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Milan Kunc Sculpture

Milan Kunc Sculpture

Galerie Andrea Caratsch Zurich

Milan Kunc Sculpture


MILAN KUNC Sculpture


MILAN KUNC Sculpture Galerie Andrea Caratsch Zurich


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← ← Feed Me, 1995

Burning TV Show, 1998

Comedia del Artista, 1995

Bar-B-Q-Time, 1995


ETERNAL ARCADIA Yves Aupetitallot By way of a caveat to these few lines there really is a kind of methodological obviousness in briefly recalling that Milan Kunc was born in Czechoslovakia in 1944 and left that country in 1969 to take up residence in Dusseldorf and study at the Kunstakademie there. From the outset that obviousness presupposes that biographical facts, elsewhere of no particular interest, might here be decisive with regard to the constitution of a body of work and how to understand it. Milan Kunc was in fact trained during the Soviet era and took part in the Prague Spring uprising of 1968 before moving to the nonCommunist West and living through the societal upheavals that shook it. At the end of the 1960s he had direct experience of two systems of viewing the world, each claiming to work toward the building of a social utopia whose foundations were nurtured by a dialectic opposition to the basis of the other system. In his journey through that double political and social geography, looking beyond a differentiated ideological framework and ultimate destination, he noted the same recourse to the universal language of kitsch. The proletariat of the whole world had apparently become consumers of the whole world. They seemed to aspire to one and the same consumerist paradise whose finery and the representation of the happiness it exhibits are depicted with the help of a stylized, kitsch, or pop iconographic repertory. He produced his first known works in 1968. In them he combines objects and images borrowed from the symbolics and imagery of Communism–the red flag, the sickle, and the hammer. The latter two are cut out of cardboard and covered with a painted military camouflage motif. The red flag is presented with a dress hanging on a coat stand with a woman’s face above it, drawn in the manner of a strip cartoon. The date written on the picture, August 21, 1968, is the day that Warsaw Pact troops entered Prague. Since then Kunc’s work has primarily been as a painter, including when he makes ceramics, which he has been producing regularly in series since the 1970s. His painting is figurative, with an ostentatiously

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Telephones in the Snow, 1995

Pisa, 1995

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Rose, 1995


smooth technique, since the early 1980s in particular. His subjects are constructed using a collection of images of various provenances that mainly fall into three categories: the icons of Western consumerist culture like Coca-Cola or McDonald’s, Socialist Realism with its symbolics representing its ideology and asceticism, and the masterpieces of classical painting. He combines them with modernist procedures coming from photomontage, photocollage, and collage. At the end of the 1970s, the preparatory phase of his work involved photographing still lifes that he himself had arranged. The combination of his elements produces new icons and new meanings, and he claims their relatedness to Surrealism: “It was my Surrealist method. I wanted to paint a hallucinatory content in a controlled way: precisely and illusionistically, as if what was depicted really existed.”* Each of his combined images emphasizes its narrative potential to excess and veers clearly toward parody and controlled naive art. The 1978 Batman now held in Darmstadt shows the hero in flight, brandishing the hammer and sickle. The eminent art critic, Wolfgang Max Faust, to whom Kunc had shown his work, apparently exclaimed “But it’s naive,” a remark Kunc makes this comment on: “But that was very school-teacherish, very naive on his part. He should have seen that it had to do with a high-grade form of realism. Nobody can deny that it was simply well done.”* This naive style and free approach to form vested in a certain type of parody, or even caricature, are marked by the influence of Josef Lada, a Czech writer and graphic artist who had illustrated Jaroslav Hasek’s The Good Soldier Švejk, and been the author of several hundred satirical drawings describing Czech society prior to World War I in a ferocious manner. Trash, parody, kitsch, realism, and many other things would all be grounds for the relative wariness of him evinced by the avant-garde milieus of the 1970s. Hadn’t Richter, who taught him at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, advised him to work for an advertising agency? He himself was clearly wary of an avant-garde whose jargon was obviously indebted to revolutionary Marxist thinking: “The Western avant-garde is just as dogmatic in its way as Socialist Realism

