Martin Kollar

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Born in 1971 in Czechoslovakia, Martin Kollar studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where he now lives and works.

An award-winning photographer, Martin Kollar is known for capturing situations which he considers ephemeral or absurd. He seeks to depict the wounds left in his home country by the disintegration of the former Soviet Union. His photos contain a strong documentary streak that records the change from the eternal dogmas of communism to temporary solutions.

Martin Kollar's work has been exhibited across the world, including Brooklyn Museum, the Slovak National Gallery Bratislava, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Tel Aviv museum of art and Musee Elysee Lausanne.
Biography

2003

  • Studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, the Film faculty, camera department.


1971

  • Born in Zilina in Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic)

Solo Exhibitions

2016

  • Provisional Arrangement, Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne

  • Field Trip, Athens Photo Festival 2016, Benaki Museum

  • Martin Kollar:Field Trip / Exkurzia. Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava


2015

  • Field Trip, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest

  • Field Trip, Zephyr - Raum für Fotografie, Reiss Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim


2014

  • Field Trip, Espace Images, Vevey


2012

  • Tranzit, Tranzit Gallery, Bratislava


2008

  • Nothing Special, Le Château d'eau, Toulouse


2007

  • TV Anchors, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris


2006

  • Nothing Special, Batagianni Gallery, Athens, 13th International Month of Photography


2005

  • Nothing Special, Freelens Galerie, Hamburg


2002

  • Martin Kollar:Raport o stanie kraju 001, Mała Galeria ZPAF-CSW, Warsaw


2001

  • 2001:Správa o stave krajiny, Dom Fotografie, Poprad

  • Slovakia 2001:A Pictorial Report on the State of the Country, Johann Pálffy Palace, Bratislava


2000

  • Martin Kollár:Europe, Galéria Profil, Bratislava

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

  • This Place, Brooklyn Museum

  • This Place, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida


2015

  • From Room to Roam. Albumarte, Rome (Fotografia – International Festival of Rome)

  • This Place, Tel Aviv Museum of Art


2014

  • This Place, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

  • Prix Elysée 2014, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne


2013

  • European Eyes on Japan Today, Voies Off Gallery, Arles


2009

  • Backlight 08 - Tickle attack, Centre d'Art 'Nei Liicht', Dudelange

  • Prague Biennale, Prague


2008

  • Unseen:An exhibition of International Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai


2006

  • Slovakia:Through the lens of documentary photographers, Photography Gallery Prospekto, Vilnius

  • Un/Mill à 2.8:Rip Hopkins, Martin Kollar et Tiane Doan Na Champassak, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris


2004

  • Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2004, Leica Ginza Salon, Ginza, Tokyo

  • Leica Oskar Barnack Preis 2004, Leica Galerie Solms, Solms

  • Bitte lächeln, Aufnahme!, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

  • Slowakei durch die Linse von Dokumentarfotografen, Fluss, Wolkersdorf

  • Fotografie aus Tschechien und Osteuropa, Palais für Aktuelle

  • Kunst/Kunstverein Glückstadt, Glückstadt

  • Exhibition of finalists for the Oskár Čepan prize. Mirbach Palace gallery, Bratislava

  • Check Slovakia!, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin


2003

  • Stadt in Sicht. New Art from Bratislava, Vienna Künstlerhaus, Vienna

  • Parallele Avantgarden - Gibt es eine "europäische Fotografie"? Artspace, Vienna

  • Slovak Photography 1925–2000, Městská Knihovna (municipal library), Prague