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  • 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) http://www.novasynagoga.sk/poetry-performance/

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Gorgona

The Gorgona Group which consisted of artists and art historians operated along the lines of anti-art in Zagreb between 1959 and 1966. Beside individual works linked to traditional techniques, the members proposed different concepts and forms of artistic communication ran a gallery and published the anti-magazine “Gorgona”. Their interest towards existentialism and neo-dadaism, as well as reductionism and Zen philosophy resulted in activities which surpassed the boundaries of artistic media of the period.

The members of the group were artists Marijan Jevšovar, Julije Knifer, Đuro Seder, Josip Vaništa, Ivan Kožarić, Miljenko Horvat, as well as theoreticians Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, Radoslav Putar and Matko Meštrović.

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artist collective from 1959–1966, Zagreb / HR, at that time Jugoslavija

Members:
Marijan Jevšovar, Julije Knifer, Đuro Seder, Josip Vaništa, Ivan Kožarić, Miljenko Horvat, as well as theoreticians Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, Radoslav Putar and Matko Meštrović

Gorgona’s activity consisted of three sections: exhibitions at Studio G (1961 to 1963, Schira Salon in Zagreb, Croatia), the publication of Gorgona’s anti-magazine (1961 to 1966, each edition was a distinctive artwork), and the creation of concepts, projects and various forms of artistic communication. Gorgona was not an artist group in the common sense: without having a defined aesthetic, a stylistic attitude or a manifest, the group’s coherency was organized around unconventional forms and creative autonomy.


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2003 “Gorgona“, Glyptotheque Sculpture Museum, Zagreb, Croatia


Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “Kontakt Sofia. Works from the Kontakt Art Collection“, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

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

2008 “As soon as I open my eyes I see a film“, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

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

2005 “Collective Creativity“, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

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

Books/Exhibition Catalogues

 

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

 

Stipančić, Branka, ed. 2007. Josip Vaništa: vrijeme Gorgone i Postgorgone = The time of Gorgona and Post-gorgona. Zagreb: Kratis.

 

Gattin, Marija, ed. 2002. Gorgona. Zagreb: Museum of Contemporary Art.

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