KOLLER, Július; GRÚN, Daniel; RHOMBERG, Kathrin; SCHÖLLHAMMER, Georg (eds.)
Július Koller: One Man Anti Show
The catalogue of the 2016–2017 restrospective exhibition, Július Koller: One Man Anti Show, proposing an overview of the Slovak artist’s work.
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. The artist 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. [publisher’s note]
Contributions by Daniel Grún, Aurel Hrabušický, Cristina Freire, Kathrin Rhomberg, Georg Schöllhammer, and Kvetoslava Fulierová.