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Roman Ondak

Roman Ondak was born in 1966 in Zilina, he lives and works in Bratislava.

Roman Ondak’s artistic interventions blur the boundaries between art and the everyday, challenging traditional hierarchies between artists and non-artists, the artwork and the spectator and between public and private domains. In presenting elements of everyday life in an art context, new perspectives on social relations and human experience arise. Ondak’s relational art practice breaks with the traditional idea of the art object - the constructed social environment becomes the art. Choosing immersion over representation, he invites viewers, friends and family, to play a vital role in his work, enlisting their own creativity in the process of following his instructions. The result is a controlled study of collective discovery and imagination.
Taking on a variety of forms, from installation and photography to drawing and performance, Ondak’s work makes subtle interventions into social and cultural structures and crosses the borders between art and everyday life, the private and the public, the personal and the institutional. For Loop, 2009, designed for the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, Ondak extended the gardens outside through the pavilion itself, playing with viewers’ experience of interior and exterior, reality and the exhibition space. In Measuring the Universe, 2007, gallery attendants marked viewers’ heights, first names, and the date of the measurement on the gallery walls, so that over time the gallery gradually accumulated the traces of thousands of visitors.

Keeping the Balance, works from the Art Collection Telekom with Roman Ondak

Group show
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Until November 21, 2020

ART-O-RAMA Salon Immatériel

Online Art Fair
August 28 - September 13, 2020

Time Present with Roman Ondak

Group show
Deutsche Bank Collection, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin
Until February 8, 2021

Taipei Dangdai 2020

Group exhibition
Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei
January 16 - 19, 2020

Activity of Matter

Group show
gb agency, Paris
From November 30th 2019 to January 11th, 2020

Art Basel 2019

Art Fair
Art Basel
12-16 June 2019

Roman Ondak, Based on True Events

Solo exhibition
Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg
19 Mai – 28 Septembre 2018

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Fair
Convention & Exhibition Centre. Wan Chai, Hong Kong
March 29 - 31, 2018

Roman Ondak, The Day Before Now

Solo show
gb agency
From Oct 14th to November 25th, 2017

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris with Roman Ondak

Solo exhibition
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Oct. 11th, 2017 - March 5th, 2018

Robert Breer and Roman Ondak. Arco

Exhibition
Arco, Madrid
Feb 22-26, 2017

Roman Ondak, The Source of Art is in the Life of a People

Solo exhibition
SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, London
29 SEPT 2016 - 6 JAN 2017

Wanderlust with Roman Ondak

Group exhibition
High Line Art, New York
May 2 – September 30, 2016

Independent New York 2016

Art Fair
March 3-6, 2016
Spring Studios, NY

Fiac 2015

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
22-25 October 2015

Roman Ondak: Ajar

A solo exhibition by Roman Ondak
gb agency
From October 18, 2014 to January 17, 2015

Take me (I'm yours)with Roman Ondak

Exhibition and performance
Monnaie de Paris
Sept 16 - Nov 8, 2015

CHOICES Paris, collectors Weekend

Gallery itinerary
Paris
29 - 31 May 2015

Roman Ondak, Storyboard

19 April–21 June 2015
Times Museum
Times Rose Garden III, Guangzhou, China

FIAC 2014

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
23 - 26 October 2014.

Roman Ondak, Some Thing

Solo show
The Common Guild, Glasgow
12 October -14 December 2014

Roman Ondak, Centre Pompidou

Group exhibition and performance
Centre Pompidou, Paris
2 July, 2014 - 7 March, 2016.

Art 45 Basel

Art Fair
Art Basel
June 19 - 22, 2014.

Frieze, New York, 2014

Frieze Art Fair
New York
May 9-12 2014

Yann Sérandour at M HKA

Group show
M HKA in Antwerpen
Untill May 11, 2014.

PER/FORM, How to do things with[out] words with Ryan Gander and Roman Ondak

Performance and video exhibition
Centro de Arte dos de Mayo, Madrid
March 23-September 22, 2014

El Hotel Eléctrico at M HKA with Robert Breer, Roman Ondak and Yann Sérandour

Group exhibition
M HKA, Antwerpen
21st February - 11th May 2014.

