• 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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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.


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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