previews

  • “Július Koller: One Man Anti Show”

    mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
    Museumsplatz 1
    November 25 - April 17

    Curated by Daniel Grúň, Kathrin Rhomberg, and Georg Schöllhammer

    In 1971, Július Koller (1933–2007) envisioned a gallery atop a mountain in Slovakia’s High Tatras. This private, fictive space—the UFO Gallery Ganek, as it came to be known—was a liberating alternative to the official institutions of the Soviet state, a refuge where thought could flow freely and information had no limits. Though Koller’s gallery was imaginary, it was nevertheless a frame for the creation of real works, including drawings, photographs, “anti-paintings,” and cards made with a children’s printing set. This monumental retrospective, and its extensive catalogue, will put the full breadth of the artist’s production on view, placing unprecedented emphasis on Koller’s archive of printed matter: a massive collection of postcards and cheap brochures, newspaper clippings, comic strips, and other such pulp culled from everyday life.