And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay with Roman Ondak and Pratchaya Phinthong at Clark House

Group Exhibition
Clark House, Colaba, Bombay
7th February - 30th April 2014

Roman Ondak, Escena at Reina Sofía, Madrid

Solo exhibition
Palacio de cristal, Parque del Retiro. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
September 19, 2013 - February 23, 2014

Inventing a Future

Inventing a Future, group exhibition
gb agency
January 26 - March 13, 2013

Roman Ondak at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Solo show
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
September 28 - December 16, 2012

Documenta 13

Art fair
Kassel, Germany
9 June - 16 September 2012

A common feeling

Group exhibition
gb agency
from April 21 to May 26 2012

Nord, Nord-Ouest

Group show
gb agency
From June 25 to July 25, 2009

Roman Ondak: Fluid Border

A solo show by Roman Ondak
gb agency
From April 25 to June 20, 2009

Roman Ondak: More Silent Than Ever

A solo show by Roman Ondak
gb agency
From June 8 to July 22, 2006

Petites compositions entre amis - Sequence 3

Group exhibition
gb agency
5 November to 22 December 2005

Links

Group exhibition
gb agency
13 September to 8 November 2003

Roman Ondak: Talker

Solo exhibition by Roman Ondak
gb agency
1 March to 19 April 2003

Hors-Jeu

Group exhibition
gb agency
17 February to 6 March 2001

Publications and catalogues (selection)

