kuk

cologne 

ROBERT KUNEC

WORKS  II  BIOGRAPHY  II  REVIEWS 

Still Hungry, MDF, boxspring, 300 x 350 x 120 cm, 2012 

Suicide bomber 1/1, fibreglass/Polyester, 305 x 320 x 40 cm, 2009 

Suicide bomber 1/1, fibreglass/Polyester, 305 x 320 x 40 cm, 2009 

Suicide bomber 1/1, „Timer“ magazine illustrating Suicide Bomber 1/1, 2009

Das Holz, installation, 2009 

Das Holz, installation, 2009

Man with Beard, Silicone, wooden frame, wooded board, 60 x 50 x 25 cm, 2011-2013 

Man with Beard, Silicone, wooden frame, wooded board, 60 x 50 x 25 cm, 2011-2013 

Terra Sancta, Installation, flags of Israel_Palestine, table, ventilator, cable, 2011 

Ax, bronze (real size weapon), 2012 

Bread is going up, baking forms, 130 x 230 cm, 2012 

Cinis, ashes, 33 x 30 x 30 cm, 2011 

It’s not a bomb, suit case, 2009 

Flag Day, iron, flag, iron board, 2005 

Flag Day (detail), iron, flag, iron board, 2005

Tourist map of Iraq from 2003, 63 x 116 cm, 2011

The Twelve, Installation, various scrap parts, 12 pieces, 110 x 335 x 32 cm, 2012 

The Twelve, object ‚John’, total size of 12 works: 110 x 335 x 32 cm, 2012

The Twelve, photographs, 110 x 335 x 32 cm, 2012 

The Twelve, photography, ‚John’, total size of 12 works: 110 x 335 x 32 cm, 2012 

Explosus, polyurethane from car industry modeling, 140 x 500 x  300 cm, 2010

We confess, DIY KIT, 120 x 80 x 55 cm, 2012 

We confess, DIY KIT, 120 x 80 x 55 cm, 2012 

We confess, DIY KIT, 120 x 80 x 55 cm, 2012

We confess, DIY KIT, 120 x 80 x 55 cm, 2012

No concept painting, screen print ink on 20 rubber panels, 300 x 360 cm, 2011

No concept painting, screen print ink on 20 rubber panels, 300 x 360 cm, 2011

Recent Covers II,  Time Magazine, collage, paint, 2014/2015 

Recent Covers II,  Time Magazine, collage, paint, 2014/2015  

Recent Covers II,  Time Magazine, collage, paint, 2014/2015 

Recent Covers II,  Time Magazine, collage, paint, 2014/2015  


After 9/11, there was an almost inflationary attempt within the contemporary art world to evaluate the images of this singular event so aestheticized by the media. Robert Kunec’s work, which deals with the phenomenon of suicide bombing, is convincing and unique. It delivers an impressive image of the inner workings of this phenomenon, and its use of ideology and coercive indoctrination as tools with which to take control of the subject in absolute terms. It asks: »What role does the person behind the uniform play in a religiously motivated conflict?« The image that Kunec has found oscillates between a building kit and a bomb. Both of these are of a mechanical nature and they illustrate the complex idea of subjectiv- ity within intercultural context, with one of its most extreme examples. Man as toy soldier, a subject deprived of its will, or a believer ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for his faith. Kunec investigates the history of this militant system of sacrifice and its use in the »arsenals« of Germany, Japan and Russia during the second World War, in relation to its portrayal in the media today. His work focuses on the use of propaganda by terror »Sponsors«, as well its use in the misleading analyses of their Western combatants. Kunec reminds us to pay attention to the person transformed into the toy soldier, hidden beneath the uniform. The most shattering experience of all of this is undoubtedly the degradation of the universal subject into a mannequin, devoid of free will, trapped in an ever hardening and empty shell, one that is all to easily assembled.

Prof. Dr. Eugen Blume,
 Director Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum der Gegenwart, Berlin 


BIOGRAPHY Robert Kunec


Born 1978 in Bardejov, Slowakia

Lives in Halle/Saale, Germany

 

EDUCATION

 

1997- 2000    Studies with academic sculptor Dusan Poncák

                        Artist Blacksmith in Presov/ Slowakia

2000–2003    Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

                        Sculptor /Restoration

2004–2008    Diploma in Fine Arts/Sculpture at Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Halle/ Saale

2009                Scholarship Kunststiftung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt

 

SOLO Exhibitions


2017    Collateral Damage I, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany   

       Collateral Damage II, aeroplastics contemporary / Washington 186, Brussels, Belgium

2016    Poppostions, Brussels, Belgium

2015    Still Hungry, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany

2014    New Works, guest at Galerie Sebastian Brandl, Cologne, Germany

2013    CORNET, stage scenery for R.M.Rilke‘s opus, Intecta, Halle; Germany

2012    ACT OF TREASON, krupic kersting || kuk, Köln/Cologne

             END-STOFF-LICHT, Peterskirche, Benediktinerklosterkirche Petersberg, Erfurt, Germany  

