• 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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Goran Trbuljak

Goran Trbuljak, a conceptual artist, photographer and cinematographer, embarked upon his career in the late 1960s. He was interested in the idea that anyone can be an artist, in the notions of authorship and an artist’s anonymity, in originality, and in the context of art—especially the mechanism of the gallery, which defines an artwork’s specific status. Four posters, respectively entitled “I do not wish to show anything new and original” (Student Center Gallery, Zagreb, 1971), “The fact that someone has a chance to make an exhibition is more important than that what will be exhibited at that exhibition” (Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 1973), “With this exhibition I show the continuity of my work” (Studio of the Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 1979), and “Retrospective” (Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 1981), serve to represent Trbuljak’s four solo exhibitions (which featured posters and nothing else) and provide what is probably the clearest indication of his artistic strategy during the 1970s. He studied the artistic context in order to demystify the “institutions of art” and act subversively within the system of culture. His works have taken various forms: visiting cards he left to art gallery owners, questionnaires that had to be filled in, and even a referendum (in Zagreb, 1972) in which the people in the street had to decide whether Trbuljak was an artist or not. In this respect, humor and self-irony played an important role. In 1974, he commenced his work as a painter with the humorous action of painting on the display window of a shop selling art supplies. This event of “Sunday painting” triggered the creation of a series of objects—a box in which he placed canvases that he then protected with glass, making numerous interventions and using various materials. With his witty analysis of the conceptual taboo – the painting – Trbuljak raises the pertinent issues via the medium of painting, which in turn blatantly and ironically reveals its endurance. Trbuljak was the first artist in Croatia to raise the issues of what it means to exhibit and of the artist’s status within the gallery system, and he had an important impact on the generation of post-conceptual artists that appeared in the mid-1970s. In Trbuljak’s art, each new step is always an ethical question.


1948, Varaždin / HR, at that time Jugoslavija

Goran Trbuljak graduated from the Graphic Department of the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1972. After spending two years at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (France) he returned to Zagreb and began to study Cinematography at the Zagreb Academy of Drama Arts. Trbuljak finished his studies in 1980 and started his filmmaking career with Ante Babaja’s film “Lost Homeland” (“Izgubljeni zavičaj”). He has worked on a number of series, feature and television films. Trbuljak was several times the winner of the “Golden Arena for Best Cinematography Award” (Pula Film Festival). Furthermore he works as a graphic designer for magazines, such as “Film”, “Polet” and “Gordogan”. Since 1988 Trbuljak has been teaching at the Zagreb Academy of Drama Arts.

Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Personal and Others Obstacles“, Greta, Zagreb, Croatia

2008     “Anonymous Post Post, Modern Modern Artist“, Gregor Podnar Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005     “Goran Trbuljak“, Rigo Gallery, Novigrad, Croatia

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “About Painting“, abc art berlin contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2010     “The Promises of the Past. A Discontinuous History of Art in Eastern Europe“, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2009     “The Death of the Audience“, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria

2008     “Bit international. (Nove) Tendencije“, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2007     “On Unknown Works“, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2006     “Living Art on the Edge of Europe“, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands

2005     “Insert: Retrospective of Croatian Video Art“, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2004     “Beyond Geometry“, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA

2003     “By the way, Josip Račić Studio“, Modern Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues

Sudac, Marinko, ed. 2011. Podrucǰe zastoja = Standstill: kolekcija Marinko Sudac = Marinko Sudac collection. Zagreb: Avangarde Research Institute.

Neuburger, Susanne, Saxenhuber, Hedwig, eds. 2004. Kurze Karrieren: Stephen Kaltenbach, Christine Kozlov, Lee Lozano, Konrad Lueg, Karel Miler, Jan Mlčoch, Hilka Nordhausen, OHO, Verena Pfisterer, Charlotte Posenenske, Petr Štembera, Goran Trbuljak. Cologne: König [Exhib. Cat., Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (May 20-Aug. 1, 2004)]

Stipančić, Branka, ed. 1996. G. Trbuljak. Zagreb: Galerije grada Zagreb [Exhib. Cat., Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb (Apr. 4-28, 1996), Mestna galerija Ljubljana (Jun. 27-Jul. 21, 1996)]

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