• WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up


Grupa šestorice autora

In 1975 the Group of Six Artists (Boris Demur, Željko Jerman, Vlado Martek, Mladen and Sven Stilinović and Fedor Vučemilović) had begun to exhibit extensively on the streets. Rather than waiting for someone to invite them for the exhibition, they themselves found venues in which to exhibit their work, bypassing the traps set by the institutions of art. They organized exhibition-actions in Zagreb: on the city beach along the bank of the Sava River, in the old center, at the University; in Belgrade, in Venice, on the beach at the Adriatic coast, and elsewhere, spontaneously, as a loose association of neo-conceptual artists realizing their ideas by appropriating a new type of exhibition context. They set up their works, which were often destructive of the prevailing aesthetic and ethical norms, on the grass, they laid them down on the road, they projected slides and films onto the walls of houses... and they performed actions which disturbed the public. The creative territory of the artists was broad and it seemed to be expanding daily. They were active in the spirit of constant rebellion varying according to the occasion. With their sudden, mostly one-day exhibition-actions, the Group of Six Artists adopted the style of guerrilla warfare. This was a resistance full of a critical spirit and imagination, simultaneously derisive and joyful. Then very young artists, they resisted all forms of ideology, and each of them waged his battle in his own way. In a democratic climate, there was much discussion about art and the works displayed.


artist collective from 1975–1981, Zagreb / HR, at that time Jugoslavija



Boris Demur, Željko Jerman, Vlado Martek, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović and Fedomir Vučemilović

In Zagreb in 1975 the artists Boris Demur, Željko Jerman, Vlado Martek, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović and Fedomir Vučemilović formed the Grupa šestorice autora (Group of Six Artists). Trying to establish a more direct communication with their audience they organized “exhibition-actions” in public places in Zagreb. In 1978 the group founded and published the magazine-catalogue MAJ 75 (MAY75), which they continued until 1984.


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