Milan Kunc

* 1944

“Milan Kunc’s art forms were the flow of the history of western painting crashes against the steep cliffs of the present. This is where flamboyant whorls and deep insights are fashioned. New myths born of the foam.”  

Hubert Winkels

Milan Kunc was born in Prague, Czech Republic. From 1964 to 1967 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He emigrated to Germany in 1969. From 1970 to 1975 he studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (Germany) with Prof. Joseph Beuys and Prof. Gerhard Richter. In 1979, he founded “Gruppe Normal” with Jan Knap and Peter Angermann. In 1981 he participated in the legendary Times Square Show in New York. During Kunc’s stay in New York, Pop-Surrealism had a profound impact on him. In 1982 he moved from Düsseldorf to Cologne. He worked throughout 1986 and 1987 in New York and moved to Rome, Italy in 1988. He stayed in Rome and Tuscany until 1991. During his stay in Rome he was inspired by Neoclassicism.  In his new, refined paintings he transformed classical Mediterranean metaphysics and lucidity. In 1994 and 1995, he moved to New York and East Hampton in the United States again where he had studios. In 1996 and 1997, he worked on a body of ceramic sculptures in The Hague, Netherlands before moving to Schlosstal in the Eifel, Germany where he spent 2 years. In 2000 Moved back to Cologne. Since 2004, he has lived and worked in Prague, Czech Republic. During last 5 years he visited India where he worked on drawing books. Kunc is called a predecessor of a low-brow movement.


Solo Exhibitions

1979 Milan Kunc. Normale Welt. Harlekin Art Galerie, Wiesbaden, Germany.
1980 Milan Kunc. Schilderijen. Galerie ´T Venster, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Milan Kunc. Normal Art. Zon Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
Milan Kunc. Art Normal (Paintings). Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Milan Kunc. Bilder und Zeichnungen. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1983 Milan Kunc. Bilder. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Milan Kunc. Neue Ikonen. Arbeiten von 1979–1984.
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Kriegsbilder 1975–1981. Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Nieuwe Ikonen. Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Galerie Hans-Jürgen Müller, Köln, Germany.

Milan Kunc. Neue Ikonen. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Romantic Landscapes. Pat Hearn Gallery,New York, USA.
Milan Kunc. Fotoarbeiten 1978–1986. CCD Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Milan Kunc. Works 1974–1986. Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, USA.
Milan Kunc.Gallery Hillmann Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Milan Kunc. Paintings. Galerie Swart. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Renaissance Übungen. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln, Germany.

Milan Kunc. Collagen 1978 und Pastelle 1987. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Le Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy.

Milan Kunc. Gallería La Máquina Española, Madrid, Spain.
Milan Kunc. Le Case d´Arte, Milan, Italy.
Milan Kunc. New Paintings. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA.
Milan Kunc. Disegni. La Nuova Pesa, Roma, Italy.

Milan Kunc. Photocollages. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA.
Milan Kunc. Arbeiten mit Photographie. Galerie PPS, internationale Kunstmesse Forum, Hamburg, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Paintings & Drawings. Edward Totah Gallery, London, UK.

Milan Kunc. Passpost of all Republics. Galleria Toselli, Milan, Italy.
Milan Kunc. Opere 1979-1985. Galleria Verlato, Milan, Italy.

1991 Milan Kunc. Fototopop. Tröster & Schlüter Galerie, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

Milan Kunc. Italienische Bilder 1990/91. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, , Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Corridor Gallery, Reykjavik, Island.
Milan Kunc. Galerie Patricia Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Milan Kunc in Tirol. Galleria Goethe Galerie, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy.
Milan Kunc. Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974–1978), Verfeinerte Malerei (1986–1992),
Letohrádek Belvedér, Praha, Czech Republic, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, Kunsthall Rotterdam, Nederland.
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

1993 Demonstrating New Icons. Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany.

Milan Kunc. Neue Galerie, Bad Marienberg, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Zeichnungen. Galerie A, Stuttgart, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Van pijnlijk realisme tot verfijnde schilderkunst (1974–1994). Kunsthall, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Portrettekeningen. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.   
Milan Kunc, Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. New Paintings. Gallery LOK, New York, USA.
Milan Kunc. Pinturas y Dibujos. Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

Milan Kunc. Opere scelte. Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy.
Milan Kunc. Céramiques, dessins et pastels, peintures.Galerie OZ, Paris, France.
Milan Kunc. New Ceramic & Glass. Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands.

Milan Kunc. Bilder und Keramikskulpturen.Galerie Brochier, Munich, Germany.
Milan Kunc. Galerie Václava Špály, Praha, Czech Republic.

1997 Milan Kunc. Bilder und Skulpturen. Galerie Patricia Asbæk,Copenhagen, Denmark; Art Cologne, Köln, Germany.

Milan Kunc. Studio d´Arte Cannaviello, Milano, Italy.
Milan Kunc. Ceramic. Museum het Princessenhof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Glass-works and paintings.Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten-d´Eendt, KunstRai´98, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Dibuixos, pintures, escultures. Sio Galeria, Barçelona, Spain.
1998–1999 Milan Kunc. Land des Lächelns. Link,The Contemporary Art Company, Den Haag, Netherlands.

1999 Milan Kunc. Galerie OZ, Paris, France.

2000 Milan Kunc. Galleria Sperone, Rome, Italy.

Milan Kunc. Galeria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Republica di San Marino, San Marino, Italy.
Milan Kunc. Ceramic. Centro Culturale, Sala Barbolini, Sassuolo, Italy.

2002 Milan Kunc. Pastels and drawings. Galleria del Tasso Arte Contemporanea,  Bergamo, Italy.

2003 Milan Kunc. Embarrassing Realism. L'Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy.

Milan Kunc. Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Milan Kunc. Tra ready made e Ostalgia. La pittura di Milan Kunc. Galleria Giampiero Biasutti, Torino, Italy.

2005 Milan Kunc. The drawings collection. Galleria Santa Marta, Milan, Italy.

Milan Kunc. Obrazy a kresby / Paintings and drawings. Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Milan Kunc in Amsterdam. Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Milan Kunc - Stillstehende Zeit. Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany.
Prospettive ribaltate di Milan Kunc e di Silvia Iorio. České centrum / Istituto Culturale Ceco, Rome, Italy.
Milan Kunc. Sul filo dell´enigma. Galleria Maniero, Roma
Milan Kunc - Zlatý věk (Výběr z díla 1968–2007) / Golden Age (Selected works 1968–2007). Dům umění města Brna / The Brno House of Art, Brno, Czech Republic.

2009 Milan Kunc. Sculpture. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich, Switzerland.

Milan Kunc. Amor a Psyche. Obrazy a kresby 1976–2009 / Amor and Psyche. Drawings and Paintings 1976–2009. Muzeum moderního umění, Olomouc / Muzeum of Modern Art, Olomouc, Czech Republic;
Kunstverein Weiden, Germany;
Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy, Czech Republic.

Milan Kunc - New sculptures. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich.
Milan Kunc 1979–1989. Zonca&Zonca Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy.
Milan Kunc – Gold Paintings. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2013 Drawings of Milan Kunc 1970–2012. Arkitektvägen 44, Stockholm, Sweden.

Online Books

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