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Jiri Kovanda for Liverpool Biennial

15 SEPTEMBER - 25 NOVEMBER 2012, LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL. The outstanding conceptual Czech artist Jiri Kovanda takes part in this year's Liverpool Biennial. Kovanda will perform his piece Kissing Through the Glass, originally commissioned by Tate Modern, and introduce his exhibition entitled I love you (Miluju Te).

Jiri Kovanda first appeared on the art scene along with the second generation of Czech actionism in the late 1970s. He has recently been discovered in the West through his minimalist actions and ‘action-interventions’, which might be referred to as protocols of a general record. They differ significantly from older Czech Fluxus activities, which had pedagogical and utopian aims, and from those of his contemporaries, whose performances often explored physical and existential frontiers. Kovanda’s simple actions like gazing fixedly into the eyes of people encountered on an escalator, for example, or intentionally-unintentionally touching chance passers-by on the street can be understood as attempts to make contact.


Kissing Through Glass, 2007
Venue: The Cunard Building , Water Street , Liverpool L3 1ES

Open 10AM - 6PM
More at: http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk/programmes/festivals/whatson/42/4/2012/545/kissing-through-glass-2007-/


Exhibition

I Love You, 2008
Venue:
Lime Street Station, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JD

More at: http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk/programmes/festivals/whatson/0/4/2012/546/i-love-you-2008/


Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and gb agency, Paris