2018
Artist’s Book, Roman Ondak, New Observations, Editor Roman Ondak, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
2017
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, History Repeat Itself, text by Stina Toft, Koenig books, London
2012
Artist’s Book, Roman Ondak, Observations, Editor Roman Ondak, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, Notebook, Published on the occasion of the Artist of the Year 2012 prize award, edited by Deutsche Bank, texts by Elena Filipovic, Friedhelm Hütte, Christian Rattemeyer, graphic design by Kerstin Riedel
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, Time Capsule, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.
Publication, Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton and The Power Plant, Toronto
2011
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, Enter the Orbit, Kunsthaus Zurich.
Monograph Publication, Guide, Roman Ondak, Villa Arson, Centre national d’art contemporain, Nice; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; Fondazione Galleria Civica - Centro di Ricera sulla Contemporaneità, Trento, Publishers Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln and Mousse Publishing, Milan.
Exhibition Catalogue Eyes Looping for a Head to Inhabit, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Lodz.
Exhibition Catalogue ILLUMInations, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice.
Exhibition Catalogue Un’espressione geographica, Unità e Identità dell’Italia attraverso l’Arte Contemporanea, Francesco Bonami, Publisher Mousse Publishing, Milano
2010
Exhibition Catalogue, The Promises of the Past, texts by Christine Macel, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Jan Verwoert, Elena Filipovic, Igor Zabel, Dieter Roelstrate & Luiza Nader, Centre Georges Pompidou, MNAM, Paris
Exhibition Catalogue Taking Place, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Exhibition Catalogue Arte y Politica, Museo de Arte de Culiacán, Culiacán
Exhibition Catalogue We have as much time as it takes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco.
Exhibition Catalogue, The Hugo Boss Prize 2010, published following the selection of the finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize 2010, text by Jessica Morgan, publisher The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Exhibition Catalogue The Art Of Tomorrow, edited by Laura Hoptman, Yilmaz Dziewior, Uta Grosenick, published by DISTANZ Verlag, Berlin
Publication, Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe, edited by Phoebe Adler and Duncan McCorquodale, published by Black Dog Publishing, London
2009
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, Loop, Giovanni Carmine and Kathrin Rhomberg, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, Measuring the Universe, Bawag Foundation, Vienna and JRP|Ringier, Zurich. Texts by Magali Arriola, Tim Etchells, Jeanine Griffin, Bernhart Schwenk
Exhibition Catalogue, Vides, Voids, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris/Kunsthalle Bern/JRPRingier, Zurich. Text by Mathieu Copeland, Making the Invisible Visible, Interview with Roman Ondak
Exhibition Catalogue, The Quick and the Dead, text by Peter Eleey; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2008
Exhibition Catalogue, Art Sheffield 08, Yes No Other Options, Art Shefield, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum
Exhibition Catalogue, ITALIA ITALIE ITALIEN ITALY WLOCHY, ARCOS - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Milano
Exhibition Catalogue, Translocalmotion : 7th Shanghai Biennale 2008, texts by Zengxian Fang; Jiang Xu; Shanghai-Meishuguan.; Shanghai Biennale, Publishers Shanghai : Shanghai Fine Art Publ.
Exhibition Catalogue, El medio es el museo = O medio é o museo = Bitartekaria museoa da = The museum as medium, Texts by Pablo Fanego; Pedro de Llano; Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo; Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián
Exhibition Catalogue, Peripheral vision & collective body, published by Museion, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano
2007
Exhibition Catalogue, Anachronisme, text by Elena Filipovic.
Monograph Publication, Roman Ondak, Silvia Eiblmayr, Basis voor Actuele Kunst, BAK.
Good Feeling in Good Times
Roman Ondak, Good Feelings in Good Times, Pork Salad Press, Centre d’Edition Contemporaine
Exhibition Catalogue, Stardust, ou, La dernière frontière, Mac/Val, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne
Exhibition Catalogue, Passengers 1.1, texts by Daria Martin; Jens Hoffmann, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Exhibition Catalogue, Praguebiennale 3 : glocal & outsiders : connecting cultures in central Europe, texts by Gabriele Guzzo ; Giancarlo Politi, Helena Kontová ; Dadja Althenburg-Kohl, Publishers G. Politi, Milano
Exhibition Catalogue, The art of failure = Schöner scheitern, Texts by Sabine Schaschl-Cooper; Claudia Spinelli; Kunsthaus Baselland, Publishers Basel, C. Merian
2006
Catalogue Frieze Projects, Artists Commissions and Talks 2003-2005, Roman Ondak, by Melissa Gronlund,
Distributed Art Publishers, New York.
Exhibition Catalogue Sao Paulo BiennialInterview with Roman Ondak by Jens Hoffmann.
Exhibition Catalogue, Roman Ondak, Passage, Obuo Nakamura and Akiko Miyake, Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu
Exhibition Catalogue, 27a. Bienal de São Paulo : como viver junto = how to live together, Texts by Lisette Lagnado; Adriano Pedrosa; Christina Freire; José Roca; Rosa Martínez, publishers São Paulo, Brasil : Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
