Július KollerUniversal-Cultural Futurological Operation 1970

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Artist
Július Koller (1939‑2007)
Title
Universal-Cultural Futurological Operation
Universál-Kultúrna Futurologická Operácia
Date 1970
MediumPhotograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 234 x 160 mm
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Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2007
Reference
T12430
Not on display

Summary

Universal-Cultural Futurological Operation is a photograph showing the artist pretending to use a bicycle pump on a ping-pong ball. He is wearing a large badge bearing his initials, ‘J K’. Koller often used his initials to designate himself, and they became more than just a reference to his name. He explained: ‘J.K. is my logo. In Slovak, J and K are also the initials of Jesus Christ. They allude to the humanist culture that forms the fundamental concept of my life. From that comes a universal concept which says that humans are beings between heaven and earth.’ (Quoted in
Böhler and Seidl, p.144). The absurd gesture of trying to pump up a ping-pong ball recalls Koller’s early interest in Dada… (read more)

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