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Július Koller

One Man Anti Show

25 Nov 2016 - 17 Apr 2017

Július Koller
P.F. 1981, 1980
xerox on paper, 11,8 x 16,8 cm
Photo: Archiv / archive Květoslava Fulierová
Július Koller
Antihappening. Systém subjektívnej objektivity / Antihappening. System of Subjective Objectivity, 1965
green stamp pad, ink on paper, 11,5 x 16,5 cm
© Bratislava City Gallery und/and Július Koller Society
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
Exhibition view at mumok Wien, 25.11.2016 –17.4.2017
Photo: mumok / Stephan Wyckoff
JÚLIUS KOLLER
One Man Anti Show
25 November 2016 - 17 April 2017

Július Koller (1939–2007) is one of the most important Eastern European artists working since the 1960s, whose art had and has considerable international significance. This is the most comprehensive exhibition of the Slovak artist’s work to date, documenting his independent contribution to the neo-avantgarde and based on painstaking research into his art and archives.

Koller‘s work developed in critical distance to the communist authorities and their official art, and it also questioned traditions in modernism and the conventions of the Western art business. Since the mid-1960s he designed Antihappenings and Antipictures, creating a playfully ironic oeuvre that combined a Dadaist spirit with radical-skeptical stance. Koller painted object-images in white latex and pictures of question marks that became the universal symbol of his critical view of everyday life and reality.

Koller saw tennis and table tennis as participatory art forms and here too he combined sport with political statement by demanding that the rules of the game and fair play be adhered to—as the basis of all social action. After the Prague Spring was put down, Koller began his U.F.O.naut series that challenged reality with “cultural situations” and utopias of a new, cosmohumanistic culture and future.

Curated by Daniel Grúň, Kathrin Rhomberg, and Georg Schöllhammer
Exhibition architecture by Hermann Czech
Artistic design of the archive room by Johannes Porsch
A thematic selection from the retrospective was on display from September 25, 2015, to January 11, 2016, at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art.
 
 
Selected Works
Pipilotti Rist Open My Glade (2000)
Ed van der Elsken Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967)
Santiago Sierra Obstruction of a Freeway with a Truck's Trailer (1998)
Martha Rosler Invasion (2008)
Nan Goldin Nan and Brian in Bed (1983)
Birgit Jürgenssen Nest (1979)
Tadeusz Kantor Sea Concerto (1976)
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila Pigs in the Yard (2011)
3Nós3 Intervenção VI (1980)
Wilfredo Prieto Apolitico (2001)