A solo show by Július Koller
From June 2 to July 21, 2007
Following its participation to the collective exhibitions “De ma Fenêtre” (Ensba, Paris, 2004) and “Links” (gb agency, Paris, 2003), Július Koller, born in 1939, has chosen to present, for his first solo show in Paris, the activities of the “U.F.O Gallery Ganek”, a fictive contemporary art gallery that he founded and directed from 1971 to 1989.
Placed on the flat surface of the Ganek peak in the High Tatras Mountains of Czechoslovakia, the “U.F.O Gallery Ganek” should be, according to the artist, “a hard accessible fictive location for a thought communication of myself and other earthmen with the unknown cosmic world. With its “high” location, it symbolized an encounter of the earthly with the unearthly (the Earth and the Cosmos). The natural high-mountain environment become a psychological cultural space - a medium (between the Earth and the Heaven) where a new artistic thinking can shoot up.”
Since the mid-1960s, Július Koller’s work questions the possibility of a better life in our social reality and the connection between people through art. Each piece, each action, each almost invisible gesture is deeply related to the real world, between imagination, poetry and political statement.