Exhibition Catalogue, A Ciudad Interpretada, Santiago de Compostela, texts by Pabloe Fanego, Peio Aguirre, Isabel Carlos, Suzanne Gaensheimer, Pedro de Llano, Maxime Kopsa, Carme Nogueira, Manuel Segade, Igor Zabel, Publishers Concello de Santiago
Exhibition Catalogue, Why pictures now : Fotografie, Film, Video heute, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremburg
Exhibition Catalogue, Kontak : aus der Sammlung der Erste Bank-Gruppe, works from the collection of Erste Bank Group, Museum Moderner Kunst (Austria), publishers König, Köln
2005
Exhibition Catalogue, Roman Ondak, Kölnischer Kunstverein/Walther König Verlag, texts by Frank Frangenberg, Georg Schöllhammer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Igor Zabel, publisher Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
Exhibition Catalogue, Universal Experience : arte e vita; lo sguardo del turista, Mart Rovereto, texts Francesco Bonami; Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto
Exhibition Catalogue, PragueBiennale 2 : expanded painting = acción directa, Publishers Giancarlo Politi, Milano
Exhibition Catalogue, The Populism, texts Lars Bang Larsen; Cristina Ricupero; Nicolaus Schafhausen; Šiuolaikinio meno centras, Publishers Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2004
Exhibition Catalogue, Densité ±O, Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris/ Fri-Art, Fribourg
Exhibition catalogue: Eintritt frei, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prag und Wien, Ausstellung Christine Kintisch, published by Bawag Foundation , Wien
Exhibition catalogue: Cordially invited, episode 3, text by Maria Hlavajova, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Exhibition catalogue: Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this, texts by Maria Hlavajova, Jill Winder; Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen, Artimo, Amsterdam
Exhibition catalogue: Dass die Körper sprechen, auch das wissen wir seit lange - That bodies speak has been known, texts by Hemma Schmutz, Tanja Widmann, Publishers Generali Foundation, Wien and W. König, Köln
2003
Exhibition Catalogue, Peripheries become the Center, Prague Biennale, Prague.
Exhibition Catalogue, Common Ground, BAK, Utrecht.
Publication, Roman Ondak by Igor Zabel, Cream 3, Phaidon Press.
Exhibition Catalogue, Sight Seeing, Graz, text by Werner Fenz.
Exhibition Catalogue, Trautes Heim / Cosy Home, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, texts by Julia Schäfer Katy Deepwell, Edda Hoefer, Daniel Blockwitz, Barbara Steiner, Published Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
Exhibition Catalogue, Dreams and conflicts : the dictatorship of the viewer, La Biennale di Venezia, 50th international art exhibition, Utopia Station, texts by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Publishers Skira Milano and La Biennale di Venezia
Exhibition Catalogue, Peripheries become the center, Prague Biennale 1, text by Lavinia Garulli, Publisher G. Politi, Milano
Exhibition Catalogue, Durchzug : 20 Jahre Stiftung BINZ39 = Draft, texts by Beatrix Ruf, Henry F Levy, publishers Kunsthalle Zürich
Exhibition Catalogue, Sight. Seeing : 4. Österreichische Triennale zur Fotografie - 4th Austrian Triennial on Photography , Graz, Published Fotohof, Salzburg
2002
Exhibition Catalogue, I promise it’s political, Performativität in der Kunst - performativity in art, Museum Ludwig, Köln, texts by Dorothea von Hantelmann, Marjorie Jongbloed, publishers Theater der Welt, Bonn
2001
Exhibition Catalogue, Ausgeträumt, Secession, Wien, text by Kathrin Rhomberg, Publisher Wiener Secession, Vienna
Exhibition Catalogue, Roman Ondak, Central, Museumsquartier, Wien, text by Lóránd Hegyi
Exhibition Catalogue, 8.Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, text by Roland Wäspe
Exhibition Catalogue, Common Ground, published by BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
2000
Exhibition Catalogue, Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, texts by Viktor Misiano, Igor Zabel, Marieke van Hal, Publisher Moderna galerija, Ljubljana andInternational Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam
Exhibition Catalogue, Guarene Arte 2000, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaugengo, Torino, text by Mária Hlavajová
1999
Exhibition Catalogue, Aspekte-Positionen, Fifty years of art in central Europe 1949-1999, texts by Lóránd Hegyi, Dunja Blažević, Bojana Pejic, Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Palais Liechtenstein and 20er Haus, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Fundacio Miro, Barcelona, Hansard Gallery/City Gallery, Southampton and Sammlung der modernen und gegenwartigen Kunst der Nationalgalerie, Prag
Exhibition Catalogue, Installations: Taste of Thinking by Michael Olijnyk, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
Exhibition Catalogue, Roman Ondak, Museum Ludwig, Budapest, text by Dóra Hegy, Moderna Museet Magasin, text by Dóra Hegyi, #3-4.
Exhibition Catalogue, After the Wall, texts by Bojana Pejic, David Elliott, Ludwig Muzeum, Budapest and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
1998
Exhibition Catalogue, Roman Ondak, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, text by Karel Srp
1997
Exhibition Catalogue, Manifesta 1, texts by Rosa Martínez, Viktor Misiano, Katalin Néray, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Andrew Renton, Natural History Museum, Rotterdam,
Exhibition Catalogue, Samizdat, Reed College, Portland

