In Measuring the Universe (2007), over the course of the exhibition, attendants marked museum visitors’ heights, first names, and date of the measurement on the gallery walls. Beginning as an empty white space, over time the walls gradually accumulates the traces of thousands of people. Measuring the Universe turns the domestic custom of recording children’s heights on door frames into a public event, referring through its title to humankind’s age-old desire to gauge the scale of the world.
I remember that attending this great happening at MoMA, signed Roman Ondák has been really exciting for me, measuring my height at the Projects Gallery in July, 2009, together with hundred people that i actually didn’t know, but to which i’ll be linked for ever for art’s sake. Can you see my name?
Deutsche Bank has now introduced him as “Artist of the Year 2012” so this year, Ondak will play an important role in Deutsche Bank’s art program. The Deutsche Guggenheim will present a major solo exhibition of his work that will subsequently travel to additional international institutions. Accompanying the show are an extensive catalogue and an exclusive artist’s edition. In addition, the bank will acquire a selection of works on paper for its collection. Following Wangechi Mutu in 2010 and Yto Barrada in 2011, with Roman Ondak the council chose an artist whose work emphasizes the draft character and conceptual approach of this medium. “It will be exciting to see how he will challenge the medium of drawing and the material of paper in the future,” said Udo Kittelmann.