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13 Nov 2015 – 14 Feb 2016
JÁN MANCUŠKA: First Retrospective

Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava (13 November 2015 – 14 February 2016)

Curated by Vít Havránek and Juraj Carný

Loan by Kontakt: Ján Mancuška, This is how it really happened, 2010

Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava presents the first Retrospective of the conceptual artist Ján Mancuška, which is his first big exhibition in Slovakia. Ján Mancuška (1972 – 2011) has never been considered a representative of the Slovak art scene, however, he considered himself a Slovak author living in Czechoslovakia and later in the Czech Republic. The exhibition was prepared for the Prague City Gallery by the curator Vít Havránek. In the Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava, it is the first reprise and it will be presented at the Moravian Gallery in Brno in its modified version. The retrospective exhibition is built on several years of reconstruction, on inventory of artworks and scenarios. It was developed in cooperation with the Prague City Gallery with the Ján Mancuška Estate, Andrew Kreps Gallery New York, Meyer Riegger Berlin/Karlsruhe and a long line of institutional and private borrowers.
Ján Mancuška entered the art scene in the second half of the 1990's together with Josef Bolf, Ján Šerých and Tomáš Vanek as an art group Bezhlavý jezdec (The Headless Horseman). His work is a remote continuation of Czechoslovak conceptual art of 1960's and 1970's. He himself developed two main lines – post-conceptual artistic tradition, within which he discussed language in the process of speaking (literary language, language of video, performance or film) and on the other hand, his interest in communication grew. He was fascinated by real and existential stories. The artificiality and grievousness of the shared story can thus be marked as the main focus of his works.
The exhibition is conceived chronologically, while he puts emphasis on precise re-installation of groundbreaking works of art which were generously loaned from major international and domestic collections and institutions like Centre Pompidou in Paris, Kontakt Erste Group Vienna or Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Vienna. A visitor also finds parallel lines of drawings, studies and contemporary materials which offers excursion to a "post-conceptual" study, which replaces classic art studios.

Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava, Námestie SNP 12, Bratislava