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Deutsche Bank presents Roman Ondák, „Artist of the Year“ 2012

October 13, 2011 │ Global

Deutsche Bank introduced its „Artist of the Year“ 2012 at the London Frieze Art Fair: Roman Ondák, one of the internationally best-known conceptual artists.

On the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council the bank honors young artists who have already created an extraordinary oeuvre in which works on paper or photography play an important role.

As “Artist of the Year”, Roman Ondák will be presented in a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, which will subsequently be shown at other international institutions.

Roman Ondák‘s career was heavily affected by the collapse of the former Czechoslovakia, which occurred in 1989 while he was studying painting at the Fine Arts Academy in Bratislava. Only a few years later, society in the newly established country of Slovakia had grown indifferent toward art.

During the early 1990s, the artist traveled to the art – to documenta in Kassel, to the Venice Biennale – which gave him the inspiration he needed.

While the influences of Conceptual and Minimal art are evident in Ondák’s work, his art also incorporates the subversive tactics of the artists from the former Eastern bloc.
 
Ondák continues this combination of subtle, almost poetic allusion and institutional criticism in new contexts. Small shifts in the everyday routine become his most important element of style.

Further information

Gallery with works by Roman Ondák in a web special

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