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Modern History & Politics



in Cooperation with Kulturlots_innen

Contribution: 1.00 €

The work of Stano Filko is not simply exhausted in aesthetic discourse, but reveals a multitude of contemporary historical aspects, about which most people today, however, no longer know very much. Important historical backgrounds are the global order of the Cold War and the two superpowers, as well as the accompanying mentality of military rearmament.

Filko refers a lot to the achievements of aviation and space travel, the endlessness of the cosmos put the ideological blocks between East and West in a new light. Two particular historical moments here are the orbit circumnavigation by the Soviet Union, and the American landing on the moon. The new planetary view of mankind led to new hopes, which, however, were destroyed, at least in the then Czechoslovakia, by the suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968. Moreover, in the light of the current situation in Ukraine, the historical intrigues of the Soviet Union gain a new relevance.

Many historical moments run through Filko’s work and life. In the tour Modern History & Politics we want to turn to these moments and discuss important works in this context.

The tour takes place together with Kulturlots_​innen, a project of ÖGB, IG Kultur and the city of Graz.


Participating artists

Stano Filko

*1937 Veľká Hradná, †2015 in Bratislava

The artworks of Stano Filko (*1937 Velka Hradna, †2015 in Bratislava) have been on show in renowned institutions such as the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava; the Kunstmuseum Basel; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Kunsthalle Bratislava; Zacheta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; National Museum, Krakow; Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples; ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe; Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest; Garage Project Space, Moscow; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; P.S.1, New York; MACBA, Barcelona; Centre Pompidou, Paris; mumok, Wien; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo; státna galléria (State Gallery), Banská Bystrica; Musée d‘Art Moderne, Paris; and Moravská galerie, Brno. His work attracted international attention amongst others at the 11. Biennale de Lyon, the Prague Biennale 3, the 51. Biennale di Venezia, the Documenta 7 in Kassel and the EXPO in Osaka. Gallery Emanuel Layr presented the artist at Frieze Art Fair London and at Art Basel.