Diversity United with Roman Ondak, Ugo Rondinone and Anri SalaFlughafen Tempelhof, Berlin June 9 – September 19, 2021 www.stiftungkunst.de
Diversity United presents an artistic tour d'horizon of Europe currently. The trans-national exhibition shows paintings, sculptures, videos, new media, photographies, installations, drawings and object of art by about 90 artists from 34 countries, including Roman Ondak, Ugo Rondinone, and Anri Sala. They represent different generations, genders and regions and their work reflects the phenomenal diversity and vitality of Europe's contemporary art scene – from Portugal to Russia, from Norway to Turkey.
The works on display shed light on themes such as freedom and democracy, migration and territory, political and personal identity, utopias and fears, which also revolve around the current pandemic. Diversity United reflects the complexity of the European idea and its social realities in a globalized world.
Spotlight: Roman Ondak
This week for our Spotlight we present Roman Ondak's Bad News, 2018.⠀
Bad News consists of a round table with three papier-mâché spheres placed on its tabletop. As is characteristic of Roman Ondak’s practice, the table, formerly a revolving worktable showing signs of wear, is a found object that most likely originates from an artisan’s workshop in Bratislava, where the artist works and lives.⠀
The three spheres were made by Ondak using pages from three different widely-read newspapers, the American The New York Times, the Russian Izvestia and the Slovakian SME. The artist collected the newspaper issues for the work throughout December 2018. The diameters of the spheres was determined by the number of printed pages of each newspaper. While the surface of each sphere appears as a cacophony of article headlines and text quotes, the artist’s selection of the visible headlines was deliberately random. It is the observer who, subtly nudged by the work’s title, might assume “bad news” when in fact they may not be any.⠀
Roman Ondak included in Sequences VIII: Elastic HoursThe Living Art Museum, Reykjavik October 6–15, 2017 www.sequences.is
We're pleased to announce Roman Ondak's participation in the eigth edition of Sequences.
While Sequences uses the term “real time” to refer to time-based media, Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours considers how the term might be applied to the experience of art making, exploring how artists manipulate time as a raw material. Stretching, echoing, and inverting hours, the works included in Sequences VIII often go beyond standardized metrics such as clocks to investigate alternative systems for measuring and experiencing time.
Find out more about the festival here: sequences.is
Roman Ondak to receive 2018 Lovis Corinth PrizeKunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg www.kunstforum.net
Esther Schipper congratulates Roman Ondak, recipient of the 2018 Lovis Corinth Prize.
Roman OndakVilla Tugendhat, Brno May 1 – 7, 2017 www. tugendhat.eu