• 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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Neša Paripović

Although Neša Paripović’s oeuvre is rather small (in the words of Bojana Peić, this is “asceticism based on hedonism”), he is one of the key protagonists of conceptual art in Serbia. Photographs, posters, language works, films and videos are the media through which Paripović has been developing his metavisual language about the nature of art and the status of the artist since the beginning of the 1970s.


Born in Belgrade, Serbia, 1942.

Paripović graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) in 1969. He attended the master class of Krsto Hegedušić in Zagreb (Croatia) from 1971 to 1973. At the same time Paripović acted within a loose group of six artists (M. Abramović, R. Todosijević, Z. Popović, E. Milivojević, G. Urkom) gathered around the Gallery of Students’ Cultural Center in Belgrade. From 1975 to 1980 he was associated with the Group 143, dedicated to linguistic and semiotic investigations of art. In 1991 Paripović became a permanent collaborator of the Dah (Breath) theatre company in Belgrade. He was awarded at the 19th Nadežda Petrović Memorial Exhibition in Čačak in 1996.

Lives and works in Pancevo, Serbia.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2006     Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade

1997     Studentskog kulturnog centra, Belgrade, Serbia 

1996     Zlatno oko Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia     

1981     Zodijak Gallery, Osijek, Croatia 

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “THEATRE OF LIFE”, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland

2011     “This Is All Film! - Experimental Film in Yugoslavia 1951-1991”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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

2009     “On Normality. Kunst aus Serbien 1989-2001“, MMKK Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

2008     “Walls in the Street / Zidovi na ulici”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

2006     “East Art Map: IRWIN / NSK”, Basekamp, Philadelphia, USA
2005     “Support 3. Fluxus, Happening, Konzeptkunst“, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Sretenović, Dejan, ed. 2006. Neša Paripović: Postajanje umetnošću. Radovi 1970-2005 = Becoming Art. Works 1970-2005. Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art.

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