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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
 
Julius Koller, U.F.O.-naut?, international conference, 23–26 April 2009
 
  BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is pleased to draw your attention to Július Koller, U.F.O.-naut?, the first international conference on the artist's work, organized by the Július Koller Society and the Slovak National Gallery. The conference takes place 23 to 26 April 2009 at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava.

BAK artistic director Maria Hlavajova is a founding member of the Július Koller Society, whose aim is to preserve, research, enrich, and relate to the public the artistic legacy of Július Koller (1939-2007). A key artist and important point of reference for BAK's practice, Koller contributed to a number of exhibitions and projects over the years including: Allegoric Postcard Union (2005), Cordially Invited, episode 3, Who if not we...? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe (2004), and Now What? Dreaming a better world in six parts (2003).

The conference Július Koller, U.F.O.-naut? aims to discover new methodological and theoretical prospects for interpreting and presenting the artist's practice, the vast extent, comprehensive approach, and conceptual rigor of which is becoming increasingly evident. This and the topicality of Koller's artistic method - his strategy of using real objects, the real world, everyday life as a given program for an aesthetic operation, and an endless aesthetic displacement intended to put an end to aesthetics - are subjects of analysis and debate between local and international scholars. The conference provides new opportunities to meet and hear from Koller's most important and influential contemporaries as well as younger artists from both Eastern and Western Europe, thus enabling a reappraisal of the influence of Koller's work on post-conceptual tendencies in contemporary art. During the conference, the Slovak National Gallery and the Július Koller Society present a research exhibition of Koller's works from their collections.

To view the complete conference program, please visit: www.sng.sk.
For more information on the conference, send an e-mail to: sjk@sjk.sk.

The conference lays the groundwork for a catalogue raisonné and a large monographic exhibition at the Slovak National Gallery, scheduled for spring 2010, and followed by an international tour through major museums and art institutions.

Location: Slovak National Gallery, Riecna 1, Bratislava, Slowakia, t: 421 254 43 20 81, www.sng.sk.
 
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