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The Installations and New Media Collection


The Collection of installations and new media was established in 2007 as a result of a larger purchase of multimedia installations and video works. The main feature of the late 20th century and contemporary art is artistic and media pluralism. The use of various media expressions in a single work (photography, light, optical and kinetic effects, sound, video, ready-made...) makes it impossible to classify such works in collections established to collect works of modernist art.
 
Transforming and deconstructing modernist sculpture and the early appearance of installation may be traced in works from the Collection dating from the middle of the 1980s (Laszlo Kerekes), as well as in a larger number of works from the late 20th century and first years of the 21st century, including light, kinetic, and even some sound effects (Sanja Švrljuga Milić, Goran Petercol, Mirjana Vodopija, Silvo Šarić, Zdravko Milić, Nika Radić, Bruno Paladin). The Collection contains spatial and wall installations by Mirjana Đorđević, Sven Stilinović, Braco Dimitrijević (Tryptichos Post Historicus, 2005), Predrag Todorović, Aleksandar Garbin, Ines Krasić, Tomislav Brajnović, Kata Mijatović, Igor Eškinja, and others. Zlatko Kopljar has donated a multimedia installation K9 Compassion that was exhibited at the 26th Biennial in Sao Paulo (2004), while the especially precious donated installation of Italian artist Alfredo Pirri was presented at the 1st Biennial of Quadrilateral (2005) in MMSU. The Collection also keeps a video-installation Membrana Tympani (1995) and audio-installation Stormtellers (1997) by Dalibor Martinis, as well as some recent video-installations by Sonja Vuk, Kristina Leko, Marijan Crtalić and Sandra Sterle.
 
Collecting works of multimedia character has barely begun. Computer graphics by Vilko Žiljak (1974/75) are early examples of research into the visual capacities of manipulating computer technology. The pioneering period of Croatian video is represented in early video works by  Dalibor Martinis and Sanja Iveković, and the Collection contains her video works from the 1970s and the 1980s wherein she problematizes the social political reality. As to the younger generations of artists, the Collection comprises video works by Alen Floričić, Tomislav Brajnović, Lada Sega and Nemanja Cvijanović. The Museum has also produced the video work Lost Memories from These Days (2006) by David Maljković. The Collection also holds the pioneering multidisciplinary Internet project Closed Reality – Embryo (1999-2000) by Andreja Kulunčić, an originator of online projects in Croatian contemporary art.
 
 
Nataša Ivančević

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