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

Born in Budapest, Hungary, 1970.

Lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

Bálint Havas

Born in Budapest, Hungary, 1971.

Lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

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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