27.01.2019 - 27.01.2019 / Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb

START'19 is an international celebration of contemporary sculpture organized by sculpture network, this year’s manifestation will include over 70 locations in more than 20 European countries. The central theme of the event is the relationship between three-dimensional art and society.

Croatia is joining the international community of sculpture and three-dimensional art enthusiasts for the third year in a row and the program will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. The focus of the START'19 program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb is meeting and getting to know artists and people interested in three-dimensional art. It is also a chance to explore artists' portfolios and catalogues. The round table and specialized tours will be focused on a phenomenon of contemporary society which experts refer to as a society hungry for touch. The increasing presence of visual content and the inability to communicate by touch and achieve actual physical presence leads to alienation and being out of touch with society and the environment. The program will include mindful physical and tactile experiences of artworks in the permanent display, guided tours by curators with an emphasis on Carsten Höller's Double slide, the Ivan Kožarić Studio, the exhibition by Catalan artist Pep Vidal and the multisensory exhibition Josef and Anni Albers: Voyage Inside A Blind Experience. The program will include workshops for the public, a round table discussion with experts from the field of interdisciplinary social sciences and documentary film screenings about Croatian sculptors in the Gorgona hall.


11 a.m. Presentation of the European network Sculpture Network, welcome video, live photo wall

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Showroomof catalogues and portfolios of artists and organizations dedicated to representing and promoting three-dimensional art, meet and greet

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Round table discussion with experts from the field of interdisciplinary social sciences on the topic of a society hungry for touch

At the round table discussion, sculptor Marina Bauer will talk to guests about the importance of touch and physical experience in everyday life as well as the lack of touch in contemporary society. Guests will address the role and importance of touch in our overall development and its influence on psychological and cognitive processes and health. The panel will reflect on the role of physical perception and touch in creativity and the experience of artworks in the field of sculpture and three-dimensional art. It will also discuss the possible expanded role and importance of sculpture within a society hungry for touch.

The wide variety of themes will include the role of the body in perceiving and creating reality, somatic thinking and memory, the role of mirror neurons in kinesthetic empathy, attachment theory in developmental psychology and the way that reduced movement, reduced perception and the limitation of touch shape us in life.


Josipa Bubaš, art historian and performer

Jasminka Sabol Mužinić, psychologist

Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović, dancer and dance educator

dr. sc. Iva Šverko, psychologist

Milan Todorović, physiotherapist


2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Specialized guided tours by curators and artists with an emphasis on physical and tactile experience

Collections in Motion, Studio Kožarićand sculptures in the outdoor space of the Museum

Collections in Motion, 1stfloor:Studio Kožarić – Laboratory for revival „Pep Vidal: Pi / π“


4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

MSU Gallery:Josef and Anni Albers – Voyage Inside A Blind Experience


1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sculpture workshops for the public


There will be four parallel workshops held by experienced sculptors Hana Lukas Midžić and Melita Omeragić. The emphasis will be on tactile experience and creating unusual forms from everyday material. The participants will get the chance to produce their own artworks.

The workshops are suitable for all ages, including adults, while participants under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.


5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Documentary film screenings about Croatian sculptors: Vojin Bakić, Zlatko Bourek, Dušan Džamonja, Ivan Kožarić, Gorgona hall

All programs are free of charge. Entrance into the permanent display Collections in Motion is available with a purchased ticket.


Nataša Ivančević, chief curator and deputy director of MSU

Marina Bauer, sculptor and coordinator for sculpture network Croatia