A solo exhibition named "Storyboard" showcases the works of Slovak artist Roman Ondak in the Times Museum till this Sunday. It is his first solo exhibition shown in the greater China region.
Ondok's works have been shown in recent years at such major art events as the Venice Biennale, where he represented Slovakia in 2009, and Kassel dOCUMENTA in 2013. He also has exhibited many times at leading international museums including MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; and Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others. He was cited as Deutsche Bank's "Artist of the Year" in 2012.
Ondok tends to take over exhibition spaces through subtle, destabilizing gestures. In his work, the space is understood as a "place" in which a series of events occur, redefining and reinterpreting both its physical dimensions and its identity. Ondok's Storyboard addresses the artist's practices through the recurring relationship expressed in his work between the work itself, the space where it is exhibited, and the representation of the same, through a selection of installations, photographs and performances created between 1997 and 2015.
One of Ondok's artistic gestures defines the theme of this exhibition. Various drawings have been created by friends and relatives of the artist—including his parents, his wife, Maya, and his sons, Adam and Martin—based on descriptions which Ondok himself made of the space of the Times Museum. The origin of the gesture lies in his piece, Storyboard (2000), which has been revisited for this space. The placement of the individual drawings also represents the possible relation between the perspective of the drawings, the artwork situated next to them, and the experience of the viewer. In doing so, this expanded work functions as an "exhibition within the exhibition," reinterpreting elements expressed by the collective imagination—fragmented, imprecise, from those who only know the space through oral testimony.
The exhibition allows space for a series of parallel narratives which describe, question, deny, stage, expand, and reject the physical boundaries of the museum, emphasizing the relevance of space and its migrations—physical and temporary—in the artistic practices of Ondok.
Time: Till June 21, Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Venue: Times Museum