Lira Gallery, Rome pays tribute to two outstanding positions within Central European art with an exhibition of works by Stano Filko (1938-2015) and Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997). Despite their different biographical origins, they both were primarily invested in the widespread concerns of Nouveaux Réalisme. Kogelnik was a native Carinthian relocated to New York in 1962. There her acquaintance with prominent Pop Artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, along with general enthusiasm for the rampant technological progress of the 60s, gave critical momentum to her existing approach. During those years she developed some recurrent stylistic motifs: floating stenciled figures with abstract modification reminiscent of implant, stray body parts and various symbols on backdrops of gridded or dispersed polka dots. Around the same time in Bratislava, North Slovakian Stano Filko claimed the entire city his readymade artwork for his 1965 Happsoc-Manifesto. In 1973-74, together with Miloš Laky and Ján Zavarsky, he composed the White Space in a White Space Manifesto, which set the foundation for a series of actions, installations and objects centered on the simple act of applying white paint on a white ground.
Stano Filko and Kiki Kogelnik
Lira Gallery, Rome
Through January 17
All images: Courtesy Lira Gallery Rome, Photos: Federico Ridolfi