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 immigrated to Germany in 1969. From 1970 to 1975, he studied at the Staatliche Kunstatakademie 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 on legendary Times Square Show in New York. During his stay in New York was deeply affected by Pop-Surrealism. 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. He transformed in his new refined looking paintings 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.
1982 Milan Kunc. Normal Art. Zon Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
1982 Milan Kunc. Art Normal (Paintings). Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
1982 Milan Kunc. Bilder und Zeichnungen. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1983 Milan Kunc. Bilder. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1984 Milan Kunc. Neue Ikonen. Arbeiten von 1979–1984.
1984 Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
1984 Milan Kunc. Kriegsbilder 1975–1981. Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.
1984 Milan Kunc. Nieuwe Ikonen. Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands.
1984 Milan Kunc. Galerie Hans-Jürgen Müller, Köln, Germany.
1985 Milan Kunc. Neue Ikonen. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln, Germany.
1985 Milan Kunc. Romantic Landscapes. Pat Hearn Gallery,New York, USA.
1985 Milan Kunc. Fotoarbeiten 1978–1986. CCD Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany.
1986 Milan Kunc. Works 1974–1986. Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, USA.
1986 Milan Kunc.Gallery Hillmann Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
1986 Milan Kunc. Paintings. Galerie Swart. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1986 Milan Kunc. Renaissance Übungen. Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln, Germany.
1987 Milan Kunc. Collagen 1978 und Pastelle 1987. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1987 Milan Kunc. Le Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy.
1988 Milan Kunc. Gallería La Máquina Española, Madrid, Spain.
1988 Milan Kunc. Le Case d´Arte, Milan, Italy.
1988 Milan Kunc. New Paintings. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA.
1988 Milan Kunc. Disegni. La Nuova Pesa, Roma, Italy.
1989 Milan Kunc. Photocollages. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA.
1989 Milan Kunc. Arbeiten mit Photographie. Galerie PPS, internationale Kunstmesse Forum, Hamburg, Germany.
1989 Milan Kunc. Paintings & Drawings. Edward Totah Gallery, London, UK.
1990 Milan Kunc. Passpost of all Republics. Galleria Toselli, Milan, Italy.
1990 Milan Kunc. Opere 1979-1985. Galleria Verlato, Milan, Italy.
1991 Milan Kunc. Fototopop. Tröster & Schlüter Galerie, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
1992 Milan Kunc. Italienische Bilder 1990/91. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, , Netherlands.
1992 Milan Kunc. Corridor Gallery, Reykjavik, Island.
1992 Milan Kunc. Galerie Patricia Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1992 Milan Kunc in Tirol. Galleria Goethe Galerie, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy.
1992 Milan Kunc. Peinlicher Realismus, Ost-Pop (1974–1978), Verfeinerte Malerei (1986–1992),
        Letohrádek Belvedér, Praha, Czech Republic, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, Kunsthall Rotterdam, Nederland.
1992 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
1993 Demonstrating New Icons. Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany.
1994 Milan Kunc. Neue Galerie, Bad Marienberg, Germany.
1994 Milan Kunc. Zeichnungen. Galerie A, Stuttgart, Germany.
1994 Milan Kunc. Van pijnlijk realisme tot verfijnde schilderkunst (1974–1994). Kunsthall, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1994 Milan Kunc. Portrettekeningen. Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands.   
1994 Milan Kunc, Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands.
1994 Milan Kunc. New Paintings. Gallery LOK, New York, USA.
1994 Milan Kunc. Pinturas y Dibujos. Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
1995 Milan Kunc. Opere scelte. Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy.
1995 Milan Kunc. Céramiques, dessins et pastels, peintures.Galerie OZ, Paris, France.
1995 Milan Kunc. New Ceramic & Glass. Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands.
1996 Milan Kunc. Bilder und Keramikskulpturen.Galerie Brochier, Munich, Germany.
1996 Milan Kunc. Galerie Václava Špály, Praha, Czech Republic.
1997 Milan Kunc. Bilder und Skulpturen. Galerie Patricia Asbæk,Copenhagen, Denmark; Art Cologne, Köln, Germany.
1998 Milan Kunc. Studio d´Arte Cannaviello, Milano, Italy.
1998 Milan Kunc. Ceramic. Museum het Princessenhof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
1998 Milan Kunc. Glass-works and paintings.Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten-d´Eendt, KunstRai´98, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1998 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.
2001 Milan Kunc. Galeria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Republica di San Marino, San Marino, Italy.
2001 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.
2004 Milan Kunc. Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2004 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.
2006 Milan Kunc. Obrazy a kresby / Paintings and drawings. Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
2006 Milan Kunc in Amsterdam. Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2007 Milan Kunc - Stillstehende Zeit. Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany.
2007 Prospettive ribaltate di Milan Kunc e di Silvia Iorio. České centrum / Istituto Culturale Ceco, Rome, Italy.
2007 Milan Kunc. Sul filo dell´enigma. Galleria Maniero, Roma
2007 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.
2010 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;
2010 Kunstverein Weiden, Germany;
2010 Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy, Czech Republic.
2012 Milan Kunc - New sculptures. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich.
2012–2013 Milan Kunc 1979–1989. Zonca&Zonca Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy.
2012 Milan Kunc – Gold Paintings. Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland.
2013 Drawings of Milan Kunc 1970–2012. Arkitektvägen 44, Stockholm, Sweden.

Private Collectors

Louis Vuitton
Sylvester Stallone
Thurn - Taxis


Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt
Museum Groningen
Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf
Rooseum, Malmö
Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt/Main
Coca-Cola Collection, Verona
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Museum Würth, Künzelsau
National Gallery, Prague
Museum of Modern Art, Olomouc

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