• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


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Dalibor Martinis

Dalibor Martinis, one of the pioneers of media art in this part of Europe, has since the late 1960s dealt with communication in public spaces as well as with the system of signs that facilitates this communication.

Communication in public spaces and the system of signs that facilitates this communication are the fundamental problems that Dalibor Martinis has been dealing with since the late 1960s and his early performances during his studies at the Academy of Art in Zagreb (“Module N&Z”, 1969, “Triangles”, 1971.) 

Whether he uses modern media–it is important to emphasise that in the early 1970s Martinis, along with Sanja Iveković and Goran Trbuljak, did pioneer steps in the area of media art within the Central European context–or he uses “motionless pictures“ and “counterfeits” of traditional methods, Dalibor Martinis systematically examines the truth and lies, unique and surrogate, real and virtual, nature and technology, manipulation and recontextualisation, commonly using a kind of coded message hidden behind the iconic surface.


Born in Zagreb, Croatia, 1947.

Martinis graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1971. He was lecturer at the Drama Academy in Zagreb from 1987 to 1991, and guest lecturer at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (Canada) in 1991. Since 2008 Martinis teaches at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka (Croatia). He works as transmedia artist and video maker. Martinis has received several awards, including at the Tokyo Video festival, Tokyo, Japan (1984), in Locarno, Switzerland (1984), and at the Alpe Adria Film festival in Triest, Italy (1996).

Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Egyptian Odessa Stairs”, AŽ Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2010     “Data Recovery 1974-2009”, Vzigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2009     “Zidne novine”, Prozori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2008     “Oktobarska reevaluacija”, Gradska Gallery, Labin, Croatia

2007     “Dalibor Martinis”, Centra za kulturu Gallery, Vela Luka, Croatia

2006     “Dalibor Martinis”, Umjetnina Gallery, Split, Croatia

2005     “Dalibor Martinis: Variable Risk Landscape”, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Site Inspection”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2010     “The Promises of The Past”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2009     “A Pair of Left Shoes”, Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2008     “As soon as I open my eyes I see a film”, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warsaw, Poland

2007     “Up Close and Personal” (video program), Museum of the Moving Image, New York City, USA

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

2005     “History started playing with my life”, National Art Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo

2004     “COLLECTED VIEWS FROM EAST OR WEST”, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria

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

2002     “Misfits”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Greiner, Boris, ed. 2010. Dalibor Martinis: simultaneous speech. Zagreb: Omnimedia.


Pogačar, Tadej, ed. 2007. Oktobrska reevaluacija = October Re-evaluation. Dalibor Martinis. Ljubljana: Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. [Exhib. Cat., P74 Center and Gallery Ljubljana (Oct. 29-Nov. 21, 2007), Town Gallery Labin (2008)]


Dalibor Martinis. Public Secrets = Javne tajne. 2006. Text by Nada Beroš. Zagreb: Muzej suvremene umjetnosti.


Martinis, Dalibor, Milovac, Tihomir, eds. 2005. Variable risk landscape = Krajolik promjenjivog rizika: Man Foundation: annual report 2004. Zagreb: Omnimedia.

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