The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb



September 25 till November 11, 2012
2nd floor, Temporary Exhibition Galleries
Exhibition opens on Semptember 25th 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Miljenko Horvat: Explorations

Although Miljenko Horvat (Varaždin, 1935 – Zagreb, 2012) has left a deep mark on contemporary Croatian art, primarily through his work with Gorgona and participation in New Tendencies, he remains relatively unknown to the general public. His first solo exhibition took place in the 1960s in Zagreb. However, in Croatia, not much is known about his activities after that. This is likely because he moved abroad, first to Paris (1962) and then to Canada (1966), where he spent most of his life. After his retirement in 2008, he returned to Zagreb where he died in March of this year.

His name is usually associated with the group Gorgona, for which he realized the seventh issue of the anti-journal of the same name in 1965 at the encouragement of Joseph Vaništa. In its overall creation it is possible to find a specific Gorgonic spirit, something Radoslav Putar detected even during the first presentation, describing Horvat's poetry as “a notorious absurdity that is reflected in dignified wisdom.” However, in one moment his perpetual search had lead him to the New Tendencies movement, in which he participated in the innovative field of computer graphics in 1973.

Miljenko Horvat, along with poetic collages, spontaneous and gestural drawings and paintings that share the poetics of abstract expressionism, explored the possibilities of various media, producing even a rich body of photography, recording like a passionate traveler, wanderer, and sensitive seeker the poetically microcosmic, lonely “scenes without significance”, anonymous traces of the human hand and the effects of time on the walls of cities.

Although Horvat devoted himself to his deepest vocation, earning a living as an architect, designer, lecturer on design, illustrator and caricaturist, he established a noteworthy artistic career while abroad, especially in Canada. His works are now in museums and private and public collections in Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, and the U.S. After nearly half a century, the diverse, rich, and intriguing work of Miljenko Horvat returns to the city where, after studying architecture, he slowly and steadily began his artistic search.

Curator: Radmila Iva Janković
Exhibition set-up: Tomislav Pavelić

Antun Motika: Experiments

From Futuropolis to Music of Light

Antun Motika (Pula, 1902 – Zagreb, 1992) is a versatile artist who is generally known as a painter of subtle nudes and lyrical interiors and landscapes with a distinct sensibility for color and light. He is one of the most significant artists among the experimenters, innovators, and visionaries in the development of technology and architecture, scenography, advertisement, industrial design, and painting, which deserves a special place in the development of Croatian and international art history.

In 1941, in his intimate studio, he began work on his so-called studio research, performing a number of pioneering lumino-kinetic experiments in glass and foil with organic and inorganic matter, experiments in photography, with photographic and X-ray film, on metal and Plexiglass intended for projection, on which he very often intervenes with a variety of painterly and unpainterly procedures. He burns glass and plastic, he perforates and engraves, pours paint and resin on them, combines them and creates “pools” that he fills with paint and a variety of liquids.

Sometimes his obsession with particular problem leads him to complete mental exhaustion, but still during the process he records the results of his experiments like scientific “readings” in notebooks and journals. This very intriguing scientific material is the theme of the Antun Motika exhibition, which opens on Tuesday, September 25 in the temporary exhibition hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The opening date marks the 110th anniversary of his birth and the 20th anniversary of his death.

Curator: Ivana Janković
Exhibition set-up: Filip Beusan

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