Art Always Has Its Consequences final exhibition

Subversive film festival

As the result of years of collaborative practice, the exhibition “Art Always Has Its Consequences” is based on the temporary and current constellation of ongoing researches trying to draw parallels and define touching points of different related practices, and despite the accent on art production from Eastern Europe, in no sense is there any ambition to offer a homogenising picture of the “Eastern European” art of the last few decades, nor to yield to statistics as a policy of presentation.

The title “Art Always Has Its Consequences” is taken from the conceptual text of Mladen Stilinović “Footwriting” from 1984, and refers to research of the relationship which art has with reality, but also to the equal importance of internal, intrinsically art procedures by which art is repeatedly “limited” to the field of art. The exhibition is being held at the Kulmer Palace on Katarinski Square in Zagreb, and the presented art works and investigations are confronted with the material and ideological memory of the building itself, which for years served as the main space of the Gallery of Contemporary Art, later renamed to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition confronts contemporary approaches with the strategies used in the past, inviting the reading of the presented works in relation to the questions of the role and responsibility of art institutions, the way in which they are positioned towards the economic and ideological circumstances and the way in which they contribute to the forming of cultural influences and hegemonisation of certain norms.

The exhibition “Art Always Has Its Consequences” opens on 8 May, on the Day of the Liberation of Zagreb in 1945. Today, at a time of epoch-making realignment in relation to the Second World War and the tendency of equating Nazism and Communism under the general term “totalitarianism”, this choice of date is dedicated to the emancipatory sequence of the National Liberation Struggle as the basic point of reference from which we can look into the future.

A publication documenting the project will be published in August 2010.

The exhibition has been realized in collaboration with third Subversive Film Festival, whose theme this year is Socialism and is held in Zagreb from 1 to 25 May 2010.

Creativity exercises (Miklós Erdély and Dóra Maurer), Goran Đorđević, Miklós Erdély, Andreas Fogarasi, Guerilla Art Action Group, Tibor Hajas, Sanja Iveković, David Maljković, Dimitrije BašičevićMangelos, Vlado Martek, Piet Mondrian, Ciprian Mureşan, Deimantas Narkevičius, Andreja Kulunčić, Novi Kolektivizam, Andrzej Partum, Gyula Pauer, Tomo Savić - Gecan, Mladen Stilinović, Sean Snyder, Tamás St.Auby, Bálint Szombathy, Milan Trenc, Ultra-red


“As soon as I open my eyes, I see a film (cinema clubs and the Genre Film Festival/GEFF)” / Ana Janevski (Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej in Warsaw)

Didactic Exhibition: Abstract Art

Ideology of Design: Fragments on History of Yugoslav Design

Symposium Wroclaw ’70
Curators: Dóra Hegyi and Zsuzsa László (tranzit. hu), Magdalena Ziolkowska and Katarzyna Sloboda (Muzeum Sztuki Lodz),; and What, How & for Whom/WHW

8 May – 2 June 2010

Opening: Saturday, 8th of May, 12 pm

Former building of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Katarinski trg 2 & Galerija Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb, Croatia

Opening hours:

Tuesdays – Saturdays
12.00 – 20.00
11.00 – 14.00

External Links
Art Always Has Its Consequences
Subversive Film Festival