Easteuropean network of contemporary art

Recently, our work has been recognized by EastTopics, the non-profit organization from Hungary. So we eneterd on the map of institutions devoted to contemporary art culture in this part of Europe. More on https://www.easttopics.com/croatia-c1qd



Vladimir Nazor Award goes to Marko Tadić

The exhibition A gaze in wonder of young Croatian artist Marko Tadić, which was curated (curator: Klaudio Štefančić) and coproduced by Galzenica Gallery, received the Vladimir Nazor Award for the best art exhibition in Croatia in 2014. Vladimir Nazor Award is Croatian national award for the best artistic achievements in literature, music, film, visual and applied arts, theater and architecture and urbanism. Prizes are awarded as an annual award and as a lifetime achievement award. Congratulations to the award-winning artists!

Link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/galzenica/sets/72157648311585910



Inner Museum

The exhibition project the Inner Museum is based on several premises: primarily, the fact that contemporary art does not require tradition for its creation or reception and that one does not necessarily need to be well versed in art history in order to establish communication with a work of art. Contemporary art is not contemporary just because it was created in the present, but because it freely appropriates and uses non-artistic social fields (politics, economy, sports, etc.) to increase its visibility. Viewed from this perspective, a museum is not an essential stop in the roundabout of contemporary art production and reception. According to an Austrian artist and the director of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, only about 7% of all artworks created in the 20th century found their place in museum depots, thus acquiring the status of cultural heritage. Today, the situation remains much the same. It seems that art cannot do anything more but fight for the fleeting moment of (media) attention. 



35th Anniversary

This year, Galženica gallery marks its 35th anniversary. The gallery was founded in 1980 within Long-life learning center Juraj Kokot as a non-profit gallery aimed at encouraging and development of visual arts in Zagreb or, more precisely, Velika Gorica as a Zagreb municipality with an increasing number of inhabitants.

Situated in the building of the so-called Cultural centre in a newly-built housing estate, together with a cinema and a library, the gallery quickly integrated into the tradition of Zagreb culture centres that dedicated a significant portion of their activities to visual culture. Velika Gorica gained city status in 1995, so Galženica gallery became the only institution of its kind in the city.

During the 35 years of its work, more than 240 art exhibitions and other events have been organised, featuring over 300 national and foreign artists, art critics, curators and designers. In an informal periodisation or interpretation of Croatian museums and galleries, the work of Galženica gallery might be presented from various synchronic and diachronic perspectives.



Gallery, social networks and public

Web-service Posterous recently announced that will shut down at the end of April. We used Posterorus in 2010 for publishing and archiving artist's talks. 'Screen capture' photo in attachment shows that on the occasion of four exhibition we had more than 7000 Posterous hits. It is truly fascinating information, especially because the number of hits (let's say virtual visitors) exceeds the total number of visitors in physical gallery space for approximately seven to eight years.




After a short break, we begin with the program for 2012:

1. Textil{e}tronics  March 2nd - April 1st, 2012 

"From the textile to the electronic thread, from substance to fashion" - Anda Klančič, Patrizia DonaMarija Mojca Pungerčar, Josipa Štefanec

2. Youth underground press (1968-1972; Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana)   April 27th - May 27th, 2012 

"From Soviet origin to american underground"

3. Radoslav Putar award - finale  June 5th - July 8th, 2012

4. Images of the square October 5th - November 2nd, 2012

5. Eastern Surf: Kernel Panic Control November 16th - December 21st, 2012

Ana Kuzmanić, Shona Macnaughton, Martin Mrzljak, Francesca Nobilucci, Ewan Sinclair 



From the culture of design to designing culture

It seems that the traditional division between pure and applied art still bears some meaning. This flexible, but lasting line is still being drawn today, when most methods used in that distinction are no longer valid. For example, the principles of modelling are no longer sufficient to determine the artistic status of an object or product. The same can be claimed for the nature of social activism organized on the basis of a well-designed aesthetic object or event, since the political battle is more intensively being fought in the field of artistic culture. It is also more difficult to determine the artistic qualification of an object or phenomenon on the basis of intertextual connections, since the institution of art is becoming more complex and is progressively encompassing more and more cultural practices...



