The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


International Symposium: Trigon 67/17 – recapitulations and perspectives

Part 1: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Thursday, 9. 11. 2017, from 4 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition "trigon 67/17 – ambiente nouvo/ post environment" ( KM- Graz, 23.09 – 23.11.17) marking 50th anniversary of "trigon 67", Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien, (KM– Graz) and Apoteka - Space for Contemporary Art are organizing a "travelling" symposium in the spaces of trigon - in Zagreb, Trieste and Graz, reflecting on the legacy, artistic and curatorial practices and influence of trigon as exhibition shaping cultural context.

The tri-country biennial “trigon” was founded in Graz in 1963, and for decades it presented an opportunity for wider artistic exchange between ex-Yugoslavia, Italy, Austria, and other countries. “trigon 67” in particular, which took place at the Künstlerhaus and its outdoor environs with the title “ambiente / environment,” was one of the biennial’s central exhibitions, featuring fifteen, nowadays well-known artists, who examined contemporary architectural issues and the perception of space.

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of “trigon 67” and steirischer herbst, the Künstlerhaus has reevaluated these once heavily discussed approaches. In the exhibition "trigon 67/17 – ambiente nuovo/ post environment" (23.09 – 23.11.17), fifteen young artists from the Trigon region have once again revisited the original subject, presenting a range of practices dealing with space and architecture in contemporary art.

In the symposium, which will take place on three consecutive Thursday afternoons at three prominent art institutions in the Trigon region, academics, curators, and critics will discuss and investigate the exhibition “trigon 67,” highlighting its repercussions on contemporary art in Austria, Italy, and ex-Yugoslavia. In addition, the current exhibition “trigon 67/17 – ambiente nuovo / post environment” at the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, will be another main focal point.

The symposium will start at MSU Museum of Contenmporary Art in Zagreb, home to many artworks by artists presented in “trigon 67.” Running parallel to the symposium, the exhibition „Rebel with a Vision,“ featuring Vjenceslav Richter, who was also a part of “trigon 67,” will be on display at the museum. In “trigon 67” Richter presented a large-scale, outdoor installation.


Branka Benčić, Director, Apoteka - Space for Contemporary Art, Independent Curator, Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale

Jürgen Dehm, Curator, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)

Vesna Meštrić, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art MSU, Zagreb

Tihanna Puc, Independent Researcher, Zagreb


Juergen Dehm: trigon 67/17

Branka Benčić and Tihana Puc: trigon as network

Vesna Meštrić: Trigon and Vjenceslav Richter: 1967 – 1975

Discussion: Trigon in curatorial research today. With: Branka Benčić, Jurgen Dehm, Jasna Jakšić, Iva Rada Janković, Vesna Meštrić

Film Screening: Eilfried Huth: trigon 67, 35min

Organized by:

Branka Benčić, Director, Apoteka / Space for Contemporary art, Independent Curator, Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale

Jürgen Dehm, Curator, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)

Sandro Droschl, Director, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)

Thanks to:

Vesna Meštrić and Tihomir Milovac (MSU – Museum of Contemporary Art Zgreb).

Supported by: Land Steiermark, Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehunge

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