Activist art exhibition from the Marinko Sudac Collection aboard Marshall Tito’s ship “Seagull”
04th June -18th June, 2011 in Rijeka, Croatia

(…) The material for the exhibition was taken from the Marinko Sudac Collection, the fast growing and the largest collection of historical avant-garde, neo avant-garde and post avant-garde movements and artistic expressions in the region and beyond. The collection today includes around twenty thousand units, works of art, documents and publications. It covers the period from 1909 to 1989 and the area from the Baltic to the Black Sea, with special emphasis on the region of former Yugoslavia, while the furthest end of the collection reaches as far as Japan. The exhibition will also include the documentation on Galeb’s intriguing history, in Tvrtko Jakovina’s writing on Galeb’s voyages through the seas of world politics, in Feđa Vukić’s account on the evolution of its symbolic meanings, and Ješa Denegri’s analysis of reasons and reaches of political standpoints on the area of artists’ activities on one particular example.

(…) “Standstill” is an exhibition that deals with the deconstruction of the untouchable, of the mythical ship Galeb whose decks and salons along with Marshal Tito and the elite of socialist state and military government are inhabited by ghosts of world statesmen from Winston Churchill, Paul of Greece, Elizabeth II, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ahmed ukarno, General Abboud, Kwame Nkrumah, Albert Tabnen, Habib Bourguiba, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, U Nu, Ne Win, Modibo Keita, Seku Ture, Archbishop Makariosa, Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Kurt Josef Waldheim, Nicolae Ceausescu, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi and many, many others to scientists and artists as well as international movie stars such as Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sofia Loren and Kirk Douglas.” (…) Branko Franceschi, President, Institute for the Research of Avant-garde