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A Ladder to the Universe:
Stano Filko and the Art of the Avant-Garde

Patricia Grzonka 


The lecture is available in German

As early as 2005, the Swiss art and architecture theorist Patricia Grzonka published Stano Filko (published by Arbor Vitae, Prague), an early examination of Filko’s oeuvre and was thus one of the first to take an interest in the artist’s work outside Slovakia at that time. She builds here on many personal conversations with the artist as well as her long-standing interest in the content of his work. Within the framework of her lecture, the art historian will give an introduction to the work of Stano Filko, which will primarily revolve around a presentation of the various central moments in his works. In doing so, she will follow the own artistic logic of this eclectic Slovak avant-gardist who positioned himself between East, West and the universe.


Participating artists

Dr. Patricia Grzonka

*St. Gallen, lives in Vienna

Dr. Patricia Grzonka is an art and architecture historian and critic. She is a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and teaches at the Institute for Art and Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Grzonka studied in Zurich and Rome and received a PhD in architectural theory at Vienna University of Technology. She has written numerous texts, interviews, and essays in the fields of modernist art and architectural theory, as well as neo-avant-gardes. Her texts are regularly published in exhibition publications and are part of renowned art magazines, including springerin, Texte zur Kunst, Kunstbulletin, Monopol and frieze, and newspapers such as Neue Zürcher Zeitung, profil and Falter. In 2015 she was a laureate of the Art Critics Award. At the invitation of Dušan Brozman she wrote an extensive text about the artist for Arbor Vitae, Prague (2005); as well as for the conference proceedings of the Association of Austrian Art Historians, Hohenems (2011). 

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