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Exhibition on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists) and 80 years since the construction of the Home of HDLU (October 26, 2018 – December 2, 2018)

“(…)The presented works of art sublimate the time and context of their origin, so they anchored themselves in the collective or at least the subjective curator’s memory as the ideal image of the period of their emergence. These works have proved as an intriguing and inspiring reflection or a comment about the reference social reality, i.e., through their form or content they represented a deviation in relation to the promoted aesthetic and social values, and through superior examples constituted a foretoken of times yet to come.

Their existence testifies about the pioneering role of artists in creating an image of their own time and articulating guidelines for the future. Starting with putting up “The History of Croats“ by Ivan Meštrović (1932) at the pavilion centre, i.e. the present Bačva Gallery, in remembrance of the first exhibition of the members of the Association at the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists, along with an inherent symbolism of exhibiting the sculpture, the other selected works follow the circular architecture of the space and ultimately fill it out in a kind of a visual paraphrase of a musical score.” 

Branko Franceschi, curator of the exhibition

 

 

 

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Sources: HDLU

Pictures by Jasenko Rasol (Courtesy of the curator Branko Franceschi)

Performance: Sleeping between Heaven and Earth (Mijatovic, 2010). Image courtesy of CuratorThe Croatian multimedia artist Kata Mijatovic is going to exhibit her work at the 55th Venice Biennale, which will be held from 1st June to 24th November on the topic ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ given by the Biennale art director Massimiliano Gioni. The work can be seen/created at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka at 20th February.

The curator, famous expert for Avant garde Art, prof. Branko Franceschi, chose her work „Archiving the dreams“ as a sort of „mapping the hidden, unattended unconscious dimensions of Reality“. The Author’s long term project is based on collecting, writing and using the other people’s Dreams.

You can ask yourself about the meaning of subconsciousness in constructing the Reality, as well as add your dreams in writing at Facebook profile Arhiv snova” (Dream Archive).

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Breda Beban, Arte Vivo (Courtesy of the curator)“Although there is something classical in the composition that in Breda’s figures of kisses develops from tongues and heads positions suggesting a spiral movement that will eventually propel the lovers in the sky, not unlike the baroque representations of ascension, the kiss in her Arte Vivo assumes the form of political viewpoint and not only about the social reality at that, but about the universal order as well.“(Branko Franceschi: The Adventure of Emotions). The exhibition is moved from the Italian “Trieste Contemporanea” Studio Tommaseo to  NO gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia/MSU (20th June, 2013 – 3rd July 2013)

Culture wise, the implications are numerous: from philosophical, as in Plato’s Symposium, to those strictly artistic in masterpieces of modernism as in works by Rodin, Munch, Brancusi, Picasso, Warhol and others. Obviously, the realisation of civilisation of democracy and liberal sexuality highlighted the intimacy of kiss as a theme of mainstream art, but it is not accidental that it was Vivo Dito of a female artist to point at the universal and quintessentially emancipating nature of its public display.

Breda Beban was an artist, filmmaker and curator/creative producer whose work deals with contemporary notions of subjectivity and emotion that occur on the margins of big stories about geography, politics and love. Breda Beban’s films and photographs are recognized as unique expressions of intimacy, vulnerability and authenticity.

Breda Beban died in London in 2012 fighting to the bitter end for the intensity of  life that she was promoting by her art. The fate coupled these two activists (Beban/Alberto Greco) in the great narration about meaning and role of art that marked the culture of the 20th century. Their voices added passion to this central theme that could be generated only from the so called ‘cultural margins’ they themselves stemmed from and without which the ‘centre’, as Croatian art historian Želimir Košcevic once said, wouldn’t be anything else but a ‘black hole’.

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The Croatian/British video artist Breda Beban (1952-2012), my dear friend, two years before her death in London has made unrelatedly the video art work “My Funeral Song” inspired by subtle but deep affection of love and loss.

The Real Life was incorporated in her existential video art works, which could be now seen at Film Festival “I Mille occhi” in Trieste (Italy) and as The Adventure of the Real in Studio Tommaseo on Saturday, 15th September, curated by Dubravka Cherubini and Branko Franceschi.

Projection of films and videos: Jason’s Dream (1997), Let’s Call It Love (2000), I Can’t Make You Love Me (2003), Walk Of Three Chairs (2003), How To Change Your Life In A Day (2004)

Beban was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts, UK, 2001. Her film Jason’s Dream received the Silver Award for Music Film & Video, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival, USA, 1998.

Beban lived and worked in London and Sheffield where she was a Professor of Visual Arts and a Reader in Media at the Sheffield Hallam University. (lecturing at university http://vimeo.com/3437562 )

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Connecting the tourism and culture during the vacation is the main idea of  the project leader professor Branko Franceschi, a Croatian curator of Institute for the Research of the Avant-garde Zagreb. The result is an exhibition “Artist on Vacation” in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb which introduces art works of several famous artists from the region. The project grounds are a short residential stay of artists in a hotel settlement during which they will be in a lively dialogue with the visitors and create in conjunction the site specific work/exhibition. (Novi Spa Hotels & Resort, Novi Vinodolski, 2-30 September, 2012)

In conception of Marinko Sudac  the artists on vacation 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), Ilija Šoškić (Montenegro). Except the art works, there will be performing art too by Radomir Damnjanović Damnjan, Era Milivojević, Balint Szombathy.

