Julius Koller: International conference

Julius Koller: International conference

Július Koller Society

April 14, 2009

Július Koller, U.F.O.-naut?
23 – 26 April 2009

Slovak National Gallery
Riečna 1
T: 421 254 43 0746


Conference information: sjk@sjk.sk

The Július Koller Society and the Slovak National Gallery are proud to present
the first international conference on the oeuvre of Július Koller (1939–2007).

In its stringency, obsession and peculiarity, the oeuvre of Július Koller is one of the most idiosyncratic and consistent in European art since the 1960s. Yet Koller is not only a seminal figure in the history of the neo- and post-avant-garde; his work has long been a critical inspiration for artists and intellectuals.

This first international conference on his oeuvre aims to discover new methodological and theoretical prospects for interpreting and presenting the artist’s practice, comprehensive approach and conceptual rigour 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 – are subjects of analysis and debate between local and international scholars.

Conference Programme

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Screening of films on Július Koller

Friday, 24 April 2009

10:00 Welcome, Katarína Bajcurová (Director of the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava)

Introductory note, Georg Schöllhammer (The Július Koller Society, Bratislava)

First Session 11:00-13:30
Moderated by Mária Hlavajová (BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht)

11:00 Insight Július Koller
Petra Hanáková (SNG, Bratislava)
“Diagnosis of Koller’s Inheritance”

Aurel Hrabušický (SNG, Bratislava)
“About the intelligible Július Koller and the non-intelligible Stano Filko”

12:15 Panel
László Beke (Research Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest), Branka Stipančić (freelance curator, Zagreb) and Aurel Hrabušický

Second session: 15:00–17:30
Moderated by Mária Hlavajová

15:00 Insight Július Koller
Daniel Grúň (Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava)
“Július Koller as a Collector of Cultural situations”

Jan Verwoert (writer, Berlin)
“Do the U.F.O.: On the provocative utopian Pragmatism of Július Koller”

16:15 Panel
Silvia Eiblmayr (co-comissioner for the Austrian Pavilion, 53rd Biennale di Venezia), Vít Havránek (tranzit.cz, Prague), Tom Holert (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) and Jan Verwoert


18:00 Insight Július Koller
Dušan Brozman (Bratislava)
“Yes-No: Ambiguities in Slovak Conceptual Art during Normalisation Era”

18:30 Artist’s Panel
Moderated by Kathrin Rhomberg (6th Berlin Biennale, Berlin)
Josef Dabernig (Vienna), Jiří Kovanda (Prague), Boris Ondreička (Bratislava), Florian Pumhösl (Vienna), Kateřina Šedá (Prague), Mladen Stilinović (Zagreb)

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Third Session 10:30–13:00
Moderated by Charles Esche (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)

10:30 Insight Július Koller
Lucia Gregorová (Bratislava)
“The artist and his Central-European Destiny (Reading Koller in the Socio-Political Context)”

Łukasz Ronduda (Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw)
“The Post-essentialist Artistic Activity of Július Koller”

11:45 Panel
Zuzana Bartošová (Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava), Nataša Ilić (WHW, Zagreb and 11th Istanbul Biennale), Jiří Ševčík (Academy of Fine Arts, Prague) and Łukasz Ronduda

Fourth Session 14:30–17:00
Moderated by Charles Esche

14:30 Insight Július Koller
Katarína Müllerová (SNG, Bratislava)
“Reflections on Koller’s Work in Foreign Expert Texts and his Account of the International Art Scene”

Andrea Giunta (University of Texas, Austin) “Conspiracy & Conceptualism in Latin American Art. Imageries of Institutional Destabilization”

15:45 Panel
Lynne Cooke (Dia Art Foundation, New York / Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid), Joanna Mytkowska (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw), Georg Schöllhammer and Andrea Giunta


17:30 Insight Július Koller
Vladimíra Büngerová (SNG, Bratislava)
“Koller in a Team (Koller’s cooperation with other authors, especially in association with Nová vážnosť [New Seriousness])”

18:00 Artist’s Panel
Moderated by Vít Havránek
Peter Bartoš (Bratislava), Peter Čepec (Bratislava), Ľubomír Ďurček (Bratislava), Peter Rónai (Bratislava)

Sunday, 26 April 09

10:30 Hans Ulrich Obrist: Július Koller Interview Marathon
Milan Adamčiak, László Beke, Stano Filko, Jiří Kovanda, Alex Mlynárčik, Mladen Stilinović, Tomáš Strauss, Timm Ulrichs, Jiří Valoch

Shuttle Service from Vienna:
Between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 April 2009 a free daily bus service Vienna – Bratislava – Vienna is available.
reservation: sjk@sjk.sk

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