• 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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Members of the OHO group, active from 1966 to 1971, developed various strategies and approaches that they first called “reism.” It was a type of arte povera, land art and body art, processual and conceptual art. They aspired to “liberate” situations and objects and present them to the public outside of their fixed functions. The term “Oho” refers to the observation of forms (with the eye, ‘oko’, and ear, ‘uho’) in their immediate presence, and is also an exclamation of astonishment, says Marko Pogačnik, the group’s leader, “Because when we uncover the essence of a thing, that is when we exclaim ‘oho.’”


Marko Pogacnik, Iztok Geister Plamen, Marjana Ciglič, Milenko Matanović, Andraž Šalamun, Tomaž Šalamun, David Nez, Matjaž Hanšek, Naško Križnar, Vojin Kovač Chubby, Aleš Kermavner, Franci Zagoričnik, Marika Pogačnik, Zvona Ciglič, Nuša and Srečo Dragan

Broader circle of collaborators included also:
Ivo Volarič-Feo, Slavoj Žižek, Braco Rotar, Bojan Brecelj, Drago Dellabernardino

Founded in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1966.

OHO was a Slovenian artist movement founded by Marko Pogacnik, Iztok Geister Plamen and Marjana Ciglič. The name is deducted from the Slovenian terms “oko” (eye) and “uho” (ear), who were blended into one word. The greatest success of OHO came with the inclusion at the exhibition „Informations” held in 1970 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (USA). The group dissolved in 1971.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

1994     “OHO”, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria          

1978     “OHO”, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia          

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2017     “Viva Arte Viva", Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012     “Museum of Affects”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2011     “Museum of Parallel Narratives. In the framework of L’Internationale”, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2010     “MOCA's First Thirty Years”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

2009     “1968. Die Große Unschuld“, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

2008     “Revolutions 1968”, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2007     “Eye on Europe”, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA

2006     “Arteast Collection 2000+23”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005     “KOLLEKTIVE KREATIVITÄT“, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

2004     “Kurze Karrieren“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2003     “Parallel Actions: Conceptual Tendencies in Central Europe from 1965 to 1980”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, USA

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.


Pogačar, Tadej, ed. 2010. The clandestine histories of the OHO group. Ljubljana: Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. [Exhib. Cat., P74 Center and Gallery Ljubljana (Apr. 23-May 21, 2009)]


Zabel, Igor. 2007. OHO. Engl./Germ./Slov. Curated by Igor Zabel. Ljubljana: Moderna galerija [Exhib. Cat., Moderna galerija Ljubljana (Feb. 1-Mar. 13, 1994)]


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)]

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