The Július Koller Society – civic association
Račianska 78, Bratislava 831 02
Open: Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Enter the code 1018 on the videokey at the entrance
T: +421 919 495 081
The Július Koller Society is a non-profit association established 2008 in Bratislava. The purpose and objectives of the association is to promote the works, artistic and cultural achievements of Július Koller as well as to enhance exchanges in contemporary arts and strengthen local and international cultural dialogue. In 2009, the association received a donation from Květoslava Fulierová licensing rights for the world-wide reproduction of Július Koller’s works, along with the extensive archive of the artist, which the association gradually research and publicise. The works presented on this website in the section “Archive” are property of the Július Koller Society and overall number of item counts over ten thousand.
Staff: Zlata Borůvková, Daniel Grúň
Coordinator for inclusion: Katarína Slezáková
Members: Naďa Fujáková (lawyer), Květoslava Fulierová (artist and life partner of Július Koller), Matej Gavula (artist and exhibition architect), Daniel Grúň (art historian and curator), Roman Ondak (artist and curator), Boris Ondreička (artist and curator), Kathrin Rhomberg (curator), Georg Schöllhammer (curator and editor, founder of the JKS).
Board of directors:
Naďa Fujáková, Daniel Grúň, Kathrin Rhomberg, Georg Schöllhammer
Chairman: Daniel Grúň
Július Koller (Piešťany, 1939 – Bratislava, 2007) is a cult figure of the postwar avant-gardes on both sides of the former Iron Curtain. From the early 1960s, Koller occupied a marginal position in communist Czechoslovakia, developing his work from the sidelines. Since he was rediscovered in the 1990s, he has become an important source of inspiration for artists and intellectuals around the world. Július Koller worked with radical artistic methods that distanced his work from art’s formalisms and from all kinds of aestheticism, instead he was creating “new cultural situations.” His art aimed at a “new life, a new creativity, and a new cosmo-humanistic culture.” His strategy was to use real objects and real life as his program of permanent operations, challenging the present so as to open up opportunities for alternative futures. In all his works he therefore avoided any form of technical mastery.
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Islands of Kinship strengthens the ecological and social sustainability of art institutions.
Július Koller Society is involved in a joint project between seven European art institutions called Islands of Kinship: A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions, which aims to instil more ecological and socially sustainable practices within contemporary art institutions. The goal is to deepen art institutions’ knowledge of practices that promote inclusivity and equity and to create new ways of considering ecological sustainability and climate justice in their actions.
The two-year project will start in September 2022 and continue until spring 2024. It is financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The other organizations involved in the project are the Jindřich Chalupecký Society (Prague, Czech Republic), the Faculty of Things that Can’t be Learned (Bitola/Skopje, Macedonia), the Frame Contemporary Art Finland (Helsinki, Finland), Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art – LCCA (Riga, Latvia), Temporary Gallery (Cologne, Germany) and Stroom Den Haag (The Hague, Netherlands).
Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
Kontakt Collection is an independent non-profit association based in Vienna. Its purpose is the support and promotion of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Art. www.kontakt-collection.org
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