• 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


Tomislav Gotovac

Tomislav Gotovac who, towards the end of his life, changed his name into Antonio Gotovac Lauer was a film director, a conceptual artist and a performer. From the early 1960s he introduced social themes in his work that he approached critically, using a contemporary language with a radical attitude which was unseen before in the region. He is the author of the first happening in Yugoslavia (Zagreb, 1967) and the first streaking (Belgrade, 1971), and various photographic series which he presented as movie sequences or as documents of his performances (series of photos “Showing Elle”, 1962, “Hands”, 1964, “Streaking”, 1971, etc.).

From the end of the 1970s, Gotovac realized a huge number of performances in public places: as an artist who begs, who cleans city spaces, performing public haircutting and shaving… Many of those events might be interpreted as Fluxus events due to their simplicity and similarity with everyday activities, but since they were performed in front of the public in specific situations in a communist country, they represented very often political and subversive acts.


1937, Sombor / RS, at that time Jugoslavija – 2010, Zagreb / HR

Tomilslav Gotovac, who later changed his name to Antonio Gotovac Lauer, worked as artist and actor. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb (Croatia) from 1955 to 1956. In 1967 Gotovac enrolled in the Film-Directing programme at the Academy of Performing Arts in Belgrade (Serbia). 1972 he published the ‘Anthology of New Serbian short stories’. Gotovac received an award for his lifework by the Croatian Association of Artists in 2007. In 2005, he changed his name to Antonio Lauer.

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