Based on True Events

Roman Ondak
May 19 – September 9, 2018

Signature, 2014 (detail)
Disassembled Remington typewriter and various found materials

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Typing the Picture, 2015
Typewriter keys, painted plywood, section of an easel
79 x 56 x 12,5 cm

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Ein Museum, 2009
Series of 12 photographs

 

Waiting for Someone to Ring at My Door, 2016 (right)
Doorbell, paint on the wall
14 x 9 x 3 cm, (doorbell), 255 x 100 x 3 cm overall

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Planet I, 2016 (left)
Painted plywood, linoleum, bowl of ladle

 

Eclipse, 2018 (right)

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

The Third Monument, 2002
2 photographs mounted on Dibond

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Demarcation, 2016 (detail)
Panel with two doorbell buttons, line cut into the wall

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Waiting for Someone to Ring at My Door, 2016
Doorbell, paint on the wall
14 x 9 x 3 cm, (doorbell), 255 x 100 x 3 cm overall

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

After, 2017
Used fire alarm box

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Hung Wardrobe, 1996
Wood, metal, string
240 x 55 x 30 cm

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Exhibition view: Based on True Events, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, 2018

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

The Third Monument, 2002 (left)
2 photographs mounted on Dibond

 

Perfect Society, 2018 (right)
Copper pipes cut from the house’s central heating, brass chain

 

Photo © Dita Lamačová

Based on True Events

Roman Ondak
Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg
May 19 – September 9, 2018
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In this exhibition featuring major recent works the internationally renowned Slovakian artist Roman Ondak takes toll of current social and political uncertainties. In a world of fake, alternative, and post facts the once reassuring epithet „based on true events" unsettles. What is true and who determines truth? And how far removed from truth is something that is only ‚based on' it? Roman Ondak's conceptual art has always teased questions like these, but never were they more topical than now.

 

Four large installation pieces are at the center of Based on True Events. In the main gallery, the installation Signature (2014) features a treasured Remington typewriter from Ondak's childhood home now disassembled into fifty individually mounted pieces. With New Observations (1995/2018), a series of mounted photographs appropriated from a 1950s book on human behavior, the artist premieres the sequel to his documenta 13 contribution Observations (1995/2011). The series of reliefs Planets I-IX, Eclipse (2016-2018) develops the artist's fascination with cosmological themes. His latest creation, Perfect Society (2018) addresses means and modes of communication and interaction. Roman Ondak rounds off this exhibition concept with smaller works that invite visitors to discover thematic and formal links between pieces. While each work can stand on its own, it is their specific collective arrangement that adds another and rather philosophical aspect to Ondak's work. Visitors and their perception of his art (and its variable crossovers) are assigned an important role in completing this presentation.

 

The works of Roman Ondak, while derived from deeply personal experience, offer universally valid and highly accessible insights. He is awarded the Lovis-Corinth-Preis 2018 for the humanistic and global vision of his ingenious art.

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