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  • Roman Ondák, Loop, 2009, mixed media, installation view. Czech and Slovak pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale.

    Roman Ondák, Loop, 2009, mixed media, installation view. Czech and Slovak pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale.

    Roman Ondák

    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
    Grabbeplatz 5
    December 3, 2011–April 29, 2012

    Modern Art Oxford
    30 Pembroke Street
    March 12–May 20, 2011

    Kunsthaus Zurich
    Heimplatz 1
    June 10–August 28, 2011

    Curated by Michael Stanley

    Slovakian neo-Conceptualist Roman Ondák creates powerful works of art through seemingly simple shifts. During the 2009 Venice Biennale, he famously turned his country’s pavilion inside out, allowing the surrounding garden to occupy the building’s interior. In another recent piece, he transformed viewers into subject matter, directing gallery attendants to mark visitors’ names and heights on the museum wall in an ever-expanding drawing. For this show, his first major solo in the UK, Ondák will present two new installations that refer specifically to recent world events, prompting a reconsideration of cultural and societal relations. During the run of the show, Ondák will also complete the final leg of a separate three-venue European tour, winding up at the Fondazione Galleria Civica in Trento, Italy.

  • KRIWET, Neon Text 2, 1973, high-voltage fluorescent tubes, anodized aluminium, perspex glass, 79 2/5 x 40 x 9 4/5".

    KRIWET, Neon Text 2, 1973, high-voltage fluorescent tubes, anodized aluminium, perspex glass, 79 2/5 x 40 x 9 4/5".

    KRIWET

    Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
    Grabbeplatz 4
    February 19–June 1, 2011

    Curated by Gregor Jansen

    As Ferdinand Kriwet has often made clear, processes of reception rarely play themselves out in linear form. So perhaps it is fitting that the artist (known since the 1960s as KRIWET) would receive a major institutional retrospective in his hometown only after numerous substantial showings elsewhere. A pioneer of new-media art, this self-described concrete poet quickly expanded his range to involve explosive mixed-media image-sound collages in the public sphere utilizing mass-culture outlets ranging from wall painting, signage, and spoken word to radio, TV, and film. In Düsseldorf, a selection of 150 works—from his earliest to several new commissions—will thematize the acts of seeing and hearing. The accompanying catalogue will be the first to address the full reach of this multifaceted oeuvre.

    Translated from German by Oliver E. Dryfuss.