Artist on Vacation 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
05. September 2015 - 12. September 2015


The "Artist on Vacation 2015" exhibition present the artists that have participated in this year's edition of the project organized by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde, Marinko Sudac Collection, Valamar Riviera d.d., and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb.

The mission of the Artist on Vacation project is to show the various legacies of the original Avant-Garde movement that have developed in different countries and contexts. The entire driving force behind our project is to present the participating artists to the Croatian public. The project is an effort to connect all the activities that aim to bring together the historical Avant-Gardes and present them to the public in a direct way, outside of an institutional environment.

The "Artist on Vacation 2015" exhibition presents the artists who participated on the project. Works that were exhibited were created this year during the Project, and for some authors, these works were put in the context of their previous artistic work. In this way we aim to show how the artists connect their artistic signature to the unique concept of the Artist on Vacation project.

Artists participating in the project in 2015: Verbumprogram (Serbia), Autopsia (Czech Republic), Teresa Tyszkiewicz (France), Ewa Partum (Poland), Przemysław Kwiek (Poland), Guia Rigvava (Austria), Jan Steklik (Czech Republic), Michail Grobman (Israel), Vadim Fiskin (Slovenia), Deimantas Narkevičius (Lithuania), Miloš Šejn (Czech Republic), Srečo Dragan (Slovenia) and Milan Adamčiak (Slovakia).

Two artists - Miloš Šejn from the Czech Republic, and Milan Adamčiak from Slovakia - did performances.

Šejn works in the fields of visual art, performance and study of visual perception. He explores the possibilities of creation based on the relationship of the humanized landscape and untouched nature. He consciously works in the areas of expressive language among text, visual stroke, body movement, voice, and expansion into space.   His performance is titled "Faciality".

Adamčiak is a conceptual artist, he does visual poetry, he is a composer and musicologist, and he is one of the most influential representatives Fluxus in Slovakia. He was a member of many art groups and collaborated, among others, with John Cage. His performance is titled "Tension".

There was a book launch of the newest book by the notable art historian Ješa Denegri titled "Prilozi za drugu liniju 3".

The texts included in this publication, titled as the two previous ones (Prilozi za drugu liniju, Horetzky, Zagreb, 2003. i Prilozi za drugu liniju, 2, Macura, Beč/Beograd, 2005.), together make a chronicle of sorts, which the author has written over his career as an art historian and art critic. The publication also includes many - for various reasons - unpublished works, mostly dedicated to certain movements and individuals on the Croatian art scene in the second half of the 20th c. The published materials were created for various purposes, introduction to exhibition catalogues or as paper for academic journals. The author aimed to unite these texts, some re-published, and some new, in a kind of completely personal archive.

Branko Franceschi, Želimir Koščević i Feđa Vukić will be the speakers on the book launch.

With the exhibition, the visitors had a chance to see a documentary film "Artist on Vacation" produced by Restart Laboratory and Marinko Sudac, with the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde. The documentary follows and presents the artists participating on the first edition of the Project in 2012. The artists featured are: Attila Csernik (Serbia), Radomir Damnjanović Damnjan (Serbia), Željko Kipke (Croatia), Ivan Kožarić (Croatia), Vlado Martek (Croatia), Era Milivojević (Serbia), Romelo Pervolovici (Romania), Pinczehely Sandor (Hungary), Balint Szombathy (Hungary), Janos Sugar (Hungary) and Ilija Šoškić (Montenegro). The documentary premiered at Liburnia Film Festival in August 2015.

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