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Power Flower, 1997

Blue Egg, 1998

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Janus Head, 1996


in the East. There they take a poor view of abstraction, and here my work is misunderstood. Thus we see how art is a victim of idiocy.” Critical debate has changed, and to a large extent it has today become obsolete. It is now conceivable to look at the work of Milan Kunc in a different light, his ceramic pieces in particular. At the beginning of this text we noted their similarities to the artist’s painting. Matisse and Picasso, whom he has often misappropriated and parodied, produced painter’s sculptures, as did other artists of the same generation–Walter Dahn for example. The chronology in which they appear and the subjects developed coincide with those of the paintings of the time in question. In 1976 Kunc produced some 100 pieces, all of women’s shoes. The form is respected, but is constructed from a combination of borrowings of forms and subjects/objects which recur in pictures that are contemporary with them. Since that time he has constantly produced ceramics that stand out for their forms and palette of colors. They are served by a smooth, reflective surface, just like his paintings. The ceramic piece entitled Eternal Arcadian Living describes a suburban landscape of lodgings that are encapsulated in a bone. The picture Recycled World from the same period repeats almost the same symbols to convey criticism of a finally happy global society in which consumerism has now seemingly triumphed to offer us unlimited happiness, without any kind of constraint.

* The quotations are taken from the catalogue of the Milan Kunc exhibition, Düsseldorf Kunstverein, April 6—May 27, 1984

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Wild Life, 1996

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Journey of No Return, 1995

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Apple, 1995

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Italian Landscape, 1995

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Eternal Arcadian Living, 1995

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Flower Building Corporation, 1995 (Front)

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Flower Building Corporation, 1995 (Back)

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Fruits with Snow Caps, 1995 (Front)

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Fruits with Snow Caps, 1995 (Back)

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Banana High, 1995

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Healthy Still Life (Rococo), 1996

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Times, 1995

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Princess of Darkness, 1998

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Pink Egg, 1998

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Top of the World, 1998—2005

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Eternal Love, 2008 (Front)

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Eternal Love, 2008 (Back)

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← ← For Ever, 2008 ← For Ever, 2008 Out of Time, 2008

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Green Life, 2008

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Loves Giving, 2008

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Meditiemeder Frosch, 2008

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Lips (Brazil), 2008

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Lips, 2008

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Banane, 2008

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Arizona, 2008

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TV, 2008

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Drachen und Ei, 2008

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Figur mit goldenem Speer, 2008

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Erlan, 2008

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Amorphe Landschaft, 2008

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Universum, 2008

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Goldenst端ck, 2008

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Goldene Schlange, 2008

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Goldener Raum, 2008

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LIST OF WORKS Page 01 → Feed Me, 1995 Glazed ceramic, majolica Page 04 → Burning TV Show, 1998 Glazed ceramics → Bar-B-Q-Time, 1995 Glazed ceramic with majolica → Comedia del Artista, 1995 Glazed ceramic with majolica, platin Page 06 → Telephones in the Snow, 1995 Glazed ceramic with majolica → Pisa, 1995 Glazed ceramic with majolica, gold → Rose, 1995 Glazed ceramic, majolica Page 08 → Power Flower, 1997 Glazed ceramic with metal plates → Janus Head, 1996 Glazed ceramic with gold → Blue Egg, 1998 Glazed ceramics Page 11 → Wild Life, 1996 Glazed ceramic, H: 78 cm, H: 30 7/10 in. Pages 12—13 → Journey of No Return, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 30 x 44 x 17 cm, 11 4/5 x 17 1/3 x 6 7/10 in. Page 15 → Apple, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 35 x 35 x 25 cm, 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 9 4/5 in. Pages 16—17 → Italian Landscape, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 30 x 40 x 65 cm, 11 4/5 x 15 3/4 x 25 2/3 in. Pages 18—19 → Eternal Arcadian Living, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 25 x 70 x 35 cm, 9 4/5 x 27 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. Pages 20—21 → Flower Building Corporation, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 35 x 65 x 85 cm, 13 3/4 x 25 2/3 x 33 1/2 in. Pages 22—23 → Flower Building Corporation, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 35 x 65 x 85 cm, 13 3/4 x 25 2/3 x 33 1/2 in. Pages 24—25 → Fruits with Snow Caps, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 25 x 40 x 35 cm, 9 4/5 x 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. Pages 26—27 → Fruits with Snow Caps, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 25 x 40 x 35 cm, 9 4/5 x 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. Pages 28—29 → Banana High, 1995 Glazed ceramic, L: 43 cm, L: 17 in.

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Page 31 → Healthy Still Life (Rococo), 1996 Glazed ceramic, 38 x 29 x 33 cm, 15 x 11 1/2 x 13 in.

Page 67 → Figur mit goldenem Speer, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 16.5 x 22 x 14 cm, 6 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.

Page 33 → Times, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 84 x 78 x 50 cm, 33 x 30 7/10 x 19 2/3 in.

Page 69 → Erlan, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 18 x 14 x 8 cm, 7 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.

