News

  • 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 http://lentos.at/html/en/4747.aspx

Artists

back
Vlado Martek

Vlado Martek entered into the field of visual art by writing poetry. In the mid-1970s, his poetry acquired special forms: he extracted poetry from the book and incorporated it into “poetic objects” made of mirrors, clay and books, he wrote poster poetry and graffiti which he exhibited in exhibitions-actions held by the neo-conceptual Group of Six Artists (1975-1979) in the streets and squares of Zagreb and other places.

Martek called himself a "pre-poet" and invested effort into "purifying" poetry to such an extent that he reduced it to the level when he emphasized reality of the elements which constitute materiality of the poem. Hence, the poem consists of various backgrounds used for writing, pencils, rubbers, alphabet, poetic forms …

In many of his works, Martek wanted to capture his mental state at the moment when he prepared to write poetry. Hence, his slogans with the topic "re-valuation of poetry" state the following: "Every act of picking up a pencil is an act of honesty", or "Before I write a poem, I must collect garbage from my street" (which the author did as a performance) or "Before I write a poem, I have to go to an Island" (which he has not done yet).

His works on poetry represent just a fragment of the activities of this multimedia artist. His work is consisting of collages, photos, sketches and drawings, actions and agitations, graphics and artist's books (samizdat) which he uses to express his attitudes, and most frequently his permanent rebellion against different authorities, be it artistic, political or religious. At the same time, Martek remains analytical and ironic, poetic and very funny.

B.S.

 

1951, Zagreb / HR, at that time Jugoslavija

Martek studied Philosophy and Literature in Zagreb (Croatia) in the early 1970s. In the mid-seventies, he founded and was a member of the Group of Six Authors in Zagreb, together with Mladen and Sven Stilinović, Fedor Vučemilović, Boris Demur and Željko Jerman. Martek works as poet, visual artist and writer.

Please follow this link for a selected bibliography available at the ERSTE Foundation Library
Media File
Works
Browse All
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky
  • Photo: Adam Savoky