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The first retrospective of Tomislav Gotovac a.k.a Antonio G. Lauer (Sombor, 1937 – Zagreb, 2010) is held seven years after the artist’s death and it gives an overview of his sixty-year long art practice. It meanders through different media and different phases of the artist, combining older and more recent works, less known with most important works, the author’s actions and their continuations in newspapers and court documents. This retrospective is not trying to confine the artist within a gallery walls, but it leaves him to walk along his well-trodden path that runs between cinema, gallery and street. Encompassing around one hundred works, like a film reel it unfolds from the spaces of former Rikard Benčić factory to Art-kino Croatia, circulating the public space.
Complemented with the programs of Empeduja Art Camp, DOPUST / Days of Open Performance Rijeka and student exhibition D Day, the retrospective presents Gotovac as the synonym for an avant-garde artist and the hero of popular culture, who wanted to erase the boundaries between art and the people. Student exhibition D Day focuses on the realization of new artworks that use Gotovac’s art practice as their starting point. DOPUST – Days of Open Performance Rijeka: Action! offers lectures, performances and actions in public space, relating the Viennese Actionism to the provocative methods of Gotovac’s public performances.
The three-day art manifestation of Empeduja Art Camp: Feed the Monuments While They Are Still Alive! is entirely dedicated to the work of Antonio G. Lauer, who was both a mentor and a comrade to Rijeka’s alternative scene. His presence gave meaning and recognition to Rijeka’s scene, he was its friend and protagonist. In the complementary program, consisting of exhibition guidance, film discussions and workshops called Group Enjoyment, together we discover where we’re going and where Tomislav / Antonio / Gotovac / Lauer was going.
INTRO PROGRAM_00 :: Feed The Monuments While They Are Still Alive!
Empeduja Art Camp dedicated to Tomislav Gotovac a.k.a. Antonio G. Lauer
Program concept: Damir Čargonja, Tajči Čekada, Nadežda Elezović
(postponed) 21 September 2017 > BEACH BAR EMPEDUJA @ BIVIO BEACH
gathering of artists and creation of works on Bivio beach, which will be renamed Antonio Lauer Beach
INTRO PROGRAM_01: Akcija!
22 – 25 September 2017 > DOPUST – DAYS OF OPEN PERFORMANCE RIJEKA
selector: Marko Marković, partners: MUMOK, Vienna, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, MMSU, Rijeka
Friday, 22 September 2017
MMSU @ DOLAC
Milo Moiré (DE): action in public space, from the former to the new location of the Museum, Ceci n’ est pas une femme nue / DOPUST
MMSU @ exBENČIĆ
THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION & NEW BUILDING OF THE MUSEUM IN FORMER RIKARD BENČIĆ FACTORY :: Tomislav Gotovac: Crisis Anticipator – Don’t Ask Where We’re Going
22 September – 26 November 2017
curators: Ksenija Orelj and Nataša Šuković, in collaboration with Tomislav Gotovac Institute
20:00 – 23:00
Lala Nomada (MEX): performance in progress / DOPUST
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Guided tour through the exhibition: Tomislav Gotovac: Crisis Anticipator – Don’t Ask Where We’re Going
FILM PROGRAM: Tomislav Gotovac: I’m innocent!
introduction: Diana Nenadić, selector, in collaboration with the Croatian Film Association and Art-kino Croatia
The film program I’m innocent!, consisting of eight cycles, gives an outline of Gotovac / Lauer’s film practice, from experimental and structural films, collages of film essays and ready-made films to the works of expanded cinema – his happenings and performances, which he used to call ‘movies’ made with different methods. We meet this anarchic performer as an actor, too, who played cameo roles in fiction films of Yugoslavian directors. We also discover the artist’s life-long obsession with moving pictures, particularly the American cinematographic film… Where John Ford is the Holy Spirit, Howard Hawks is the Father, while Jesus Christ, the third son – well, that is either ‘la Nouvelle Vague’ i.e. Godard, or ‘the British New Wave’ i.e. Tony Richardson and Karel Reisz, or ‘the new German Cinema’ i.e. Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, or Tarkovsky in the Soviet cinematography, or Kurosawa in Japan, or me, Tomislav Gotovac, in Zagreb. (Tomislav Gotovac)
Opening of the exhibition of student Works: D-Day / Starting point: Gotovac
6 – 15 October > Galerija SKC@Klub Palach
Friday, 6 October @ 20:00
opening of the exhibition of student works based on art practice of Tomislav Gotovac, in collaboration with the Academy of Applied Arts, Rijeka and the Student Cultural Center – SKC Gallery
GUIDED TOURS: Don’t Ask Where We’re Going
MMSU @ exBENČIĆ
Wednesday, 11 October, 22 November @ 19:00
guided tour by exhibition curators Ksenija Orelj and Nataša Šuković
Wednesday, 18 October, 15 November @ 19:00
guided tour by curator Kora Girin
Wednesday, 25 October, 8 November @ 12:00
guided tour by senior museum educator Milica Đilas
Tuesday, 31 October, 14 November @ 17:00
guided tour by Suzana Marjanić, ethnologist and Marina Tkalčić, museologist, ‘Do-it-yourself dog’ or
Tom’s zoometaphors in the context of political cuisine
Tuesday, 21 November @ 14:00
guided tour by Darko Šimičić, researcher and secretary of Tomislav Gotovac Institute
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: Group Enjoyment
MMSU @ exBENČIĆ
workshop mentor: Milica Đilas, senior museum educator
Saturday, 7 October, 21 October, 11 November @ 11:00 – 12:30