As part of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project, on 22 February 2019 the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka is opening a large exhibition of the renowned conceptual artist, photographer, filmmaker and designer Goran Trbuljak.
This “pioneer of the Croatian conceptual art” has exhibited his work since the late 1960s when he began his art practice. He has had nearly two hundred solo and group exhibitions, his works are included in numerous museum and private collections, but the Rijeka audience has never the opportunity to meet this artist in a systematic way, until now.
The exhibition that bears the title of one of the Trbuljak’s works, a never before seen work by an unseen artist, presents the artist through approximately seventy works on paper – in one-line sentences that often function as aphorisms – and it is accompanied with talks, a book promotion, a film program and workshops. a never before seen work by an unseen artist will not follow the chronology of the artist’s practice; instead, it will attempt to define the main elements of Trbuljak’s art, focusing on two aspects of his work: the use of language, which includes investigation of the used medium and the method of artistic exploration, and the evolution of his art concepts and contents. A special attention will be devoted to his works Thisism (1970 – 1981), which so far haven’t been exhibited as a whole, but which indirectly disclose his contextual art practice.