• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Mladen Stilinović

The artistic practice of Mladen Stilinović, one of the founders and the liveliest protagonists of conceptual art in Croatia and the region, may be presented by using the key words, i.e. words that introduce the core problem and the procedures that the artist used: language, ideology, manipulation, appropriation, correction, irony, installation, decontextualisation, exploitation, repetition, tautology...

Whereas all the existing words in Stilinović's well-known “Dictionary – Pain“ (2000-2003) have been crossed out white and changed into one and the same word of unique meaning – pain – in a potential “imperatival dictionary” some words could easily change places and the structure without the change of meaning.

The open structure and the apparent incompleteness have been constants of the artist’s work since the very beginning. In the late 1960s, Stilinović appeared in the medium of experimental film, and in the early 1970s he stabilized in the area of visual arts. He experimented with two ideologies and aesthetics, the West and the East, Marcel Duchamp and Kazimir Malevich, as their characteristic poles, his opus balancing between deadly seriousness and ironic ridicule, conscious mystification and ruthless exploitation of dead aesthetics and ideologies.

Even when completed cycles are concerned, such as the commonly quoted cycle “Exploitation of the Dead” (1984-1989), there always seems to remain the sense of immediacy, temporality, the possibility of rearranging and upgrading.

Fragmentation, crushedness, fragmented visions are among the basic features of Stilinović’s work that perfectly represent his installation rooms, such as "Red-pink."


1947, Beograd / RS, at that time Jugoslavija – 2016, Zagreb / HR

Stilinović was, together with his brother Sven Stilinović, Fedor Vučemilović, Boris Demur, Vlado Martek, and Željko Jerman, a member of the “Group of Six Authors” in Zagreb (Croatia) from 1975 to 1979. His works include collages, photographs, artist's books, paintings, installations, actions, films and video.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Sing! Mladen Stilinović Retrospective”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2010     “Mladen Stilinović”, VOX contemporary image, Montreal, Canada

2009     “Mladen Stilinović. Artist’s Books. Index”, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden

2008     “Mladen Stilinovic”, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2007     “Subtracting of Zeroes / Mladen Stilinović “, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2005     “Artist At Work”, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “Doppio Gioco. Double Game The Ambiguity of the Photographic Image”, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

2011     “Scenes from Zagreb: Artists”, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA

2010     “Les Promesses du passé”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2009     “The Making of Art”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2008     “ARTEAST 2000”, Umetnostna Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia

2007     “History Started Playing with my Life”, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

2006     “Kontakt ... aus der Sammlung der Erste Bank-Gruppe“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2005     “Arbeit*“, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2004     “De ma Fenêtre, des artistes et leur territoire“, École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France

2003     “Blut & Honig. Zukunft ist am Balkan“, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2002     “In search of Balkania“, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Gregory, Jarrett, Valdez, Sarah, eds. 2011. Ostalgia. New York: New Museum.


Stipančić, Branka, ed. 2011. SING!  Budapest: Ludwig Museum.


Sudac, Marinko, ed. 2011. Podrucǰe zastoja = Standstill: kolekcija Marinko Sudac = Marinko Sudac collection. Zagreb: Avangarde Research Institute.


Grammel, Słoren, Laanemets, Mari, eds. 2008. Mladen Stilinović: On Money and Zeros. Berlin: Revolver Publishing.


Stilinović, Mladen, artist. 2007. Vrijedanje anarhije. Maribor: Kulturno izobraževalno društvo Kibla.


Stipančić, Branka, Milovac, Tihomir, eds. 2007. Exploitation of the Dead. Mladen Stilinović. Zagreb: Museum of Contemporary Art.


Stipančić, Branka, ed. 2007. Artist's Books 1972-2006. Mladen Stilinović. Istanbul: Platform Garanti, Contemporary Art Center.


Eiblmayr, Silvia, ed. 2005. Arbeit*. Frankfurt: Revolver. Archiv für aktuelle Kunst.


Gregorič, Alenka, Stipančić, Branka, eds. 2005. Artist at work 1973-1983 = Umetnik na delu 1973-1983. Mladen Stilinović. Ljubljana: Galerie Škuc.


Boutin, Nathalie. 2004. De ma fenêtre: des artistes et leurs territoires. Paris: École nationale supériere des beaux-arts.


Frisinghelli, Christine, Križić Roban, Sandra, eds. 2004. Ostati ili otići = Bleiben oder gehen = Staying or leaving. Zagreb: Croatian Photographic Union.


Milovac, Tihomir, Stipančić, Branka, eds. 2003. Pain. Mladen Stilinović. Texts by Igor Zabel et al. Zagreb: Museum of Contemporary Art.


Stilinović, Mladen. 2003. Texts. Zagreb.


Beroš, Nada, Milovac, Tihomir Milovac. 2001. The cynicism of the poor = Cinizam siromašnih. Mladen Stilinović. Zagreb: Museum of Contemporary Art [Exhib. Cat., Museum of Modern Art Zagreb (Dec. 13, 2001-Jan. 20, 2002)]


Nikitović, Spomenka. 1998. Mladen Stilinović. Documentation by Darko Šimičić. Zagreb: SCCA, Soros Center for Contemporary Arts.

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