The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


The Kožarić Studio

Elaborating, restructuring, forgetting, gilding, incorporating into new entities, discarding, piling up... these are only some of the artistic gestures that have appeared and alternated at 12 Medulićeva Street in the last forty some years. The space has functioned as a studio in the classic sense of the word, but you would not be mistaken to see it as a peculiar platform for continuous fluctuations of energy, or at least a repository for what remains afterward. It is far from easy to establish a chronology in this chaos, and perhaps it is not even necessary. The tendency to discard one's own past, to display a kind of negligence towards it, to resort to recycling, may reveal a resistance to the solidification of the personal myth or, alternatively, the need to consecrate everyday life.

Those who have paid an occasional visit to the studio may have noticed the peculiar atmosphere of its interior, which keeps changing with every new arrival, transforming itself into new arrangements without any particular sense visible from the outside. The Museum's archive preserves some photographs from 1990: they were taken on two different occasions that year, in winter and in spring. Three years later, artist and curator Antun Maračić contributed to the perception and conception of that unusual space (which Kožarić himself has called "the revivification laboratory") as one of permanent change by a radical gesture of dislocation. In 1993, the entire studio was transferred to the Zvonimir Gallery, along with the artist, of course, who temporarily changed his address and continued his work at the gallery venue. In 2002, his studio changed address once again: it was moved to Kassel for Documenta 11, down to the last artefact. In 2007, the Municipal Department of Culture in Zagreb purchased the entire studio and gave it to MSU for permanent management and maintenance.

The Kožarić Studio contains more than 6000 exhibits: sculptures, reliefs, assemblages, objects, installations, ready-mades, paintings, prints, drawings, sketches, and many practical objects, as well as those that are not easily classified as artefacts but will perhaps be transformed into such with some future gesture of the artist. The oldest exhibits date from the late 1940s, from the time when Kožarić graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. The youngest are of a very recent date, even from the time after the acquisition of the studio.

The studio at 12 Medulićeva Street will be in the process of museological documentation until the Museum has moved to the new building, where the entire content will be presented in a separate space, between the permanent collection and occasional exhibitions. The studio itself should function in that in-between zone, with occasional changes in its collection, brought about by the artist himself or as a result of actualizing certain segments of his work. Thus, the aim will be to preserve not only the material objects, but also the atmosphere of continual energy flow as the best features of that typical "Fluxian", whose creative work has made a strong impact on Croatian contemporary art.

Manager: Iva Radmila Janković, Curator

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