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As the culturenet.hr stresses “Croatia is represented by a group of architects from the city of Pula at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition which is held in Venice from 29 August to 25 November.” Unfortunately, Media-via portal must add a critic on authenticity of the installation: almost the same installation was made by a famous American video artist Bill Viola in 1995 and the work “The Veiling” can be seen at http://www.sfmoma.org/media/features/viola/BV14.html

The Croats present their exhibition “Immediate democracy requires immediate area” at the Architecture Biennale. The Croatian Pavilion at this year’s Biennale includes video footage, photographs and performance projections, indicating the current zoning problems in Croatia, reports Croatian radiotelvision.”

Unfortunately, Media-via portal must add a critic on authenticity of the installation: almost the same installation was made by a famous American video artist Bill Viola in 1995 and the work “The Veiling” can be seen at http://www.sfmoma.org/media/features/viola/BV14.html

The last Croatian project at the Biennale with the floating pavillion was a sort of fiasco when it collapsed in front of Venice and this one is unfortunately once again the shame for the Croatian culture.


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WHW curatorial collective from Zagreb has announced  that the concept for the next Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is going to be based on the artworks by performance artist  Antonio Lauer aka Tom Gotovac and performative collective BADco. while exibited at Arsenale.

WHW initiated the project  in 1998 when independent alternative publishing house Arkzin published 150th anniversary edition of the Marx’s Communist Manifesto with an introduction by Slavoj Zizek, took its shape in the area in which the considerations about possibilities of political and artistic engagement were interlocked with issues of local daily politics. The collective has curated a wide range of international exhibitions around the world, most notably the Istanbul Biennale 2009.

Many years of consistent work in the field of experimental film and performance, made Tomislav Gotovac one of the most important Croatian contemporary artists. Gotovac began to transfer daily activities to art sphere with public performances such as Haircut and Shaves (1970, 1971) Watching TV (1980). In 1971 he acts in Lazar Stojanović’s film Plastic Jesus. The film was banned due its subversive content and Gotovac was not allowed to graduate till 1976. In 1971 Gotovac have run naked through Belgrade’s Sremska Street. The performance was reencted ten years later in Zagreb’s main street Ilica for Zagreb, I love you (running naked, kissing the asphalt) performance, which shocked dormant environment. In 2005 Gotovac has changed his name to Antonio Lauer. He died in 2010.

BADco. is a collaborative performance collective based in Zagreb, Croatia. Reconfiguring established relations between performance and audience, challenging perspectival givens and architectonics of performance, problematizing of communicational structures – all of that makes BADco. an internationally significant artistic phenomenon and one of the most differentiated performance experiences.




Fascinating floating pavilion is an idea of Leo Modrčin and as masterpiece of group of architects is going to introduce Croatia on 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice on 29th August to 21st November 2010.

The floating boat, actually a barge, and his special “house” made of 35 tons of iron pieces in 885 thousand welded joints, has sailed in a harbour of Rijeka, on his way to Venice, already causing a huge interest of tourists.

This masterpiece is a work of art of 15 Croatian architects: Tonči Žarnić, Veljko Oluić, Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tanja Grozdanić, Silvijo Novak (3LHD), Igor Franić, Petar Mišković, Helena Paver Njirić, Lee Pelivan and Tomo Plejić (Studio UP), Goran Rako, Saša Randić and Idis Turato (Randić-Turato), and Pero Vuković.

It corresponds basically with Japanese selector Kazuyo Sejima`s concept: “People meet in architecture”. As one of the authors, Goran Rako says: “It`s the result of huge synergy flown in a particular product”, and he adds that although they are still not aware of all that is going on, it`s obviously incredibly exciting! The space is emotionaly affected, but functionaly not dominant at all.

“When architect makes a house, it`s excellent; when he makes a floating house, it`s a masterpiece; but when that house goes to Venice – it`s a dream of dreams!” – says a satisfied arcitect Idis Turato.







It collapsed!

Croatian Floating Pavilion designed for this year’s Venice Biennale by the group of architects and professors (Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Igor Franic, Tanja Grozdanic, Petar Miskovic, Leo Modrcin, Silvije Novak, Veljko Oluic, Helena Paver Njiric, Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic, Goran Rako, Sasa Randic, Idis Turato, Pero Vukovic, Tonci Zarnic), who used the huge amount of Croatian taxpayers’ money to build it, was never exhibited there because it has collapsed on its way. In spite of the fact that inrepairable damage was caused by the structural failure nobody took responsibility for the blamage.

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Images courtesy Katarina Olujić