• 13.04.2018. - 19.05.2018.

    Đuro Seder, Cape of Good Hope (paintings and drawings)

    Curator: Marijana Paula Ferenčić

    Đuro Seder was born in Zagreb in 1927. He graduated in Painting from the. Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Professor Antun Mejzdi in 1951. He completed a painting specialisation course led by Professor Marino Tartaglia in 1953. After graduation he worked at the magazine Jugoslavenski radio as an illustrator and a copy editor, as well as at the publishing house Panorama and at the Marketing Agency – Vjesnik between 1968 and 1981, as a graphic designer. From 1981 to 1983 he worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, from 1983 to 1987 he filled the position of Dean, while from 1987 to 1998 he worked as a tenured professor. After his retirement in 1998 he was awarded the status of professor emeritus. He has been a regular member of the Department of Fine Arts of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2000, while since 2011 he has been the head of the Croatian Academy Glyptotheque. He was a member of the art group Gorgona from 1959 to 1966. ln the 1960s and 1970s he published poetry in the magazines Razlog, Kolo, Forum and Republika, whereas in 1978 his collection of poetry Otac iz lonca (Father from the Pot) was published by Biblioteka, in Zagreb. He has been holding solo exhibitions since 1958. His works are exhibited at many national and internationalgalleries and museums, and part of private collections in Croatia and abroad.

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  • 02.03.2018. - 07.04.2018.

    Marija Ančić. Morbid Frames

    Marija Ančić is a former finalist of the Radoslav Putar Award and an artist whose work takes place at the intersection of traditional art disciplines (drawing, animation) and culture of social networks (GIF, blog, etc.). Ančić graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Split at the departments of restoration in 2005 and sculpture in 2010. She lives and works in Zagreb as an independent artist.

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    When the subject of selfhood is broached from the inevitably uncanny perspective, incessantly engulfing the subject and thus becoming its constitutive part, as Marija Ančić does it, the medium of GIF presents itself as an ideal solution. Figurative animation which implies the stylization of the real world, presupposes a subjectively “skewed” gaze. In addition, the minimal form of narration tying together the story’s beginning and end into an integral whole, thereby renouncing causality, is contingent upon the uncanny content: the inability to distinguish dream from reality, the state of security from the state of danger, and self from the other.

    Ančić’s poetics can be easily classified under the gothic genre which, among other things, possesses a trans-historic quality (it first referred to the Middle Ages, and then to the Victorian era), so it should not come as a surprise that it also found its place in the Digital era. Moreover, not only does the contemporary gothic draw on the themes and motifs that originated primarily from Victorian and Edwardian literature (during the genre’s inception), but it also democratically spreads onto all the other art forms (visual and fine arts, theatre, film, music, comics…) in which it promptly creates new forms (as is the case in postmodernism), namely in the horror genre. 

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