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Danica Dakić

Danica Dakić


In recent years, Danica Dakić’s media installations have been on view in noted group exhibitions such as Documenta 12 (2007) and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003). We are delighted to present this travelling exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective solo show dedicated to Danica Dakić’s multifaceted oeuvre. The exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort by the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Generali Foundation, Vienna, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb.

Central among the issues the artist addresses are questions of identity, homeland, and culture. She engages these questions in a great variety of media—from drawing to photography, from film and video to sound pieces, from performances to sculptural objects. Based on her own experience as a migrant, she uses her work for an extensive examination of language and the representations of roles as well as their significance in the face of social transformation, processes of globalization, and war.

Danica Dakić has been making video and sound installations since 1994; they are distinguished by a close engagement with the particular spatial features and architectural motifs of the individual exhibition site. The works she shoots on locations that are foci of current sociocultural contention are marked by the gentleness, respect, and empathy she brings to collaboration with her protagonists. This approach imparts to the works a particular sensitivity that lets her avoid both voyeurism and conventional documentary styles. Instead, the clarity of the visual details she focuses on, the ways she stages her actors in front of panoramic tapestries or almost

theatrical architectures, and her reenactments of traditional art-historical motifs that suggest the format of the tableau vivant all serve to create digital images that have much in common with classical pictorial compositions. In a few cases, the videos are based on drawings by the artist or are shown in the exhibition with complementary wall drawings. Many works are shown with props used during shooting as well as handmade objects and texts by, and sound recordings of, the protagonists, or are combined with large-format C-prints, photo series, and other works displayed on the walls. These are only a few of the artistic strategies that thematize the creative process behind the works themselves and the relationships between representation, what is represented, and the viewer. Rarely is the presentation of these works as simple as a projection in a black box. In sensitive interaction with

the architecture of the exhibition space, the artist modifies a dark projection room to suggest, for instance, a movie theatre or a chapel, creating a meaningful environment for the work. The questions Dakić engages and her choices of media are inseparable from her biography: she studied painting from the early 1980s on, first at the Academy of Art in Sarajevo, then in Belgrade. In 1988, she came to Düsseldorf, where she studied under Nam June Paik and increasingly explored the possibilities of the medium video. Her experience as a painter, but also her interest in architecture, music, and theatre, are central points of reference for her approach to her subjects.

The realization of this monographic exhibition, which will be shown in Düsseldorf, Vienna, and Zagreb, would not have been possible without the extraordinarily productive collaboration with the artist herself, and we would like to express our profound gratitude to her. We are grateful to the authors Horst Bredekamp and Tom Holert for their contributions to the catalogue; to the translators; and to Maren von Stockhausen, who has designed the catalogue. We would also like to thank the photographer and cameraman Egbert Trogemann, who has worked with Danica Dakić for many years. As in the past, he has assiduously documented her work for the present publication. In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten in Graz for loaning us one work. The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf has also received support and consulting services from Cine Plus, a Media Project Berlin, for which we thank them very much.

Ulrike Groos, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Sabine Folie, Generali Foundation, Vienna

Tihomir Milovac, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb



powered by bauMax and Vienna Insurance Group

Supporting Art in Seven Countries of Central and Southeast Europe

The ESSL ART AWARD CEE showcases the latest tendencies of young contemporary art in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

Established by the Austrian art collectors Agnes and Karlheinz Essl and conferred in close co-operation with experts, museums and art academies, this award promotes young talents in the countries in which the family business bauMax has an active presence. The award reflects the commitment of the Essl family to the support of young art and provides a significant stimulus to the European cultural sphere. Initiated in 2005, the award is bestowed for the fourth time in 2011, for the first time also including Bulgarian artists.

Nominees Exhibitions in Seven European Capitals

From more than 400 entries by art students, a jury composed of experts from all participating countries short-lists ten nominees per countries. Their work will be exhibited in a Nominees’ Exhibition in each of the seven capitals in May and June 2011. Two artists in each country will receive the ESSL ART AWARD CEE, one of them will also benefit from a Special Invitation from the Vienna Insurance Group.

The artwork presented within the context of the ESSL ART AWARD CEE in the Nominees’ Exhibitions raises a number of topical questions:

What is happening at art universities? Which social, socio-political and economic issues are of concern to young artists? Are ecological aspects and the gender debate important elements? What will the significance of figurative painting be in the coming years? Do young artists tend to focus on a particular medium?

Drawing, painting, installations, photography and the new media are represented in the artwork exhibited.

In Hungary and Slovakia, there is a tendency of exploring contemporary issues with more traditional techniques. In Romania, photography seems to be the main medium of choice for portraying social issues.