Page 35 → Princess of Darkness, 1998 Glazed ceramic, 150 x 53 x 40 cm, 59 x 20 9/10 x 15 3/4 in.

Page 70 → Figur mit gelb-rotem Kopf, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 17.5 x 11 x 8 cm, 6 7/8 x 4 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.

Pages 36—37 → Pink Egg, 1998 Glazed ceramic, 37 x 70 x 46 cm, 14 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 18 1/10 in.

Page 71 → Phantom mit goldenem Kopf, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 17 x 17 x 14 cm, 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.

Page 39 → Top of the World, 1998—2005 Glazed ceramic, 276 x 83 cm, 108 2/3 x 32 2/3 in.

Page 73 → Asia Frosch, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 11 x 13 x 13 cm, 4 3/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.

Page 41 → Eternal Love, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 62 x 68 x 39 cm, 24 3/8 x 26 3/4 x 15 3/8 in.

Pages 74—75 → Amorphe Landschaft, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 17 x 12 x 14 cm, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.

Pages 42—43 → Eternal Love, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 62 x 68 x 39 cm, 24 3/8 x 26 3/4 x 15 3/8 in.

Pages 76—77 → Universum, 2008 Glazed ceramic

Page 44 → For Ever, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 65 x 23 x 23 cm, 25 5/8 x 9 x 9 in.

Page 79 → Goldenstück, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 12 x 12 x 11 cm, 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/8 in.

Page 45 → For Ever, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 93 x 23 x 23 cm, 36 5/8 x 9 x 9 in.

Page 81 → Goldene Schlange, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 10 x 8.5 x 9 cm, 3 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.

Page 47 → Out of Time, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 67 x 45 x 45 cm, 26 3/8 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.

Page 83 → Goldener Raum, 2008, Glazed ceramic and gold, 21 x 10.5 x 9.5 cm, 8 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.

Page 49 → Green Life, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 85 x 80 x 80 cm, 33 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.

Pages 86—87 → Fountain, 1995 Glazed ceramic, 30 x 50 x 35 cm, 11 3/4 x 19 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.

Pages 50—51 → Loves Giving, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 18 x 42 x 34 cm, 7 1/8 x 16 1/2 x 13 3/8 in.

Page 88 → Drei Grazien, 1996 Glaced ceramic → La Guitara Espanola, 1996 Glazed ceramic → Idol, 1998 Glazed ceramic with gold → Prince of Enlightenment, 1998 Glazed ceramics

Pages 52—53 → Meditierender Frosch, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 9.5 x 32 x 21 cm, 3 3/4 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. Pages 54—55 → Lips (Brazil), 2008 Glazed ceramic, 72 x 64 x 13 cm, 28 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. Pages 56—57 → Lips, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 52 x 72 x 12 cm, 20 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.

Page 96 → The World in Flames, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 56 x 48 x 43 cm, 22 x 18 7/8 x 16 7/8 in.

Pages 58—59 → Banane, 2008 Glazed ceramic and gold, 13 x 27 x 14 cm, 5 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. Pages 60—61 → Arizona, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 40 x 93 x 55 c, 15 3/4 x 36 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. Pages 62—63 → TV, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 52.5 x 78 x 23 cm, 20 5/8 x 30 3/4 x 9 in. Pages 64—65. → Drachen und Ei, 2008 Glazed ceramic, 8.5 x 21.5 x 8.1 cm, 3 3/8 x 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.

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Fountain, 1995

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Drei Grazien, 1996

Prince of Enlightenment, 1998

La Guitara Espanola, 1996

Idol, 1998

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BIOGRAPHY Born November 27, 1944, Prague, Czech Republic. 1964—1967 → Studied: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic. 1969 → Emigrated. 1970—1975 → Studied: Staatlichen Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, Germany (Prof. Joseph Beuys, Prof. Gerhard Richter). 1979 → Founded the Normal Group with Jan Knap and Peter Angermann. 1984 → Lives and works in Cologne, Germany. 1988—1991 → Lives and works in Rome, Italy. 1995—1996 → Studio: New York and East Hampton, USA. 1996—1997 → Ceramic sculptures in The Hague, Netherlands. 1998—2000 → Lives and works in Schlosstal, Winterthur, Switzerland. 2001 → Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic and Cologne, Germany. 2004-present → Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

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, Praha Zámek Mikulov

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2009 → Milan Kunc, Sculpture, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland. 2007 → Milan Kunc - Stillstehende Zeit, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany. → Prospettive ribaltate di Milan Kunc e di Silvia Iorio, Istituto Culturale Ceco, Rome, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Sul filo dell’enigma, Galleria Maniero, Rome, Italy. → Milan Kunc – Golden Age (Selected Works 1968—2007), The Brno House of Art, Brno, Czech Republic. 2006 → Milan Kunc, Obrazy a kresby/Milan Kunc. Paintings and drawings, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic. → Milan Kunc in Amsterdam, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2005 → Milan Kunc, The drawings collection, Galleria Santa Marta, Milan, Italy. 2004 → Milan Kunc, Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Tra ready made e Ostalgia. La pittura di Milan Kunc, Galleria Giampiero Biasutti, Turin, Italy. 2003 → Milan Kunc, Embarrassing Realism, L’Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy. 2002 → Milan Kunc, Pastels and drawings, Galleria del Tasso Arte Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy. 2001 → Milan Kunc, Galeria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Republica di San Marino, San Marino. → Milan Kunc, Ceramic, Centro Culturale, Sala Barbolini, Sassuolo, Italy. 2000 → Milan Kunc, Galleria Sperone, Rome, Italy. 1999 → Milan Kunc, Galerie OZ, Paris, France. 1998 → Milan Kunc, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Ceramic, Museum het Princessenhof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Glass works and paintings, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten-d’Eendt, KunstRai´ 9 8, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Dibuixos, pintures, escultures, Sio Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. → Milan Kunc, Land des Lächelns, Link, The Contemporary Art Company, The Hague, Netherlands.

1996 → Milan Kunc, Bilder und Keramikskulpturen Galerie Brochier, Munich, Germany. → Milan Kunc. Galerie Václava Špály, Prague, Czech Republic. 1995 → Milan Kunc, Opere scelte, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trent, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Céramiques, dessins et pastels, peintures. Galerie OZ, Paris, France. → Milan Kunc, New Ceramic & Glass, Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands. 1994 → Milan Kunc, Neue Galerie, Bad Marienberg, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Zeichnungen, Galerie A, Stuttgart, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Van pijnlijk realisme tot verfijnde schilderkunst (1974—1994), Kunsthall, Rotterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Portrettekeningen, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Allart Lakke, Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, New Painting, Gallery LOK, New York, NY, USA. → Milan Kunc, Pinturas y Dibujos, Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. 1993 → Demonstrating New Icons, Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany. 1992 → Milan Kunc, Italienische Bilder 1990/91, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Corridor Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland. → Milan Kunc, Galerie Patricia Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark. → Milan Kunc in Tirol, Galleria Goethe Galerie, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974—1978), Verfeinerte Malerei (1986—1992), Letohrádek Belvedér, Prague, Czech Republic; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. 1991 → Milan Kunc, Fototopop, Tröster & Schlüter Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany. 1990 → Milan Kunc, Passpost of all Republics, Galleria Toselli, Milan, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Opere 1979—1985, Galeria Verlato, Milan, Italy.

1989 → Milan Kunc, Photocollages, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Milan Kunc, Arbeiten mit Photographie, Galerie PPS, internationale Kunstmesse Forum, Hamburg, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Paintings & Drawings, Edward Totah Gallery, London, UK.

1997 → Milan Kunc, Bilder und Skulpturen, Galerie Patricia Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark; Art Cologne, Germany.

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1988 → Milan Kunc, Gallería La Máquina Española, Madrid, Spain. → Milan Kunc, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy. → Milan Kunc, New Paintings, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Milan Kunc, Disegni, La Nuova Pesa, Rome, Italy. 1987 → Milan Kunc, Collagen 1978 und Pastelle 1987, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy. 1986 → Milan Kunc, Works 1974—1986, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Preview of paintings and drawings by the Czechoslovakian artist Milan Kunc, Gallery Hillmann, Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA, USA. → Milan Kunc, Paintings, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Renaissance Übungen, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany. 1985 → Milan Kunc, Neue Ikonen, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Romantic Landscapes, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Milan Kunc, Fotoarbeiten 1978—1986, CCD Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany. 1984 → Milan Kunc, Neue Ikonen, Arbeiten von 1979—1984, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Kriegsbilder 1975—1981, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Nieuwe Ikonen, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands. → Galerie Hans-Jürgen Müller, Cologne, Germany. 1983 → Milan Kunc, Bilder, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 1982 → Milan Kunc, Normal Art, Zon Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden → Milan Kunc, Art Normal (Paintings), Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA. → Milan Kunc, Bilder und Zeichnungen, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 1980 → Milan Kunc, Schilderijen, Galerie ’T Venster, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 1979 → Milan Kunc, Normale Welt, Harlekin Art Galerie, Wiesbaden, Germany.

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GROUP NORMAL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006 → Group Normal, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Isernia, Italy.

2009 → Images & representations – Les années 80 – second volet, Le Magasin - CNAC, Grenoble, France. (Cat.)

2005 → Normal Group, Prague Biennale 2, Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech Republic. → Group Normal, Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy. 1986 → Gruppe Normal, Graphikmappe des Griffelkunstverlags, Hamburg, Germany. 1984 → Von hier aus. Neue deutsche Kunst, Messegelände Halle 13, Dusseldorf, Germany. 1982 → Normal, Galerie Nörballe, Copenhagen, Denmark. 1981 → Rundschau Deutschland, Munich, Germany. → Aljofre Barroco, Salone di Palazzo Ducenzio, Noto, Italy. → International Group Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal. → Normal, Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Gibellina, Italy. → Normal, Neue Galerie und Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany. → Kunstschläge II, Galerie Magers, Bonn, Germany. 1980 → Normal, Galerie Ha Jo Mülller, Cologne, Germany. → Normal, Times Square Show, New York, NY, USA. → Normal, Galerie Defet, Nuremberg, Germany. → XI Biennale de Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France. 1979 → Kunstschläge I, Galerie Magers, Bonn, Germany. → Tierfabrik, Plakatwände, Dusseldorf, Germany.

2008 → MMVIII, Galerie Senzor, Prague, Czech Republic. → Nechci v kleci/No cage for me!, Museum of Modern Art, Olomouc, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Contemporary Czech Art, Gallery of Art Zuraba Zereteli, Moscow, Russia. → Velké prádlo/Great Linen, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic. (Cat.) 2007 → Art Praha, Mánes, Prague (with Galerie Caesar), Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Summer container, Galleria Goethe, Bolzano, Italy. → wie es ist (how it is) — paintings from the early 80s to the present day, (Holger Bunk, Milan Kunc, Silke Leverkühne, Andreas Schulze), Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany. (Cat.) 2006 → Normal Group, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Isernia, Italy. → ’80 + 25 = 2005 (art from the 80s), Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Cat.) → Príští stanice Arkádia/Nächste Station Arkadien, Galerie moderního umení, Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Art Praha, Mánes, Prague (with Galerie Caesar Olomouc), Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Palinsesti 2006, San Vito Al Tagliamento, Italy. → La donna aggetto. Miti e metamorfosi al femminile 1990—2005, Castello Sforzesco, Vigevano, Italy. → Aktuál 06/Current 06, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic. 2005 → Florálie. Mezi idylou a halucinací/In between idyll and haallucination, ArtPro - Galerie ceské plastiky, Prague, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Normal Group, Praha Biennale 2, Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Tra gesto e segno. Poetiche dell´ i nformale, Galleria Giampiero Biasutti, Turin, Italy. → Sich selbst bei Laune halten - Kunst der 70er aus der Schenkung Ingrid Oppenheim, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany. (Cat.) → Art Praha, Mánes, Prague (with Galerie Caesar Olomouc), Czech Republic. (Cat.) → The Subjektive Figure, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Eye to Eye, Photographic collection of the Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands. → Horká jehla (grafika 80. let)/Hot needle (graphic works of the 1980s), GHMP, Prague, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Normal Group, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy. → Pražské ateliéry/Praha studios, Novomestská radnice, Prague, Czech Republic.


2004 → I Crimini Dell’Amore Da Crepax all’Ultrapop, L’Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy. → Final-Mente, Milan Flash Art Fair, Milan, Italy. → Il Nudo. Fra ideale e Realità, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy. (Cat.) → Art Praha, Mánes, Prague (with Galerie Caesar Olomouc). (Cat.) → Trentacinquesimo, Studio D’arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy. → Tschechische Künstler zum Eintritt in die EU. Begegnungen - Das vertraute im unbekannten, Galerie Kubus, Hannover, Germany. → Passione di Mela, Palazzo Morenbberg, Sarnonico, Italy. (Cat.) → Smile away the parties, Gemeentemuseum Helmont, Helmont, Netherlands. → Bylo, nebylo... Pohádkové motivy v ceském moderním a soucasném umení/Has been, wasn´ t ... Fabulous motives in Czech modern and contemporary art, Galerie moderního umení, Hradec Králové; Horácká galerie, Nové Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. (Cat.) 2003 → Pictura magistra vitae. I nuovi simbolidella pittura contemporanea, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Bologna, Italy. (Cat.) → Dalí und die Magier der Mehrdeutigkeit, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany. (Cat.) → D’Après. Da Anzinger a Warhol, Gas Art Gallery, Turin, Italy. (Cat.) → Bright Lights, Big City, David Zwirner, New York, NY, USA. → A Clear Vision. Photographische Werke aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Internationales Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. (Cat.) 2002 → AlimentArte, Arte come cibo per la mente, Villa Widmann Foscari, Rezzonico, Mira, Italy. (Cat.) → Cowboys en Kroegtigers, Gemeentemuseum Helmont, Helmont, Netherlands. → Klopfzeichen/Kunst und Kultur der 80er Jahre in Deutschland, Museum der Bildenden Künste und Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, Leipzig; Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany. 2001 → Home Made, Musée International des Arts Modestes (MIAM), Sète, France. → Pat Hearn Memorial, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Floating time 2001 /Tuin der lusten/Bizar realisme, Museum Het Kruithuis, Zwanenbroedershuis, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. → Juliet XX Years, Trieste, Italy.

2000 → Umení 20. století/Art of the 20th century, Národní galerie, Prague, Czech Republic. → Venti da Nord, Galleria Galica, Milan, Italy. → Glas, Galerie Uta Klotz, Cologne, Germany. → Il Corridoio, Hafnarhus, Reykjavik, Iceland. → Sympozium, Dílna. Zámek Mikulov, Mikulov, Czech Republic. → Milan Kunc, Joost Van Den Toorn - Private collection, Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris, France. 1999 → Sculpture in ceramica, Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem, Netherlands. 1998 → Okruh umelcu Galerie Carini/Artists of Galleria Carini. (Barni, Bonechi, Cannella, Ceccobelli, Cucchi, Gallo, Chia, Knap, Kunc, Marini, Salvo, Zorio), Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Nordic Haus, Reykjavik, Iceland. 1997 → Brandend zand-keramiek, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands. (Cat.) 1996 → Arch Connely, Milan Kunc, Artus Pixel, Domenico Zindato. Œuvres porno-érotiques, Galerie OZ, Paris, France. → Artfair, Stelling Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 1995 → Zimmerdenkmäler, Bochum, Germany; Galerie Apunto, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Tony Cragg, Milan Kunc, Carel Visser Ontwerpen in glas, Carin Delcourt van Krimpen, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 1994 → Šedá cihla 66/1994 Exil, Galerie zámek Klenová, Klenová, Czech Republic. (Cat.) → Le Cirque, Renée Fotouhi Fine Art, East Hampton, New York, NY, USA; Galerie De La Tour, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → M. Kunc - A. Frechen, Boden Oppendorf Rasor Raue, Cologne, Germany. 1993 → Gartenzwerge für die IGA, Artlantis, Stuttgart, Germany. → Trevi ex Vero, Palazzo Ubaldi, Trevi, Italy.

1991 → Ambienti, Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milan, Italy. (Cat.) → Lunatica, Untitled & Astra, Milan, Italy. → Kitsch blir Kunst, Kunstforeningen, Kunstmuseum, Herning, Denmark. (Cat.) → Galerie Schulze präsentiert Maximalisten, Galerie Schulze, Cologne, Germany. (Cat.) → Maximalists, (Fridjonsson, Jori, Kunc, Shokof, Vaccari), Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Das Goldene Zeitalter, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany. (Cat.) → Wir arbeiten mit der Fotokamera (II.), Osteuropäisches Kulturzentrum IGNIS, Cologne, Germany. → Wanderlieder, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Cat.) 1990 → Peter Angermann, Milan Kunc, Jan Knap, Galeria Temple, Valencia, Spain. → Artistes de Colonia-allò bell, allò sinistre. Centre d’Art St. Mónica, Barcelona, Spain. (Cat.) → Maximalismus/Maximalism. Galerie Schulze. Cologne, Germany. (Cat.) → Landscapes - Kunc, Salvo, Thompson, Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX, USA. (Cat.) → Europa America. Aspetti degli anni ´ 8 0, Esedra arte contemporanea, Asti, Italy. → Peter Angermann, Jan Knap, Milan Kunc, Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart, Germany. (Cat.) 1989 → Pyramiden, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen-Bachem, Cologne, Germany. (Cat.) → Natura morta, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy. → Il Bascaiolo Magico e la Civetta, Monti Associazione Culturare, Rome, Italy. (Cat.) → Das konstruierte Bild, Kunstverein München; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Forum Böttcherstasse, Bremen; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. (Cat.) → Künstler verwenden Fotografie, Institut für Auslandbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany. (Cat.) → Artoon - I´ i nfluenza del fumetto nelle arti visive del XX secolo, Palazzo Cività del Lavoro, Rome, Italy. (Cat.) → Prospect 89, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany. → Collectiva, Galleria Nicola Verlato, Bologna, Italy. (Cat.)

1992 → T. Císarovský, J. David, J. G. Dokoupil, J. Knap. V. Kokolia, M. Kunc, A. Strížek, Monti associazione culturale, Rome, Italy. (Cat.) → Cocart, Bianca Pilat Galleria, Milan, Germany. (Cat.) → 7 artisti in vetta, Studio d’arte Raffaelli, Trento, Germany. (Cat.) → Ceskoslovenská fotografie v exilu, Galerie Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic.

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1988 → Dokoupil, Kunc, Pagano, Salvatori, Salvo, Galeria La Nouova Pesa, Rome, Italy. (Cat.) → Ritratti di un nome A. B. O. Fortezza Da Basso, Florence, Italy. (Cat.) → Hommage-demontage, Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, Belgium. (Cat.) → Eros&Arch, Galerie Torch, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Cat.) → Kölnischer Künstler Photographieren. Photoarbeiten aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach Hamburg, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany. (Cat.) → Nature Morte, Galerie Magers, Bonn, Germany. (Cat.) → Sammlung Murken, Städt. Kunstmuseum Bonn; Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Oldenburg; Museum Wiesbaden; Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren; Städt. Galerie Regensburg, Germany. (Cat.)

1984 → Ansatzpunkte kritischer Kunst heute, Kunstverein Bonn, Germany; Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany. (Cat.) → Algus, Cheverney, Condo, Desautels, Kunc, Pollack, Schuyff, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Twilightzone. Catclub (e. 7th St. Gallery), New York, NY, USA. → Handpainted Dreams, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → 7 Maler als Graphiker, Kunstring Folkwang, Essen, Germany. (Cat.) → Nouveau Bohême, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany. (Cat.) → Von hier aus. Zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf, (Gruppe Normal), Messegelände Halle 13, Dusseldorf, Germany. (Cat.)

1987 → Collection Peter Brahms, Fred L. Emerson Gallery, New York, NY, USA; Lamont Gallery, New Hampshire, NH, USA. (Cat.) → Sette artisti dell´ 8 7, Monti associazione culturale, Rome, Italy. → drawing - tekenen 87 - dessin - zeichnen, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Cat.)

1983 → Intoxication, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Der letzte Schrei, Malhaus, Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany. (Cat.) → Aspekte heutiger deutscher Kunst, Verein der Freunde der Neuen Galerie, Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany. (Cat.) → Group Show (Cheverney, Condo, Bowes, Kunc), Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

1986 → Primer Salón Irrealista, Galería Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife. (Cat.) → Kunstmatige Paradijzen, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands. → Kunc, Ontani, Salvo, Galleria Luce, Venice, Italy. (Cat.) → Milan Kunc, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Salvo, Edward Totah Gallery, London, UK. → Kunc, Ontani, Salvo, Schulze, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy. → Terra Motus, Fondazione Lucio Armelio, Napoli, Italy. (Cat.) → What it is, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA. (Cat.) → Europa/Amerika. Die Geschischte einer künstlerischen Faszination seit 1940, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. (Cat.) → Aanwinsten moderne Kunst, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands. → Gruppe Normal, Graphikmappe des Griffelkunstverlags, Hamburg, Germany. 1985 → Photographs of Contemporary Artists, Pace McGill Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Rheingold, 40 artisti da Colonia e Düsseldorf, Palazzo delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy. (Cat.) → Tiefe Blicke, Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany. (Cat.) → Künstliche Paradiese, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; (7. 11.—8. 12.); Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany. (Cat.) → Work of Paper, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

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1982 → between 9, Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany. → 10 junge Künstler aus Deutschland, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany. (Cat.) → La Giovane Pittura in Germania (Die junge Malerei in Deutschland), Comune di Bologna. Galeria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy. (Cat.) → Normal, Galerie Nörballe, Copenhagen, Denmark. → Ecole Normale and Friends, Galerie Hartmut Beck in Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany. → Thinking of the Europe, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland. (Cat.) → Gott oder Geissel - Erotik in der Kunst heute, Kunstverein Bonn, Germany; Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany. 1981 → Treibhaus, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany. → Nice Biennale, Nice, France. → International exhibition, (Normal), Lisbon, Portugal. → Aljofre Barroco, (Normal). Salone di Palazzo Ducezio, Noto, Italy. (Cat.) → Gruppe Normal, Museo civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Gibelina, Italy. → Normal, Neue Galerie - Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany. (Cat.) → Kunstanschläge II, (Normal), Galerie Magers, Bonn, Germany.

