essay about authorbibliographyartist's influences
08. January 1946
Ex Czechoslovakia

Otis Laubert (1946, Valaská) is one of the notable representatives of Slovak Neo-Avant-garde, known for his collages, assemblages, objects and installations made of found objects.

Between 1961 and 1965 he attended the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, Department of Carving. After graduating, he did various jobs and started doing creative work in 1975.

From 1965 until today, he has been collecting artworks and various objects, creating his collection. His collecting and research strategy and recycling of works in his method of understanding the world are the basis of his artistic approach. The influences of the 20th c. Avant-garde and Neo-Avant-garde artists are seen in Laubert’s works – from Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, found objects (objet trouvé), Dadaist ready-mades, Fluxus principles, Neo-Dadaism, Pop art or Nouveau réalisme, to interest in far history and an affinity for traditional ways of collecting art.

In 1970, he was involved in the Prvý otvorený ateliér organisation in Rudolf Sikora’s house, where we exhibited the works Three Bags Pseudopoem and the object Snowman’s Tongue. He organised secret exhibitions in his home, in a room he called the Guggenheim Museum Branch. He was part of the A-R group. The A-R Group (from French words Avance/Retard) was established in 1989. It represents an amalgam of visual artists of one generation, born between 1945 and 1950, who succeeded a strong “generation of clean conceptualists” from the sixties.

The Otis Laubert Museum was founded in 2015 and was active until 2017.