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.
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Until November 21, 2020
Online Art Fair
August 28 - September 13, 2020
Deutsche Bank Collection, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin
Until February 8, 2021
Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei
January 16 - 19, 2020
gb agency, Paris
From November 30th 2019 to January 11th, 2020
12-16 June 2019
Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg
19 Mai – 28 Septembre 2018
Convention & Exhibition Centre. Wan Chai, Hong Kong
March 29 - 31, 2018
From Oct 14th to November 25th, 2017
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Oct. 11th, 2017 - March 5th, 2018
Feb 22-26, 2017
SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, London
29 SEPT 2016 - 6 JAN 2017
High Line Art, New York
May 2 – September 30, 2016
March 3-6, 2016
Spring Studios, NY
Grand Palais, Paris
22-25 October 2015
A solo exhibition by Roman Ondak
From October 18, 2014 to January 17, 2015
Exhibition and performance
Monnaie de Paris
Sept 16 - Nov 8, 2015
29 - 31 May 2015
19 April–21 June 2015
Times Rose Garden III, Guangzhou, China
Grand Palais, Paris
23 - 26 October 2014.
The Common Guild, Glasgow
12 October -14 December 2014
Group exhibition and performance
Centre Pompidou, Paris
2 July, 2014 - 7 March, 2016.
June 19 - 22, 2014.
Frieze Art Fair
May 9-12 2014
M HKA in Antwerpen
Untill May 11, 2014.
Performance and video exhibition
Centro de Arte dos de Mayo, Madrid
March 23-September 22, 2014
M HKA, Antwerpen
21st February - 11th May 2014.
Clark House, Colaba, Bombay
7th February - 30th April 2014
Palacio de cristal, Parque del Retiro. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
September 19, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Inventing a Future, group exhibition
January 26 - March 13, 2013
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
September 28 - December 16, 2012
9 June - 16 September 2012
from April 21 to May 26 2012
From June 25 to July 25, 2009
A solo show by Roman Ondak
From April 25 to June 20, 2009
A solo show by Roman Ondak
From June 8 to July 22, 2006
5 November to 22 December 2005
13 September to 8 November 2003
Solo exhibition by Roman Ondak
1 March to 19 April 2003
17 February to 6 March 2001
New Observations, 2018
Publisher: Walther König
Dimensions: 22.5 x 30.5 cm
History Repeats Itself, 2017
AALBORG, MUSEUM KUNSTEN
Catalogue ed. by Stinna Toft, Gitte Ørskou & Roman Ondak. Aalborg 2017.
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
Work compilation from 2007 to 2011
English, 176 p.
Author: Roman Ondak, Kathrin Rhomberg
Publisher: Verlag Der Buchhandlung König
Language: English / Germany
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 Notebook, 2012
Edited by Deutsche Bank
Texts by Elena Filipovic, Friedhelm Hütte, Christian Rattemeyer
Graphic design by Kerstin Riedel
German or English versions
300 pages, 566 illustrations28.60 x 28.60 cmHalf cloth
Measuring the universe, 2009
Texts by Magali Arriola, Tim Etchells, Jeanine Griffin, Bernhart Schwenk
© Bawag Foundation Edition / Christoph Keller Editions, 2009
ISBN : 978-3-03764-024-1
Roman Ondak, 2007
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, 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