In the 1960s, Gallery of Contemporary Art, today’s Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (MSU) was – according to some of the most prominent artists of the time – the most open public institution in Yugoslavia. This refers primarily to its potential for generating important art phenomena in an international and local context, and to remain open for organizing and documenting various art and exhibition projects in which artistic intervention became part of the urban texture. Ten years later, the neo-avantgarde paradigm, which sought to make art accessible to all by means of mass production, not only from the position of the observer, but also from that of the author, would be substituted through participatory events and interventions, which used various strategies to erase the borders between the artist and the audience.
An important step forward in the publishing activity at the time were the journals BIT international and SPOT, which the Gallery issued during its exceptionally productive decade between 1968 and 1978. They were published for a relatively brief period of time, in an environment that was already acquainted with art journals and artist books, as a means of exchange and dissemination of ideas and visual research. Numerous artworks and interventions presented there belong to the most significant segments of MSU’s holdings and documentary collections, which we are now presenting with great pleasure in Wrocław as the beginning of our cooperation with MMW.
Artists: Marina Abramović, Marc Adrian, Vincenzo Agnetti, Marina Apollonio, Mihajlo Arsovski, Alberto Biasi, Christian Boltanski, Vladimir Bonačić, Marija Braut, Boris Bućan, Gerald D. Byerley, André Cadere, Roman Cieslewicz, Gianni Colombo, Computer Centre “Boris Kidrič” Institute, Vinča, Charles Csuri, Boris Cvjetanović, Petar Dabac, Dadamaino, Vlasta Delimar, Braco Dimitrijević, Juraj Dobrović, Michel Fadat, Alain Fleischer, Fokus grupa (Iva Kovač & Elvis Krstulović), Alan Mark France, Ivana Franke, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Mladen Galić, David R. Garrison, Gorgona, Tomislav Gotovac, Klaus Groh, Group of Six Artists, Vladimir Gudac, Dieter Hacker, Laeon D. Harmon, David Det Hompson, Miljenko Horvat, Pierre Hubert, Sanja Iveković, Vladmir Jakolić, Željko Jerman, Zbynek Jetleb, Jagoda Kaloper, Rudolf Kämmer, Laszlo Kerekeš, Kenneth C. Knowlton, Hans Köhler, Ivan Kožarić, Vladimir Kristl, Edoardo Landi, Auro Lecci, Sol LeWitt, John Liggins, Robert Mallary, David Maljković, Jonier Marin, Jean Claude Marquette, Dalibor Martinis, Manfredo Massironi, David Mayor, Annette Messager, Enes Midžić, Tomislav Mikulić, Petar Milojević, Mladi beogradski umetnici, Jane Moon, François Morellet, Bruno Munari, Frieder Nake, Georg Nees, Thomas Niggel, Michael A. Noll, Marijan Susovski, Jacques Palumbo, Sergej Pavlin, Vladimir Petek, Goran Petercol, Friederike Pezold, Ivan Picelj, Sandor Pinczehelyi, RZU Podroom, Ivan Posavec, Bogdanka Poznanović, Ludwig Rase & Georg Nees, Carlheinz Richter, Vjenceslav Richter, Sylvia Roubaud, Davor Sanvincenti, Zabunyan Sarkis, Paolo Scheggi, Manfred Robert Schroeder, Jesus Raphael Soto, Aleksandar Srnec, Mladen Stilinović, Josip Stošić, Ljerka Šibenik, Davor Tomičić, Goran Trbuljak, Gergely Urkom, Jiří Valoch, Victor Vasarely, Milisav Mio Vesović, Edward Zajec, Anton Zottl, Vilko Žiljak.
Curators: Jasna Jakšić and Ivana Kancir
An exhibition organised in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb
Co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Honorary patronage: Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Polish Republic, Foundation Hrvatska kuća – Croatia House, City of Zagreb, City of Wrocław
Media patronage: Gazeta Wrocławska, Odra, O.pl Polski Portal Kultury, Radio Wrocław, Radio RAM, TVP Wrocław