Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst
One Man Anti Show
Opening 19/05/2017 | 7 pm
Curated by Daniel Grúň,
Kathrin Rhomberg und Georg Schöllhammer
Exhibition: 20/05 – 27/08/2017
Piazza Piero Siena 1, 39100 Bozen, Italien
Július Koller, Mníchovská kultúrna situácia (U.F.O.) / Munich Cultural Situation (U.F.O.), 1991. SW-Fotografie auf Papier / b & w photograph on paper, 40 x 59,3 cm. Photo: Courtesy Květoslava Fulierová
One Man Anti Show
20/05 – 27/08/2017
Museion presents, in collaboration with mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna and The Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, the largest retrospective ever shown of the works of Július Koller (Piešt’any, Slovacchia 1939- Bratislava, 2007). Koller is one of the most important Eastern European artists working since the 1960s, whose art had and has considerable international significance. The exhibition documents his independent contribution to the neo-avantgarde and based on painstaking research into his art and archives. Alongside works of international relevance there will be works, archive material and inedited ephemera presented. 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 – a statement that is of utmost relevance even today, given the current international political situation. 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.
Július Koller. One Man Anti Show is an exhibition project in co-operation with the mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna and the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava.
Every thursday Museion is open till 10 pm. From 6 pm entry is free and at 7 pm a free guided tour starts through the exhibitions. Our art mediators guide visitors through Museion in Italian and German and will examine the arguments in the exhibitions.
Foto: Luca Meneghel