Schleifmühlgasse 18 - 1040 Wien
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6.9. - 10.11.2018
Museum der bildenden Künste, Osijek, Kroatien

The exhibition (In)Constancy of Space: Spaces of Narration and Imagination problematizes descriptive, formal, symbolic, psychological and sociological aspects of the text in creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces in the works of contemporary visual artists. Text and visual art are two ways of depicting space, both the physical and mental one, and the exhibition focuses on different possibilities of their interaction. Works in which the text generates formal and formative characteristics are brought into a visual and thematic dialogue with the ones in which the text is the primary bearer of content, i.e. narration. The curators used Josip Vaništa's work from 1964 as a starting reference, in which the artist dematerialized the painting and its space, that is, he reduced it to a text written with a typewriter on a piece of paper as a kind of meta-instruction on how to execute the painting. Since the moment when Vaništa achieved "the most radical achievement of the 20th century Croatian art" the mutual interactions of visual, spatial, textual and verbal-auditory aspects have continued to permeate the works of future generations of Croatian artists. Along with Croatian, the exhibition (In)Constancy of Space: Spaces of Narration and Imagination also features renowned contemporary Austrian artists, and it questions whether and to what extent – in the context of globalization, virtualization and migration processes – the lexical, i.e. linguistic basis still conditions the narrative and imaginative determinants of shaping, or better yet, describing specific spatial situations.

The exhibition is accompanied by screenings of experimental films that in different ways correspond to its basic concept.

The exhibition features the following artists: Eva Beierheimer & Miriam Laussegger, Antonio Grgić, Paulina Jazvić, Anto Jerković, Željko Jerma, Željko Kipke, Anatol Knotek, Brigitte Kowanz, Ivica Malčić, Vlado Martek, Martina Miholić, Ana Mušćet, Gloria Oreb, Roman Pfeffer, Damir Sokić, Philipp Timischl, Ivan Tudek, Josip Vaništa, Hannes Zebedin, Anabel Zanze

The film programme features the works of the following artists: Gustav Deutsch, Ivan Faktor, Tomislav Gotovac a.k.a Antonio G. Lauer, Željko Kipke, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Helena Schultheis Edgeler, Mladen Stilinović.

curated by Vanja Babić, Neva Lukić and Ivan Paić

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