Roman Ondak
New Observations, 2018

Publication

Hardcover
Publisher: Walther König
ISBN: 978-3960983767
Dimensions: 22.5 x 30.5 cm
Language: English

Roman Ondak
History Repeats Itself, 2017

AALBORG, MUSEUM KUNSTEN
Catalogue ed. by Stinna Toft, Gitte Ørskou & Roman Ondak. Aalborg 2017.
184 pages

Roman Ondak
Roman Ondak, 2013

Editors Julian Heynen, Emily Korchmaros, Michael Stanley, Mirjam Varadinis.
Texts by Jörg Heiser, Julian Heynen, Mirjam Varadinis.
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
ISBN 978-3-86335-291-2

Roman Ondak
Guide, 2012

Work compilation from 2007 to 2011

English, 176 p.

Roman Ondak
LOOP, 2012

Publication

Author: Roman Ondak, Kathrin Rhomberg
Publisher: Verlag Der Buchhandlung König
Pages: 320
Language: English / Germany
ISBN-10: 3863350197
ISBN-13: 9783863350192

Roman Ondak
Observations, 2012

148 pages, 122 images
hardcover with silk screen print
29,7 x 23 cm
Editor Roman Ondak
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln/Cologne

Roman Ondak
Roman Ondak Notebook, 2012

Catalogue

Edited by Deutsche Bank
Texts by Elena Filipovic, Friedhelm Hütte, Christian Rattemeyer
Graphic design by Kerstin Riedel
German or English versions
2012
300 pages, 566 illustrations28.60 x 28.60 cmHalf cloth
ISBN 978-3-7757-3342-7

Roman Ondak
Measuring the universe, 2009

Book

Texts by Magali Arriola, Tim Etchells, Jeanine Griffin, Bernhart Schwenk
English
© Bawag Foundation Edition / Christoph Keller Editions, 2009
ISBN : 978-3-03764-024-1

Roman Ondak
Roman Ondak, 2007

Book

Texts by Silvia Eiblmayr, Maria Hlavajova, Jessica Morgan, Jan Verwoert
156 pages, English/German
Publisher:BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht / galerie im Taxilpalais, Innsbruck
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Koln, 2007
ISBN : 978-3-86560-332-6

Roman Ondak
Roman Ondak, 2004

Catalogue published by Kunstverein Köln, 2004.
Texts by Igor Zabel, Georg Schöllhammer & Frank Frangenberg. Interview from Hans Ulrich Obrist.
224 pages, German/English
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005


Exhibition view, Roman Ondak: The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, South London Gallery, 2016-2017

Exhibition view, Roman Ondak: The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, South London Gallery, 2016-2017

Exhibition view, Roman Ondak, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 2012

Exhibition view, Roman Ondak, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 2012

Exhibition view, Loop, 53rd Venice Biennale, Czech and Slovak Pavilion, 2009

Exhibition view, Loop, 53rd Venice Biennale, Czech and Slovak Pavilion, 2009

Exhibition view, Loop, 53rd Venice Biennale, Czech and Slovak Pavilion, 2009


Artworks

If, 2019
If, 2019
If, 2019
Planet V, 2018
Planet VIII, 2018
After, 2017
Double, 2017
Flags on Fire, 2017
Hidden Desert, 2017
Inside Out, 2017
Keyword, 2017
Shield, 2017
Steal Life, 2017
Vision, 2017
Awesome Rules of Language, 2016
Demarcation, 2016
Antenna, 2014
Clockwork, 2014
Mailbox, 2014
Black Hole, 2013
Open Window, 2013
Reflection, 2013
Twist, 2013
View from My Studio, 2013
Outlined Stream, 2012
Swap, 2011
Before Waiting Becomes Part of Your Life, 2010
Zone, 2010
Camouflaged Building, 2009
Loop, 2009
Loop, 2009
Loop, 2009
Failed Fall, 2008
Insiders, 2008
Here or Elsewhere, 2006
Lucky Day, 2006
Crowd, 2004
Another Day, 2003
Poster, 2003
Occupied Balcony, 2002
Tickets, Please, 2002
Tomorrows (Handshake), 2002
SK Parking, 2001
Casting Antinomads, 2000–2006
How a Sculpture Comes Into Being, 2000
Museum/Storage, 1999
This Way, Please, 1999
Freed Doorway, 1998
Our Son Watching His Parents, 1998
Unit, 1998
Communicative Consumption, 1997
Medical Adviser, 1995
Rousseau, 1995
Deserted Planet, 1994
Flat Line, 1992