The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris has invited Roman Ondák, one of the leading figures in today's art field, to design an exhibition for ARC, the Museum's contemporary art arm.
Ondák 's work is often based on the various contexts in which he is invited to do projects. Focusing on reminiscences, minute differences and a sense of déjà vu, he uses memory as a core element, while leaving the viewer's imagination to range freely. In this way his exhibitions become repositories for individual and group experiences.
Aiming at more than a simple retrospective, Ondák sees this exhibition as the chance to provide an overview of his current concerns. Among the exhibited works is Measuring the Universe, here in its first French version, which weaves an intangible link with his earlier works. In this ongoing, open-ended piece, which requires the participation of the museum personnel and the public, each visitor can see his or her first name, a mark signifying height and date of measuring inscribed on a wall in the exhibition space. Thus the piece gradually takes shape according to the number of spectators who agree to take part.
Ondák's intention is to create unusual situations and points of view through which our way of seeing the outside world changes imperceptibly.
Since the early 1990s, in a complex oeuvre Ondák has been engaging with the heritage of Conceptualism and Minimalism, drawing on both global influences and references specific to the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
Roman Ondák was born in Žilina, Slovakia in 1966. He lives and works in Bratislava.