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Milan Kunc

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There aren’t many Czech artists that take part in forming an important international movement or trend. One of them is Milan Kunc, a leading representative of the return to figurative art in 1970s following a period in which conceptual trends dominated the international scene. In addition, he was able to experience firsthand studying under Josef Beuys and Gerhard Richter at the Düsseldorf Academy where traditional painting was considered an utterly obsolete form of expression. At that time he already had behind him four years at the Prague academy, his expulsion due to alleged lack of talent and his ensuing emigration to Germany in 1969. Around the time of the late 1970s and early 1980s he then formed the Normal group with fellow Czech student Jan Knap and German Peter Angermann. This group, along with the German Neue Wilde and Italian Transavantgarde, created a form of post-modern painting. The significance of art groups often lie more in the symbolic content that they concentrate within them at a given moment in history than in their actual group activities - something similar to the applies with the Normal Group. Even though some of their public exhibitions – e.g participating in the Times Square Show in New York or the Paris Biennale (both in 1980) – were quite prestigious, the group itself existed for only a little over a year. And yet they are still considered an important reference point in art history, due mainly to the congenial intersection of the work of the three protagonists. Each of them was a strong individual with his own unique expression, and yet a strong common denominator is evident. They used humour against the seriousness of all those, who saw in art an instrument of revolutionary transformation of the world, against the encoded language of the world of art, a traditional pictorial language shared by Henri Rousseau or artists of the early Renaissance. But above all it was an exciting union of sovereign artistic quality, a sharp intellect, thanks to which they managed to freely and theoretically defend their position, and something apparently low-brow: banalities, idylls, kitsch. And its kitsch, whose stable iconography became an important component of Kunc’s work, that is an interesting intellectual theme with many facets: social-critical, psychological, cultural-historical... The first decade of Kunc’s work was done in the spirit of “awkward realism” and “ost-pop”, a kind of Eastern European paraphrasing of Pop Art, in which he worked with symbols and pictorial schemes of communist totalitarian ideology. However, he gradually abandoned this persiflage and his postmodern allegories transformed into a personal version of classicism in which the critical perspective gave way to positive contents and the picture freed of all non-artistic aspects became an aesthetic experience in itself.

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Marcel Fišer



1970-1975 Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf
(Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter)
1969 Kunc emigrated to Germany
1963-1967 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague
(professor K. Souček, excluded in the 4th year of study)

Activities and employment:
since 2004 lives and works in Prague
2001-2004 between Prague and Köln
1998-2000 lives and works in Schlosstal
1996-1997 works on ceramic sculptures in Den Haag, NL
1988-1991 lives and works in Roma, Italy
1979 with Jan Knap and Petr Angermann founded the art group Normal
Member of art groups not included in ARTLIST.
Gruppe Normal


Solo exhibitions
Drawings of Milan Kunc 1970–2012. Arkitektvägen 44, Stockholm, Sweden

Milan Kunc – Gold Paintings. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Milan Kunc 1979–1989. Zonca&Zonca Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy

Milan Kunc - New sculptures. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich

Milan Kunc. Amor a Psyche. Obrazy a kresby 1976–2009 / Amor and Psyche. Drawings and Paintings 1976–2009. Muzeum moderního umění, Olomouc / Muzeum of Modern Art, Olomouc, Czech republic
Kunstverein Weiden, Germany; (16. 5.–25. 7.) Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy, Czech Republic

Milan Kunc. Sculpture. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich, Switzerland

Zlatý věk. Dům umění města Brna, Brno
Sul filo dell'Enigma. Gallerie Maniero, Řím (Roma)
Milan Kunc - Stillstehende Zeit. Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany

Olieverven en tekeningen. Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
Obrazy a kresby. Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

Galerie OZ, Paris

Studio d´Arte Cannaviello, Milano
Land des Lächelns. Link,The Contemporary Art Company, Den Haag
Glass-works and paintings.Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten-d´Eendt, KunstRai´98, Amsterdam
Dibuixos, pintures, escultures. Sio Galeria, Barçelona
Ceramic. Museum het Princessenhof, Leeuwarden (NL)

Bilder und Skulpturen. Galerie Patricia Asbæk,Copenhagen;Art Cologne, Köln

Galerie Václava Špály, Praha
Bilder und Keramikskulpturen.Galerie Brochier, München

