Július Koller

Slovakian artist Július Koller (1939 – 2007). Koller, a singular figure, invented conceptual tools to make sense (and sometimes nonsense) of life under Communist Czechoslovakia. His work aims to a constant questioning of the world and the cul- tural context, opening up possibilities for a humanistic utopia at unexpected places. For this exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija has chosen to reactivate some of the most significant work of Július Koller, such as Universal Futurological Question Mark (UFO), which was originally formed on a hill in 1978 by Koller and a group of kids. Recently, a question mark was formed by a group of people at the Zócalo in downtown Mexico City to be documented and presented in kurimanzutto. Koller’s strategy consisted in the use of real objects, the real world, and everyday life. A good representation of this can be seen in Ping-Pong Society, a project that Július Koller made in Bratislava in 1970; instead of an exhibition, for a period of one month he set up a ping-pong club where visitors could play. At kurimanzutto, Rirkrit Tiravanija reactivates this work installing seven ping-pong tables with political and sociological phrases distributed all over the exhibition space. A white line on the floor describes a tennis court “framing” the show and a selection of original Julius Koller’s works are also on view. In this exhibition, like in all of his work, Rirkrit Tiravanija is interested in the visitor and how he relates and interacts with the work. Visitors are invited to occupy the exhibition space and experience the reactivation of Július Koller’s work.

Slovakian artist Július Koller invented conceptual tools to make sense (and sometimes nonsense) of life under Communist Czechoslovakia. His work aims to a constant questioning of the world and the cultural context, opening up possibilities for a humanistic utopia at unexpected places. Koller’s strategy consisted in the use of real objects, the real world, and everyday life. A good representation of this can be seen in Ping-Pong Society, a project that Koller made in Bratislava in 1970; instead of an exhibition, for a period of one month he set up a ping-pong club where visitors could play. Visitors are invited to occupy the exhibition space and experience the reactivation of Koller’s work. More info about him and some other artist can be found on Whatspace.

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