Independent of the chosen medium, many young artists concentrate on existential themes relating to the circumstances they live and work in.

Nominees` Night in Zagreb

In Zagreb, the Nominees’ Night will be organised at Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti on 12 May 2011, at 7 p.m.. Inaugurating statements will made by the Minister of Culture Jasen Mesić, Prof. Vanja Babić, Snježana Pintarić and Martin Essl, CEO bauMax.

The nominees for the Croatian ESSL ART AWARD CEE are Beata Jarzyna,Ana Kuzmanić,Stjepan Milas,Sabina Mikelić,Martin Mrzljak, Pavle Pavlović,David Ranogajec,Igor Ruf,Irena TopićandBorko Vukosav.


Each of the 14 winners of the ESSL ART AWARD CEE receives EUR 3.500 and takes part in the >ESSL ART AWARD Exhibition< held at the Essl Museum from 02 Dec 2011 until 12 Feb 2012. The exhibition will be complemented by a comprehensive catalogue which presents the individual artistic positions and is designed to help the young talents obtain international recognition.

Within the context of the Nominees’ Night the Vienna Insurance Group will issue a Special Invitation to one of the winners from each country and showcase their work in an exhibition at the Ringturm building in Vienna.

A Contemporary Art Success Story: Essl Museum and bauMax

Inaugurated in 1999, the Essl Museum is Austria’s largest privately run museum and home to one of Europe’s most significant collections of contemporary art with more than 7.000 works of art.

Back in the 1950s, the art collectors Agnes and Karlheinz Essl discovered their passion for contemporary art. A very successful business career that took off at a breathtaking pace with the foundation of the bauMax company enabled them to build an important art collection. It has always been of prime importance for the couple to make their collection available to the public at large. The museum presents international exhibitions, solo exhibitions of top artists and considers art education a priority.

It has always been part of the commitment of the Essl family to support young artists, an intention that has been translated into reality with the >emerging artists< series and the ESSL ART AWARD CEE.

35 years ago, the Essl family opened the first bauMax store in Austria. Today the family undertaking is one of Europe’s largest DIY-store chains and is considered a pioneer in bringing DIY to central and southeast Europe and recently also Turkey.

bauMax is active in nine countries with more than 150 stores. In addition to Austria, the company is present in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and, since 2010, Turkey. bauMax is internationally considered to be synonymous with competence and progress in the areas of home building and home improvement, tools and garden. bauMax is not only the number one in home building and DIY but also as an employer. The company with more than 10.000 staff members has repeatedly been ranked among Europe’s 100 best employers.

With its motto “Best in price, best in product range and best in service”, bauMax is not only appealing to DIY fans, but also to small industry and trade and those who are not willing to engage in DIY themselves. With its sustained low price concept adjusted precisely to the needs of customers in every country, bauMax guarantees to offer its products at the lowest price. The company’s aim is to make home improvement affordable for everyone.

VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP – Partner of Long Standing

For many years, the VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP has been co-operating with the Essl Museum. This years the group will again sponsor the ESSL ART AWARD CEE together with bauMax. The following VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP companies participate in the event: Kvarner, Helios and Erste osiguranje in Croatia, Wiener Städtische in Slovenia, Kooperativa, Česká podnikatelská pojišt’ovna and Pojišťovna České spořitelny in the Czech Republic, Kooperativa, Komunálna and Poisťovňa Slovenskej sporiteľne in Slovakia, Union Biztosító and Erste Biztosító in Hungary, Omniasig, Asirom BCR Non-life and BCR Life in Romania, as well as the Bulgarian companies Bulstrad Life and Non-life and Bulgarski Imoti Life and Non-life. For the first time Bulgaria takes part in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE as the seventh country.

VIG Special Invitations – Young Talent Award of the VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP

In 2011, VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP continues the project initiated in 2009 by issuing “VIG Special Invitations” in the context of the ESSL ART AWARD CEE. For every participating country, one of the two ESSL ART AWARD CEE winners will receive the “VIG Special Invitation” endowed with EUR 1.000 each. The winners will be invited to participate in the VIG Special Invitations exhibition at the Vienna Insurance Group’s exhibition centre at the Ringturm building in Vienna in May 2012 and to create a work specifically for this event.

“Supporting art and cultural projects is an integral part of our corporate philosophy and a tradition of long standing. With our support of the ESSL ART AWARD CEE we can contribute to promoting the developing of the young creative art scenes in the countries of central and eastern Europe where Vienna Insurance Group is active. As a company that does successful insurance business in the region we consider it part of our corporate social responsibility to promote the diversity of cultural life”, says Dr. Günter Geyer, CEO of VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP.