A Croatian curator of Institute for the Research of the Avant-garde  Zagreb, Branko Franceschi and HDLU in collaboration with David Zwirner, London, present an exhibition of new work by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans. The exhibition, titled Allo!, brings together six new paintings and a series of wall paintings especially conceived for the rotunda of the Mestrovic Pavilion. Painting from pre-existing imagery-photographs, film-stills, newspaper cuttings-Tuymans’s works address the elusive gap between memory and reality, personal space and public space. (10 May – 21 June, 2012)

Tuymans’s new series of paintings is inspired by the final scenes of the 1942 black-and-white film The Moon and Sixpence, which was adapted from the 1919 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Loosely based upon the life of Paul Gauguin, the movie ends weeks after the death of Strickland, when his doctor travels from London to the village in Tahiti where the main character lived. When the doctor enters the painter’s cabin, the movie changes from black-and-white to Technicolor. Tuymans made a series of screenshots of this color metamorphosis. The photographer’s reflection-that of Tuymans himself-can be seen in the screenshots and therefore also in the paintings.

Born in Mortsel, near Antwerp, Belgium in 1958, Tuymans studied fine art in Brussels and Antwerp between 1976-1982, before completing a degree in Art History at the Vrije Universiteit in 1986. In 1992, he participated in the prestigious Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany, and he has since exhibited widely in Europe and Northern America.

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Branko Franceschi as a curator goes permanently with introducing Croatian Avantgarde art from Marinko Sudac collection of South East Europe avant-garde art production, this time at Kuad Gallery in Istanbul from 24 February to 28 April.

Franceschi states that “so-called state modernism focused on the formal aspects of creativity and creation of art objects and was intensively supported by public institutions, while art practices that aimed to enhance social change towards participatory democracy, or at least to improve the cultural context, were pushed to the margins of public interest and institutional representation. In this manner the creativity of the true heirs of completely neglected pre-WWII radical art practices came to be referred to as the “art of the second line”. (…) Finally, the general understanding prevailed that the avant-garde legacy of modern era, alive and vibrant as it is, most pragmatically and directly connects us with the West we have been aiming to unite with all along. Second-line art became first-line art and a series of major exhibitions has made this heritage visible to local and international communities, creating a possibility of the substantial modification in the mapping of global culture towards a more accurate and impartial model.”

The curatorial concept has been to divide the exhibition into four comprehensive sections. In Print focuses on the legacy and continuation of avant-garde magazine publishing, while Legacy of Constructivism points out how the aesthetic of constructivism permeated and has been transformed throughout the XX century. Subject = Object presents an impressive history of performative art practices in the region dating back to the 1920s and Utopia and Radicalism epitomizes activism that bravely stood against the power and rule of the political elite.”

The exhibition presents 59 works (photography, prints, collages and videos) of Aleksandar Srnec, Attila Csernik, Balint Szombathy, Bogdanka Poznanovic, Boris Demur, Era Milivojevic, EXAT 51, Family from Sempas, Gorgona, Ivan Kozaric, Ivana Tomljenovic Meller, Josip Seissel (Jo Klek), Marijan Molnar, Marko Pogacnik, Mladen Stilinovic, Nasko Kriznar, OHO, Red Peristyle, Tomislav Gotovac, Traveleri, Vladimir Bonacic, Vlado Martek, Zeljko Jerman and Zeljko Kipke.

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the press release

The agile curator and president of the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde from Zagreb Branko Franceschi  opens the exhibition “Circles of Interference”  on 27th January in Budapest Kassak Muzeum together with Silvija Malnar, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Budapest and Csilla E. Csorba, General Director of the Petb’fi Literary Museum. The exhibition will be opened until 15 April, 2012.

The exhibition Circles of Interference, a collaborative effort between Marinko Sudac Collection, Kassák Museum and Institute for the Research of the Avant-garde, is based on the exchange and cooperative work between the editors of the avant-garde periodicals MA and Zenit, two that were among the most influential in the region at the beginning of the 1920’s. The exhibition covers the issues of networking and expansion of the avant-garde movement and the esthetic of Constructivism that, in between the two wars, had a strong and productive impact on the cultural life of the region.

Artists represented (in alphabetical order): Dragan Aleksić, Csuka Zoltán, Ivan Gol, Kassák Lajos, Ivana Tomljenović Meller, Ljubomir Micić, Marijan Mikac, Farkas Molnár, Branko Ve Poljanski, Bortnyik Sándor, Boško Tokin, Traveleri (Josip Seissel /Jo Klek, Miho Schön, Čedomil Plavšić)…

Magazines and editions: MA, Zenit, Út, Munka, Dada-Jok, Dada Tank, 100%, Dokumentum, Svetokret, Kinofon.

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From the catalogue and by the courtesy of curator.

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