Roman Ondák

Galerie Martin Janda

As his contribution to the Secession exhibition “Ausgeträumt” (The End of Dreaming), 2001–2002, the Slovakian artist Roman Ondák had Skodas—Czech cars—parked behind the Secession building in Vienna; at Museum Ludwig in Cologne in 2002, he set up a fake radio broadcast asking visitors to please, as a gesture of solidarity with recent world events, not interrupt their present activities; and for a show in 2003, he arranged for huge queues of “visitors” to wait half an hour each day in front of the Cologne Kunstverein beginning at 4 PM. So what would he do for his first substantial exhibition in a Vienna gallery?

Well, the entry room contained an oversize table. Has Ondák moved on to sculpture? Not at all. During a residency in Japan, he gave each of five hundred steelworkers a bar of chocolate and asked them to make a little sculpture out of the wrapping foil when they were done. Several

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