Julije Knifer

Personal Cuts
Art Scene in Zagreb 1950s to Now


Edited by Branka Stipančić.
Texts by Jean-Marc Prevost, Branka Stipančić, Igor Zabel, Ana Devi.

Personal Cuts focus is conceptual tendencies, in the broadest sense of the term, starting with the neo-avant-garde from the periods of 1950s and 1960s, the “New Art Practice” of the 1970s and expands to include some art of today that has a strong conceptual background. “Conceptual Art” in Zagreb is understood differently to the “western canon” and covers an enormous range and means of expression, a wide array of works and practices. The artists moved towards new materials, media, methods and behavior they shifted their interests from objects to the “conduct” of making art in search of a redefinition of the role of the artist towards social, political, and economical realities and within the places they were (and are) living.
After the Croatian cultural season in France in 2012 and the entry of this state in the European Union in 2013, Carré d’Art-Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nimes hosting in 2014 an exhibition with a historical perspective on contemporary artistic production from Zagreb both innovative and committed. This publication is a direct extension of the show, opening with the chronology of radical production and its context, in which Branka Stipančić backs on the 1950s to 1970s, notably with the Gorgona Group, Exat 51 and to contemporary productions.

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Carré d’art, Nîmes, from October 17, 2014 to January 11, 2015.

Works by Gorgona Group, Josip Vaništa, Julije Knifer, Dimitrije Bašičević, Mangelos, Ivan Kožarić, Tomislav Gotovac, Goran Trbuljak, Sanja Iveković, Dalibor Martinis, Mladen Stilinović, Vlado Martek, Boris Cvjetanović, Igor Grubić, David Maljković, Andreja Kulunčić, &, Božena Končić, Badurina.

Branka Stipančić, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb from 1983 to 1993, director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Zagreb from 1993 to 1996, she is now an art historian, curator and editor based in Zagreb. She holds degrees in art history and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb.

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O Nepoznatim Radovima / An Unknown Work

‘O nepoznatim radovima’ / ‘An Unknown Work’ was an exhibition curated by Branka Stipančić in 2006, featuring the work of Boris Cvjetanović, Antonio Gotovac-Lauer (Tomislav Gotovac), Sanja Iveković, Zeljko Jerman, Julije Knifer, Vlado Martek, Dalibor Martinis, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Goran Trbuljak, Joseph Vaništa.

“The artists of this exhibition have a significant and long career…. Nevertheless, each of them at home has works that are rarely or never exhibited, works in the studio or apartment – somehow always left aside. These works probably did not fit in solo exhibitions of artists, or did not correspond to curatorial themes and concepts, or are perhaps not sufficiently reflect a trend in which they wanted to see the work of individual artists…. I focused attention on works from the time of the seventies and eighties of several artists such as Boris Cvjetanović, Antonio Gotovac Lauer (Tomislav Gotovac), Sanja Iveković, Jerman, Julius Knifer, Vlado Martek, Dalibor Martinis, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinovic, Goran Trbuljak Joseph Vaništa. There are works on paper, photographs, artists’ books, films and videos. Paradoxically, some of the exposed ‘unknown’ works once were printed in the edition of daily newspapers, and yet no one remembers them and there is no account. A few of them to this day remain unknown because they were unavailable to the artists themselves… A few newer works are also exhibited – these are works by artists of the older generation who rarely exhibit at exhibitions of contemporary art and therefore just their newer works remain unknown…
– Branka Stipančić, Curator

Catalogue published to accompany this very interesting and curious exhibit of well-known Croatian artists from the avant-garde and conceptual scene of the 1970s-1980s.

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