Ján Mančuška
Incomplete Movement

Opening: Tue, 10/10/2023, 7:00 PM
“In memory, thought doesn’t turn to reality itself, but how that reality was recorded.“ Ján Mančuška, 2006

The Slovak conceptual artist Ján Mančuška died twelve years ago at the age of only 39. He had a special connection to Austria: Artist residencies took him to the Neue Galerie Graz and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), important works were created here in Vienna and can be found in the Kontakt Collection as well as in the collection of TBA21.

In his installations of text, photographs and film, Ján Mančuška addressed issues of perception of the body and space, as well as the variation of narratives. Of particular importance to him was the spatial arrangement of his works, which created specific viewing situations. His thinking was characterized by a strong interest in philosophical contexts and a recourse to literary, cinematographic or dramaturgical strategies. The architectural peculiarities of fjk3 – Space for Contemporary Art, with its hybrid character of transitory movement space with two entrances and exits and its partially symmetrical intersection of ground floor and basement, are predestined for Mancuška's cinematic works.

Incomplete Movement is the first comprehensive exhibition of Ján Mančuška's work in Austria. Not retrospective in nature, the exhibition focuses on his most important text, image, and film works and attempts to bring his unique mechanisms of perception, understanding, and memory to life.

Curator: Fiona Liewehr in cooperation with the estate of Ján Mančuška

Exhibition: 11/10/2023 – 11/02/2024
Ján Mančuška (born in 1972, Bratislava, died in 2011, Prague) lived and worked in Berlin and Prague.
His works have been presented in diverse solo exhibitions, such as at Centre Vox (Montreal, 2017), Kunsthalle Bratislava (2015), Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York, 2013/2008/2005), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2006), Czech Centre (with Marketa Othova, New York, 2003). Furthermore, group exhibitions included Ludwig Museum Budapest (2019), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2018), New Museum, New York (2015), Institut d’Art Contemporain Vielleurbanne (2013), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2008), ZKM (2007), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2004), the 2nd Prague Biennale (2005) and the 28th Biennale of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana (2009) In 2005 he represented the Czech Republic at the 51st Venice Biennale, together with Slovak artists Stano Filko and Boris Ondreička in the joint pavilion of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.The artist took part in residency programs at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Neue Galerie Graz, ISCP New York, and in Rotterdam and has been awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký prize in 2004. Jan Mančuška is represented in public collections at Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna).