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The Cunard Building

Exhibition Detail
Kissing Through Glass, 2007
Water Street
Liverpool L3 1ES
United Kingdom

September 15th, 2012 - November 25th, 2012
, Jiří KovandaJiří Kovanda
© Courtesy of the Artist and gb agency, Paris
United Kingdom

Jiří Kovanda first appeared on the art scene along with the second generation of Czech actionism in the late 1970s. He has recently been discovered in the West through his minimalist actions and ‘action-interventions’, which might be referred to as protocols of a general record. They differ significantly from older Czech Fluxus activities, which had pedagogical and utopian aims, and from those of his contemporaries, whose performances often explored physical and existential frontiers. Kovanda’s simple actions like gazing fixedly into the eyes of people encountered on an escalator, for example, or intentionally-unintentionally touching chance passers-by on the street can be understood as attempts to make contact.

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