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  • 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.

    The Július Koller Society – občianske združenie

    Office: Beskydská 3134/12, 811 05 Bratislava
    Registration: MV SR, VVS/1-900/90-33053
    Contact: info@juliuskollersociety.org

    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.

    Members:
    Naďa Fujáková, lawyer
    Květoslava Fulierová, artist and life partner of Július Koller
    Daniel Grúň, art historian and curator
    Aurel Hrabušický, art historian and curator
    Roman Ondák, artist
    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

     

    Partners / supporters:

    Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

     

    Photo: Lukáš Teren