Opere scelte. Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento
New Ceramic & Glass. Stelling Gallery, Leiden (NL)
Céramiques, dessins et pastels, peintures.Galerie OZ, Paris

Zeichnungen. Galerie A, Stuttgart
Van pijnlijk realisme tot verfijnde schilderkunst (1974–1994). Kunsthall, Rotterdam
Portrettekeningen. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam
Pinturas y Dibujos. Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974–1978),
New Paintings. Gallery LOK, New York
Neue Galerie, Bad Marienberg
Milan Kunc, Allart Lakke. Stelling Gallery, Leiden (NL)

Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974–1978),
Demonstrating New icons. Documenta-Halle, Kassel

Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974–1978),
Italienische Bilder 1990/91. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam
Galerie Patricia Asbæk, Copenhagen
Corridor Gallery, Reykjavik, Island
Milan Kunc in Tirol. Galleria Goethe Galerie, Bolzano-Bozen

Fototopop. Tröster & Schlüter Galerie, Frankfurt/Main

Passpost of all Republics. Galleria Toselli, Milano
Opere 1979-1985. Galeria Verlato, Milano

Photocollages. Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Paintings & Drawings. Edward Totah Gallery, London
Arbeiten mit Photographie. Galerie PPS, Hamburg,

New Paintings. Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Le Case d´Arte, Milano
Gallería La Máquina Española, Madrid
Disegni. La Nuova Pesa, Roma

Le Case d'Arte, Milano
Collagen 1978 und Pastelle 1987. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam

Preview of paintings and drawings by the Czechoslovakian artist Gallery Hillmann Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Works 1974–1986. Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
Renaissance Übungen. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln
Paintings. Galerie Swart. Amsterdam

Romantic Landscapes. Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
Neue Ikonen. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln
Fotoarbeiten 1978–1986. CCD Galerie, Düsseldorf

Nieuwe Ikonen. Groninger Museum, Groningen
Neue Ikonen. Arbeiten von 1979–1984. Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Kriegsbilder 1975–1981. Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Galerie Hans-Jürgen Müller, Köln

Bilder. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam

Normal Art. Zon Gallery, Stockholm
Bilder und Zeichnungen. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam
Art Normal (Paintings). Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles

Schilderijen. Galerie ´T Venster, Rotterdam

Normale Welt. Harlekin Art Galerie, Wiesbaden
internationale Kunstmesse Forum
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Snění / Dreaming. Artinbox, Praha

GOLD. Unteres Belvedere, Wien
Art Prague. Veletrh současného umění / International Contemporary Art Fair. Mánes, Praha

Schlachtpunk - Malerei der Achtziger Jahre. Kunsthalle Darmstadt, DE
Hundesalon. Malerei, Bildhauerei & Video. Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf, DE

The 80s Revisited. 1 - Sammlung Christina und Bruno Bischofberger. Kunsthalle Bielefeld, DE

Brno Art Fair. Mezinárodní veletrh umění. (Dostál, Fridjónsson, Knap, Kunc, Šembera, Šnajdr st.). Pavilon A, výstaviště Brno, Brno, CZ

Velké prádlo, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
Nechci v kleci!, Muzeum umění Olomouc
Moderní a poválečné umění, současné umění, fotografie, Galerie 5. patro, Praha

Současné české umění - Generační paralely, Galerie umění Zuraba Zereteli, Moskva
Art Prague. 6. veletrh současného umění, Mánes, Praha

Příští stanice Arkádia / Nächste Station Arkadien, Galerie moderního umění v Roudnici nad Labem, Roudnice nad Labem
Praguebiennale2: Expanded painting / acción directa: Mezinárodní současné umění / International Contemporary Art, Karlínská hala, Praha
Fine Art Cologne,Kolín nad Rýnem (Köln)
Art Prague. 5. veletrh současného umění, Mánes, Praha

Florálie, Mezi idylou a halucinací, ArtPro - Galerie české plastiky, Praha
Bylo, nebylo..., Pohádkové motivy v českém moderním a současném umění, Horácká galerie, zámecké podkroví, Nové Město na Moravě
Bylo, nebylo..., Pohádkové motivy v českém moderním a současném umění, Galerie výtvarného umění v Chebu, Cheb
Art Prague. 4. veletrh současného umění

