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Stano Filko
A Retrospective

Catalog, 2022
2128 cm, 256 pages 

21 × 28 cm
256 pages
Illustrations in color
German / English 

Edited by:
Sandro Droschl, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, 2022

With contributions by:
Sandro Droschl, Lucia Gregorová Stach, Patrizia Grzonka, Christian Höller, Mira Keratová, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Boris Ondreička and Jan Verwoert

Graphic design:
FONDAZIONE Europa, Alexander Nussbaumer with Leonard Siegwardt

Hatje Cantz, Berlin

The Slovak National Gallery, Linea Collection, Bratislava and Layr, Vienna

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Filko is considered as an influential utopian and polyartist, who understood art and life universally and cosmologically as a unity beyond geographical attributions of East and West. Filko was one of the most important representatives of the Central European neo-avant-gardes, whose work has remained current. Early on, he designed hybrid objects and environments, extending them into unfamiliar terrains with his basic conceptual approach. Again and again, the focus of the work changes: assemblages are followed by text-based works and performances that attempt to circumvent state repression, and later by large-scale gestural painting, characterized by artistic self-assertion, and finally by a final phase, which he dedicates to his increasingly complex System SF”. The publication approaches the multi-layered œuvre from various perspectives and takes a fresh look at this exuberant oeuvre.


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.