• 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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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.


1942, Beograd / RS, at that time Jugoslavija

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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