Za sklem, Ze sbírky Jaroslava Krbůška, Galerie Jiřího Jílka, Šumperk
Tschechische Künstler zum eintritt in die EU, Städtische Galerie Kubus, Hannover
Bylo, nebylo..., Pohádkové motivy v českém moderním a současném umění, Galerie moderního umění v Hradci Králové
Art Prague. 3. veletrh současného umění, Praha

Moderní česká kresba, Galerie Vltavín, Masarykovo nábřeží, Praha
Dílna 00, Zámek Mikulov
100. výstava Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

Okruh umělců Galerie Carini: Práce autorů toskánské grafické dílny, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

Arch Connely, Milan Kunc, Artus Pixel, Domenico Zindato. Oeuvres porno-erotiques. Galerie OZ, Paris

Tony Gragg, Milan Kunc, Carel Visser - Ontwerpen in glas.Carin Delcourt van Krimpen, Amsterdam

Šedá cihla 66/1994 Exil, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová
Le Cirque. Renée Fotouhi Fine Art, East Hampton, New York

Gartenzwerge für die IGA. Artlantis, Stuttgart

Československá fotografie v exilu. Mánes, Praha

Wanderlieder. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Ambienti. Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milano

Peter Angermann, Milan Kunc, Jan Knap. Galeria Temple, Valencie
Peter Angermann, Jan Knap, Milan Kunc. Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart
Maximalismus. Galerie Schulze. Köln
Landscapes - Kunc, Salvo, Thompson. Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, Texas
1990 Europa America. Aspetti degli anni ´80. Esedra arte contemporanea, Asti (I)
Artistes de Colonia-allò bell, allò sinistre. Centre d'Art St. Mónica, Barcelona

Prospect 89. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Photoarbeiten aus der Sammlung F. C. Gundlach. Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln

Eros&Arch. Galerie Torch, Amsterdam

What it is. Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Terra Motus. Fondazione Lucio Armelio, Neapol
Künstliche Paradiese. Folkwang Museum Essen; Kunstverein München
Europa/Amerika. Museum Ludwig, Köln
Aanwinsten moderne Kunst. Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Rotterdam

Tiefe Blicke. Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt
Rheingold, 40 artisti da Colonia e Düsseldorf. Palazzo delle Belle Arti, Torino
Photographs of Contemporary Artists. Pace Mc Gill Gallery, New York

von hier aus (Gruppe Normal). Messehallen Düsseldorf
Nouveau Bohème. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln
Handpainted Dreams. Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

Intoxication. Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York
Group Show. Pat Hearn Gallery, New York

10 junge Künstler aus Deutschland. Museum Folkwang Essen
Comune di Bologna. Galeria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna

Treibhaus. Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
Gruppe Normal. Museo civico d´Arte Contemporanea, Gibelina

XI. Biennale de Paris. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Times Square Show. New York
Mysterium der Geburt. Neue Galerie - Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen

Schlaglichter. Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn

Nachbarschaft. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Peinlicher Realismus. Galeria Art 296, Düsseldorf
Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Museum Groningen, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Rooseum, Malmö, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt/Main, Coca-Cola Collection, Verona, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Národní galerie v Praze, Museum umění Olomouc



Kusak, Alexej: Ein Maler mit grünen Träumen. Entdeckt: Milan Kunc, in: Art, ed. 9, Sept. 1980, s. 106 ff.

Kusak, Alexej: Neue Malwut, in: Stern Magazin, ed. 41, Oct. 1981, s. 40-60

Wiese, Stephan von: Bilder an der Kante – ein Gespräch mit Milan Kunc, in: Kunstforum, ed. 59, 3/1983, p. 121.

Wiese, Stephan von: Verstörende Idyllen-Mutationen und Konstanten im Werk von Milan Kunc, in: Kunstforum, ed. 59, 3/83, p. 108ff.

Slavická Milena , Malíř kontrolovaného bláznovství (O díle Milana Kunce), Výtvarné umění, 3,1992, s. 20-33

Pavel Netopil, Zlatý věk, A2, 47/07

Volf Petr: Jsem angažovaný blázen. Rozhovor s Milanem Kuncem. Reflex ?/1996. In: www.jedinak.cz



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