Listed on the stock exchanges of Vienna and Prague and headquartered in Vienna, VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP (VIG) is one of the leading insurance groups in central and eastern Europe. With a staff of 25.000, VIG offers innovative insurance schemes and excellent service to its customers in 24 countries of the region.



Venue + award ceremony:

Galéria MEDIUM | Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18., Bratislava 1

Exhibition: 09 May – 29 May 2011

10 Nominees: Dávid Demjanovič, Mira Gáberová, Magdaléna Kuchtová, Daniela Krajčová, Stano Masár, Erika Miklóšová, Ivana Osuská, Csilla Poláková, Ludmila Pohlová, Milan Vagač

Press contact in Slovakia: Marek Šulc, T: +421 248 278 – 890,



Venue + award ceremony:

Centralis Galeria/OSA Archivum | Arany János utca 32, Budapest 1051

Exhibition: 10 May – 22 May 2011

10 Nominees: Anikó Basa, Emőke Bada, Ervin Békési, Anett Hámori, Patrícia Jagicza, Dorottya Kanics, János Kujbus, Lajos Sárai, Annamária Szentpétery, Ádám Ulbert

Press contact in Hungary: Barbara Schmidt, T: +36 1 2194 - 115

M: +36 20 460 9387, E:


Venue + award ceremony:

Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti Zagreb (MSU) | Avenija Dubrovnik 17, 10000 Zagreb

Exhibition: 12 May – 31 May 2011

10 Nominees: Beata Jarzyna,Ana Kuzmanić,Stjepan Milas,Sabina Mikelić,Martin Mrzljak, Pavle Pavlović,David Ranogajec,Igor Ruf,Irena Topić,Borko Vukosav

Press contact in Croatia: Marija Politsch- Pangerc

T: +386 / 1 / 546 62 48, M: +386 / 31 220 575,


Venue + award ceremony:

Moderna galerija Ljubljana / Museum of Modern Art | Tomšičeva 14, 1000 Ljubljana

Exhibition: 13 May – 5. June 2011

10 Nominees: Maja Alibegović, Manca Bajec,Suzana Brborović, Urška Djukić,Tina Dobrajc, Nejc Prah,Pila Rusjan,Maja RoŽman,Miha Šubic,Manja Vadla

Press contactin Slovenia: Marija Politsch-Pangerc
T: +386 / 1 / 546 62 48, M: +386 / 31 220 575,


Venue + award ceremony:

ghmp - City Gallery Prague, Old Town Hall, 2nd floor | Staroměstské náměstí 1, 110 00 Praha 1, Old Town Square 1

Exhibition: 30 May – 26. June 2011

10 Nominees: Josef Bareš,Jan Brož,Petr Dub,Svetlana Fialová,Friederike Höppner, Martina Holá,Edita Pattová,Erik Sikora,Roman Štětina,Viktor Valášek

Press contact in the Czech Republic: Marek Šulc
T: +421 248 278 – 890, E:


Venue + award ceremony:

VictoriaArt Centerfor Cultural Contemporary Production | Calea Victoriei, Nr. 12C, bl. A, Sector 3, Bucureşti

Exhibition: 01 June – 26 June 2011

10 Nominees: Daniel Nicolae Djamo, Ana Dutia,Marius-Bogdan Gîrbovan,Lucian Indrei, Mădălina Lazăr,Maxim Liulca,Lucian Alexe,Veda Popovici,Larisa Sitar,Teodora Axente

Press contactin Romania: Julia Anca Besnea
T: +40 - 31 620 27 00, M: 0040 731 700 624,

Venue + award ceremony

Academia Gallery / National Academy of Art Sofia (NAA) | 1 Shipka street,
Sofia 1000
Exhibition: 03 June – 26 June 2011
10 Nominees: Albena Stefanova Baeva,Zoran Georgiev,Velislava Georgieva Gecheva, Elena Kaludova,Boyana Koynova Koynova,Nikola Mihov,Zlatin Orlov,DAMA-09,Yuliana Tekova,Minko Yovchev
Press contact
in Bulgaria: Velina Zaharieva
T: +359 2 8073 – 711, E:


02 Dec 2011 – 20 Feb 2012

Essl Museum I An der Donau-Au 1 I 3400 Klosterneuburg


MSU Zagreb and ISEA2011, Istanbul: Dislocations and Geometries of the Sublime


April, 25 – June 16, 2013

The Oncoming Retrospective Exhibition of Vojin Bakić's Work

7th December 2013 – 2th February 2014

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