„Jiří Kovanda a Roman Ondák: Someone Walking Around“ Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona
Kovanda kissed through glass and Ondák exhibited the colours of autonomy in Barcelona
Czech and Slovak artists Jiří Kovanda and Roman Ondák had contributed to the cycle of performances and interventions, organized by Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. Belgian curator and artist Erich Weiss had gathered several acts and works during the spring of 2019. Seemingly spontaneous performances, several acts and installations intertwined in time and space had met under the title Someone Walking Around in the premises of the Barcelona foundation. New points of view were introduced along with the presentations.
The aim of the projects was to introduce foreign artworks to the Catalan public, and through that, form a connection with the work of Antoni Tàpies. Kovanda, as one of the most distinguished Czech conceptual artists, reiterated his famous performance Kissing Through Glass (Líbání přes sklo), originally introduced in Tate Modern in 2007. Ondák’s inteverntion Antonomous Colours (2018) analyzes the details that compose our daily lives, the way we behave, the people and objects surrounding us. The work comprises of 17 small copper fragments from the roof. Each of those reflects the colours of flags of European pro-independentist territories.
Besides Ondák and Kovanda, international artists Germaine Krup and Nils Nova were involved in the project. The exhibition was on display from April until June 2019. The project was supported by The Pudil Family Foundation.