2011    IN THE NAME OF, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, USA

             VOLTA NY, New York, USA, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany  

2010    WEED/UNKRAUT, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne

             EXPLOSUS, Intecta, Halle, Germany

2009    SB 1/1, Preview Berlin, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany

             KUNSTPREIS 08, Kunstforum, Halle, Germany  

              IT’S NOT A BOMB / PARANOIA, with Alma Suljevic, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany  

             WERKSCHAU, Ufo Galerie, Halle, Germany

 

GROUP Exhibitions


2016    Seht, da der Mensch, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany (by Kunstmuseum Magdeburg) 

             with C.  Boltanski, Jannis Kounellis, J. Gerz etc.

             Rundgang Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany, by aeroplastics contemporary, Brussels/Belgium

             Forever, curated by Jerome Jacobs of aeroplastics contemporary, Kortrijk, BE 


2015    Neue Sinnlichkeit, JVA Magdeburg, Germany

             The Others, Torino, Italy  

2014    The remarkable Lightness of Being, aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

             Positionen, Ales South Bohemian Gallery/Museum, Hluboka nad Vitavou, Czech Republik  

             Zeitzeugen, artrmx e.V., Cologne, Germany, curated by Maria Wildeis  

             Fragile, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany  

2013    PORTAS ABERTAS, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Portugal

              BON COURAGE, Werkschau, Freiraum Leipzig, Germany

              STEP 09, Milano, Italy  

              PREMIO COMEL, Latina, Italy  

2012    COLOGNE CONTEMPORARIES, Galerienrundgang, Cologne, Germany

             ART 4 PEACE III, Cut Up Galerie, Rastede, Germany  

             KREUZECKE, Süße Ecke reloaded, Erfurt, Germany  

             THREE DIMENSIONAL, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne, Germany  

2011    PETERSBERG SYMPOSIUM Peterskirche, Benediktinerklosterkirche Petersberg, Erfurt, Germany

             WESTEND, Museum on the Seam, Socio-political contemporary art Museum, Jerusalem, Israel  

             AQUA ART MIAMI, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel New York, Miami, USA  

             GERECHTIGKEIT SCHAFFT FRIEDEN Stift Klosterneuburg, Austria  

             KRIEG IM FRIEDEN?, Kunstpavillon. München, Germany  

             JAGDSAISON, Gloria, Berlin, Germany

             EIN LAND IN BEWEGUNG, Landtag, Magdeburg, Germany  

2010    PETERSBERG SYMPOSIUM Peterskirche, Benediktinerklosterkirche St. Peter und Paul, Erfurt, Germany

             AU TRAVERS DE L‘ EUROPE, krupic kersting galerie || kuk, Cologne, Germany  

2009    SCHILLER-LEBEN, Kunst-Theater Project, Erfurt, Germany

2008    DIPLOME, Volkspark Galerie, Halle, Germany

             GUTES AMERIKA - BÖSES AMERIKA, Galerie NOAH, Augsburg, Germany  

2007    SPRING SALON 07 Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

             JUSTICE FOR ALL? Death Penalty Art Show, M2 Gallery, Houston/Texas, USA  

             THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, USA  

2006    FREESTYLE 2-3-d, Energy Gallery, Toronto, Canada

             JUSTICE FOR ALL? Death Penalty Art Show, Gallery Lombardi, Austin/Texas USA  

             SEPTEMBER EXHIBITION Projekt 30 Gallery, New York USA  

            KUNSTRASEN 2006. Ersatzbank der Gefühle, Stadtmuseum Halle/Saale, Germany  

            WERKE, Abtsgmünd, Germany  

            RASEN ÜBER KOPFSTEINPFLASTER, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen, Germany  

            FINALE, Salzmann-Schule, Halle/Saale, Germany

2005    SCHÖNHEIT-FREIHEIT, Friedrich Schiller Jahr, Museum Schloss Elisabethenburg, Meiningen, Germany

             SCHÖNHEIT-FREIHEIT, Städtische Galerie ADA, Meiningen, Germany  

2001    Exhibition at „Lapidarium of the national museum“, Prague, Czech Republic

 

GRANTS

 

2014    ARTWARD Munich, Artist in Residence at Collection Alain Servais, Brussels

2008    Kunstpreis der Stiftung der Stadt- und Saalkreissparkasse“, Halle 2008

2006    Sculptor-Symposium, Abtsgmünd, Germany

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY | PUBLICATIONS

 

2011    ROBERT KUNEC, Kunststiftung Sachsen Anhalt und Kloster Bergesche Stiftung, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne

2009    SUICIDE BOMBER /ROBERT KUNEC, krupic kersting || kuk, Cologne

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Private collections in Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Germany  

Sammlungen des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany 

Born 1978 in Bardejov, Slowakia  

 

Lives in Halle/Saale, Germany