Jùlius Koller - Jiri Kovanda - Klara Kuchta - Tony Morgan
Underground (U.F.O.), 1981,
Courtesy gb agency, Paris
B&W photograph on paper
Edition /6, 40 x 60 cm
© Július Koller
In the ‘70s these artists were happy to join the stage with their performances. Whether they came from the East or the West, none of them were really looking to conquer the art market, not even in institutional circles. Because of this, and even though their experiments made their mark, they were not received with much enthusiasm. They lived on the fringes and reflected a time when art revolved around the artist who combined existence with work rather than art with life.
Tony Morgan (1938-2004).
Hailing from the Fluxus movement, this Briton invented, most particularly, the make-believe character called Herman—an androgynous version of the artist—by way of photography, video, performance and drawing.
Július Koller (1939-2007).
A leading figure in Conceptual Art, born in what used to be Czechoslovakia and author, in 1965, of the Anti-Happening manifesto, which suggested broadening the idea of the happening to everyday life.
Klara Kuchta (born in 1941 in Hungary, lives in Geneva).
Using photography, video and installation, the artist produces works which question our cultural and economic society. Light also interests Klara Kuchta, both for its aesthetic and natural qualities, which are so specific, and for the ubiquitous influence it has on our visual perception.
Jirí Kovanda (born in 1953 in Prague, where he lives).
Another leading figure in East European Conceptual Art, since the 1970s JiÅÂÂÂÂÂi Kovanda has been producing political programmes which question the individual’s place in society.