1980 → Normal, Ha Jo Müller, Cologne, Germany. → Times Square Show (Group Normal), New York, NY, USA. → Normal, Galerie Defet, Nuremberg, Germany. → XI. Biennale de Paris, (Group Normal), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France. (Cat.) → Rundschau Deutschland, Lothringerstr. 13, Munich, Germany. → Mysterium der Geburt, Neue Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany. → Après le classicisme, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France. 1979 → Kunstanschläge I (Group Normal), Plakatwende, Galerie Magers, Bonn, Germany. → Tierfabrik (Group Normal), Plakatwende, Dusseldorf, Germany. → Schlaglichter, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany. 1977 → Luxuskeramik, Ehrenhof, Dusseldorf, Germany. 1976 → Nachbarschaft, Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany. 1975 → Peinlicher Realismus, Galeria Art 296, Dusseldorf, Germany.


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: SOLO EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

2009 → Milan Kunc, Sculpture, text Yves Aupetitallot, JRP|Ringier, Zurich, Switerland. 2007 → Milan Kunc, Sul filo dell’ enigma, text Susanna Horvatovicova, Galleria Maniero, Rome, Italy. → Milan Kunc, bilder/pictures/obrazy 1973—2006, text Tomáš Vlcek, Boris Groys, Donald Kuspit, biography Miroslav Schubert, KANT, Prague, Czech Republic. 2006 → Milan Kunc, Obrazy a kresby/Paintings and drawings, text Jirí Olic, Miroslav Schubert. Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic. 2005 → Milan Kunc, The drawings collection, text Luca Beatrice, Galleria Santa Marta, Milan, Italy. 2004 → Milan Kunc, Tra ready made e Ostalgia, La pittura di Milan Kunc, text Luca Beartice, Giampiero Biasutti Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy. 2002 → Milan Kunc, Pastels and drawings, text Peter Weiermair, Galleria del Tasso Arte Contemporanea 2001, Bergamo, Italy. 2001 → Milan Kunc, text Emma Rossi, Alessandro Riva, Skira editore, Milan, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Ceramic, text Vittoria Coen, Sassuolo, Associazione Culturale Betta Frigieri, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy. 2000 → Milan Kunc, text Milan Kunc, Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy. 1998 → Milan Kunc, text Jorge Luis Borges, Sio Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. → Milan Kunc, text Sara Fontana, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy. → Milan Kunc - Land des Lächelns, Link, The Contemporary Art Company, The Hague, Netherlands. 1995 → Milan Kunc, Opere scelte, text Fiorenzo Degasperi, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy. 1994 → Milan Kunc, Zeichnungen, text Gregory Fuller, ETS Editing Services, Stuttgart, Germany. → Milan Kunc, Neue Galerie, Bad Marienberg, Germany.

1992 → Milan Kunc in Tirol. Galleria Goethe, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974—1978) Verfeinerte Malerei (1986—1992), text Boris Groys, Donald Kuspit, Pavel Liška, Milan Kunc, Edition Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany. 1991 → Milan Kunc, Fotopop, text Hubert Winkels, Tröster & Schlüter Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany. 1990 → Milan Kunc, Passport of all Republics, text Salvo, Galleria Toselli, Milan, Italy. → Milan Kunc, Opere 1979—1985, text Helena Kontova, Galeria Verlato, Milan, Italy. 1989 → Milan Kunc. Paintings & Drawings. text Mariuccia Casadio, Edward Totah Gallery, London, UK.

1988 → Milan Kunc, text José Lebrero Stals, Galería La Máquina Española, Madrid, Spain. → Milan Kunc, text Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and Jan van Adrichem, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Milan Kunc, Designi, text Enzo Siciliano, Luca Edizioni d’Arte, Rome, Italy. 1987 → Milan Kunc, text Achille Bonito Oliva, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy. 1986 → Milan Kunc, Paintings, text Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Jan van Adrichem, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. → Milan Kunc, Renaissance Übungen, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany. → Milan Kunc, text Wilhelm Schuermann, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Preview of paintings and drawings by the Czechoslovakian artist Milan Kunc, Gallery Hillmann Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA, USA. 1985 → Milan Kunc, Neue Ikonen 1982—85/Romantic Landscapes, text Diego Cortez, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany; Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA. → Milan Kunc, Fotoarbeiten 1978—1986, text Walter Grasskamp, CCD Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany. 1984 → Milan Kunc, Neue Ikonen, Arbeiten 1979—84, text Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Jan van Adrichem, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany.

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