Viktor Frešo

Viktor Frešo

Viktor Frešo studied in Bratislava at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design and in Prague at the Academy of Fine Arts where he graduated and received his diploma in 2003. Frešo is considered among the most remarkable figures of European conceptual art in the region of the former Czechoslovakia. His work and overall approach to art is atypical in the way it reflects Eastern Europe's constantly evolving society and culture.

 

The artist materializes sophisticated concepts and projects, presenting them as seemingly simple ideas and works of art. Unafraid to challenge norms, his critical perspective sometimes expresses his contempt for the art scene itself albeit with a light, humorous and playful undertone. Characteristic of his creation is the counterpoint he creates between huge, grandiose ego-forward art with gesture-dominant work that is almost disarming with its irony and humility. His ability to reveal both dark and comical sides of his soul endears the viewer by allowing access to the artist's unflattering flaws and life stumbles regardless of consequence.  

 

In sum, Viktor Frešo is interested in direct, efficient, visual tools. He prefers a short interval between action and reaction and enjoys when viewers have speedy, unmediated responses to his work. He has no compunction presenting radical and sometimes critical opinions of society that might irritate and provoke discussions about what is and what is not acceptable as contemporary art or what it means to be a whole-heartedly self-centered  artist. Whether he intervenes in public spaces or exhibits in galleries, he takes care that his raw, creative actions show themselves in the works' final execution – a grand, critical, honest, artistic, gesture.

 

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

 

Wrocław Contemporary Museum

FMOPA, FLorida Museum of Photographic Art Tampa, USA

Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK

Bulgaria National Gallery, Sofia

Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK

Czech National Gallery, Prague, CZ

City Gallery Prague, CZ

Colección Arte Al Límite, Santiago de Chile, CL

Collective, Bratislava, SK

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, SK

East Slovakian Gallery, Košice, SK

Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, SK

City Gallery, Rimavská Sobota, SK

Museum Art.Plus, Donaueschingen, DE

Vojtech Löffler Museum, Košice, SK

Wanrooij collection, Amsterdam, NL

Private collections HU, CR, USA, BR,

MX, DE, IT, CH, CZ, AT, LT, SK, NL,

CU, UY, SX, AU, UA, AR

 

Solo Exhibitions SELECTED

 

01.05.2021 - Family Vintage: Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, SK

13.03.2021 - Birth of Self and the Complexity of Ego: K contemporary, Denver, USA

10.05.2019 - Mirorring Me: FMOPA Florida Museum of Photographic Art Tampa, USA

06.09.2018 - That’s What I Call a Concept: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ

11.06.2015 – Dokoupil - Freso: Kunsthalle Košice, SK

12.01.2014 - Park Me: Cotilla Gallery Fort Lauderdale Miami, USA

17.01.2012 - Connection: Eastern Slovakian Gallery, Košice, SK

08.09.2010 - Something About ART: Galerie U Dobrého pastýře, Brno, CZ

22.10.2009 - Viktor Freso in Chicago: Open concept gallery, Grand Rapids, USA

 

Joined Exhibitions SELECTED

 

09.11.2021 - Great Expectations: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ

13.10.2021 - Unique Stuffle: VUNU Gallery Košice, SK

24.09.2021 - Hybrid-IN: Galeria BWA Wrocław Główny, PL

20.08.2021 - Bohemiae Rosa: National Gallery Kvadrat 500, Sofia, BG

29.07.2021 - Action Everything: City Gallery Bratislava, SK

19.12.2020 - AS OF NOW III: K Contemporary Denver, USA

24.10.2019 - Sculpture by the Sea: Sydney, AU

17.10.2019 - Museum of Now Berlin: Germany, DE

05.10.2019 - Nuit BLanche: Paris, FR

06.09.2019 - City Mejkap: Gallery Klatovy/Klenova, CZ

02.07.2019 - Traveling to the End: MMCA, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KR

18.04.2019 - Signal the story of post conceptual Art in Slovakia: Ludwig Museum Budapest, HU

12.04.2019 - Bienal de la Habana 2019: Havana, CU

11.12.2018 - PROBE: Slovak Post-conceptual Art. City Gallery Prague, CZ

29.11.2018 - OBJECTive: Kunsthalle Bratislava, SK

01.09.2018 - Monumenta: Leipzig, DE

13.06.2018 - Bakelit: Slovak Contemporary Art, Alkatohaz City Gallery Miskolc, HU

19.01.2018 - Pretty soon if this up im going to have enevelop the entire universe: Gdańsk City Gallery, PL

17.08.2017 - Escape Route: Rooster Gallery, Vilnius, LT

10.07.2017 - Nord ART: The Kunstwerk Carshüte, DE

16.06.2016 - Gods Own Country: Yorkshire Festival, UK

11.06.2016 - Transitory People: Parco D’Arte Quarelli, Roccverano, IT

17.12.2015 - Reversed: MSUV, Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, RS

23.03.2015 - The Soft Codes: Wrocław Contemporary Art Museum, PL

09.11.2012 - The Journey to St. Petersburg: Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

30.10.2012 - The Real Emotions: Muzeul Naţional de Artă Cluj, RO

24.03.2012 - Zéró évek: Modern és Kortárs Művészeti Központ, Debrecen, HUN

20.09.2011 - Daisies and Clones: The Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK

03.06.2010 - Kas ir čechu maksla: Kulturas centra Ilgumciems, Riga, LT

25.05.2010 - Transgression,Videotage: Asia’s New Media Art Collective Since, Hong Kong, CN

25.02.2010 - Formate der Transformation 89–09: Museum auf Abruf, Vienna, AT

05.02.2009 - Contact: Contemporay Norwieg and Slovak Art, Oslo, NO

17.10.2008 - 1960 --> present time: The City Gallery, Prague, CZ

06.07.2008 - Im Herzen Europas: Badhomburg, DE

03.06.2008 - Internationa Triennale of Contemporary Art: The National Gallery in Prague, CZ

27.05.2007 - Praguebiennale 3: Prague, CZ

03.05.2007 - HDP: The City Gallery, Prague, CZ

20.10.2006 - Transfer: Muzej savremene umenosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad, RS

21.09.2006 - Autobiographies: Secession Haus, Vienna, AT

20.09.2006 - For some seeds the meal is the end of the journey: Tranzit, Bratislava, SK

08.05.2006 - Air Cruiser: Forumstatpark, Graz, AT

26.05.2005 - Praguebiennale 2: Prague, CZ

14.05.2005 - Blaspheme me: Utopiebaustelle Theaterplatz: Wiemar, DE

15.11.2004 - Four Roses: Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, PL

27.03.2004 - European media festival: Osnabrueck, DE

20.03.2004 - New Media Art Festival: Bangkok, TH 

 

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