Peter R├│nai (*1953)
KUNSTinHALLE, 1972 ÔÇô 2014
installation of a┬ánumber of pictures of smaller formats, variable dimensions
acquired by purchasing from the author in 2015 (grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic)
The author’s way of thinking is characterized by intellectual approach and blending of philosophy and fine arts, often together with creating tautologies. Generally, it is not possible to provide a┬áformal, thematic, and semantic framework for his work; the author avoids any precise anchoring (description, interpretation) by relativizing, situating himself in a┬áborderline position, and resisting conventions (exhibition, curatorial, or those present in the practice of art history).
To a┬ácertain extent, KUNSTinHALLE is a┬átime-lapse project presented as the author’s archive, but not just in the sense of presentation of works or artefacts related to their origin. Approximately one hundred pictures of smaller format reveal the typical trait or R├│nai┬┤s work ÔÇô the penetration of his artistic and individual trajectories into the history of art in terms of the disappearance of art in everyday life. Thus, the format of the presentation defies the author’s perception of the traditional model of writing the history of art. Through the perspective of each particular picture (but also the compound whole) and regardless of their chronological order, however, the piece serves as a┬ásignificant memory trace of his work.