Proposal for a Museum: Roman Ondák’s Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art

In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an expansion project planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. And now and then, the editors present “proposals” discovered elsewhere. Today: Roman Ondák’s Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art.

At the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, Roman Ondák displayed a reproduction of this letter addressed to the Slovakian Minister of Culture, whom he solicits to support the creation of a “Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art.” At the end of the Arsenale complex, Ondák installed a slab as the foundation stone for the virtual museum. “In Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art,” he later told curator Mathieu Copeland, “I established a seemingly functional art institution, which was in fact simulated by only a few marginal traces recalling its pseudo-existence. There were no exhibitions, but there was, for example, a letter I wrote to the minister asking him to support VMCA. There was once a plaque made bearing its name, which was installed on a pier in Venice, together with a few benches …”

Roman Ondák, Letter asking for the Slovak Minister of Culture’s support for the establishment of a Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003

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