The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


BREDA BEBAN: The Adventure of the Real

No gallery, opening 20.6.2013 at 8 PM

Breda Beban was an artist, filmmaker and curator/creative producer whose work deals with contemporary notions of subjectivity and emotion that occur on the margins of big stories about geography, politics and love. Breda Beban's films and photographs are recognized as unique expressions of intimacy, vulnerability and authenticity.

Born in Novi Sad, ex-Yugoslavia in 1952, Breda Beban was raised in Macedonia and Croatia. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Starting her career as a painter and performance artist, she began to work with film, video, and photography after meeting her partner and collaborator Hrvoje Horvatić in the mid-eighties. Exiled together in 1991 after outbreak of the war in former Yugoslavia, they travelled from place to place before eventually settling in London, where they continued their collaboration until Horvatić's untimely death in 1997. Working independently and/or in collaboration with other artists or filmmaker, she has fashioned a range of productions that have been exhibited at major museums of contemporary art in Europe and the U.S.

Breda Beban lived in London and Sheffield, where she was Professor of Media Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. She passed away in 2012, leaving various projects uncompleted.

My Funeral Song


5 video projection, DVDs, colour, sound, 5 minute segment looped

Production, Direction & Photography: Breda Beban

Editing: Steve Sprung

Filmed on location in London, Buenos Aires

My Funeral Song is both a participatory web cross-platform and a TV length experimental documentary about songs and funerals, which employs the certainty of death to tell stories that celebrate life.

Centering on real-life characters and their fictional journeys in anticipation of death, the project explores the power of a well-loved song to compress an outlook on life into a telling moment that is at the same time emotional and philosophical.

Led by artist and filmmaker Breda Beban, My Funeral Song talks to a range of secular social groups, and/or people who exercise degrees of separation from an inherent religion or a culture with readymade manuals for after-life journeys and strategies.


2008 – 2011

Series of photographs, color, b/w, 54 x 74 cm

Production & Photography: Breda Beban

Photographed on location in Buenos Aires, Trieste, Tbilisi, London, Athens

Courtesy of the artist's estate and Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki)

The series of photographs titled “Arte Vivo” was triggered by Beban’s childhood imagination and by Argentinean artist Alberto Greco’s 1962 performance “Vivo Dito” (“Vivo Dito is an adventure of the real” - A. Greco).

Only at the opening of the exhibition!

One of the most praised video artworks done by Breda Beban!

Most beautiful woman in Gucha



MSU north terase

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Trieste Contemporanea, Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki) and with courtesy of the artist's estate.

The exhibition is supported by the City Office for Education, Culture and Sports in Zagreb. Curators: Dubravka Cherubini, Branko Franceschi

Coordinator for MSU and exhibition set-up: Tihomir Milovac

Catalogue of the exhibition in Trieste in 2012 is available on the following link:

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