P&Q = Q&P

In his book Century, Alain Badiou describes the 20th century as the century determined by politics and art. On the one hand, revolutionary politics, resolved to end all the contradictions of modernity, and, on the other hand, uncompromising art, resolved to equally participate with other social practices in creating the future. What marks the 20th century, claims Badiou, is the moment in which the artistic and political project meet and intersect; at one point it seems that art has more political value and impact than politics, and that politics had more beauty than art...




In the early 1990’s, two major changes were taking place in Croatia: political and territorial independence from ex Yugoslavia and the first wave of economic globalisation. As you may know, globalisation is the economic model that, after the break up of European socialist countries, with the help of the new technologies (the Internet, mobile networks etc.), created new ways of making profit. Two opposite social processes were the consequence of that: degradation of national economies and proliferation of particular cultural identities...



Acknowledgments and Credits

Marketing experts claim there is no better promotion than self-promotion; doctors say prevention is better than cure while Christians believe that self-help comes before anyone else’s help, including God’s help.

Therefore, we would like to share some good news with you hoping it may help us in the future.

It is our great honour to proudly inform you that the exhibition New Media – New Networks has been pronounced the best exhibition of the month June on the Croatian Design Association web site (http://dizajn.hr; curator Klaudio Štefančić; designers Nina Bačun and Roberta Bratović)...



Art, Technology, Media

The Galženica Gallery dedicates the 2008 exhibition programme to the latest tendency that finds its artistic and social legitimization in exploring different forms of relationship between technology and art, known under many names such as new media or digital art. However, the focus of our interest is only on the production and presentation of those works that in the context of current transformation of the Internet from communication into a mass medium highlight new ways of networking (Web 2.0, P2P etc.) on one side and the immanent characteristic of the Internet to depend on the different databases on the other. This is especially true of World Wide Web...



Notification 3

After the summer break we are delaying the beginning of the exhibition program because we are setting up a new light infrastructure in the gallery. After 27 years with old halogen light we are setting up a new and professional ERCO light infrastructure.

Regarding a quality of a new light infrastructure we are hoping it's going to last another twenty years. At least ;)

The exhibition program which will be held till the end of the year consists of...



Visual image – a genre or the politics of representation

We decided to make some considerable changes in the year 2007. First, we will try to base future programmes on actual problems, interesting issues or phenomena, whether they are part of a narrow or wider art culture. Therefore, instead of a collection of individual exhibitions, we will organize exhibitions based on a characteristic that is mutual to all the artists presented. This year, that mutual characteristic will be the problem of the image and its representation...



Notification 2

Due to the short period during which the exhibition Device_Art 2.006 is opened, the Galženica Gallery will also be opened on Monday, October 2 from 10 to 19 h.




The city of Velika Gorica underwent early election in which the governing parties were substituted by a new coalition, which until recently constituted the city government. These events are interesting for us since the new city government determined that there is a deficit in the city treasury and decided to save money wherever possible.

Since the program of the Galženica Gallery is almost entirely financed from the city budget, the restrictions also affected us. In order to cover the deficit from the treasury, we received 30.000 kuna less and for that we had to cancel Robert Šimrak’s exhibition and significantly reduce fundings for the international exhibition Device Art. True, there is the possibility that part of that money can be recovered in the autumn amending of the budget, but that is still questionable.

Despite everything – see you!




... and welcome to the website of Gallery Galženica.

It is conceived as a kind of gallery blog – a nonlinear web-notebook – in which visitors can get information on exhibitions, artists and all past and future events connected to our work.The biggest part of the webpage is aimed towards providing basic information on the Gallery’s everyday work: its location, layout, actual and future events.

Useful information about the Gallery can also be obtained in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. Thanks to the more and more democratic culture of the Internet, you can view more photographic material from our exhibitions on the most famous place for on-line photo-management – on Flickr [http://www.flickr.com/], i.e. visit web-pages of related institutions, our associates, sponsors and friends via the bookmark service Del.icio.us [http://del.icio.us/]...