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ARCHIVE · 2004

Six Rooms (paintings, installations)
Curated by Antun Maračić 
23. 10. - 21. 11. 2004.

Tina Gverović is a young Dubrovnik artist (born 1975) with an international importance and experience, the winner of numbers of national and foreign awards. After graduating in painting at Zagreb's Academy of Fine Arts, in 1997, Tina Gverović continued with post-graduate work at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, and had sabbaticals in a number of different European countries. Currently Tina Gverović divides her time between London and Zagreb.

Her painting is a specific citational model in which figurative expression is used for the creation of scenes recalling the theatrical stage. Although exhibiting a superior craft skill, the canvases do not insist on any demonstration of technique or on restricting themselves to sheer virtuosity; rather they are used to give pastiches of the history of art, and, at the same time, to create poetic performances. As well as in painting, and keeping to the same line of thinking, Tina Gverović expresses herself in contemporary media, making use of electronics, sound, light and video…

The exhibition of her works is a continuation of the programme segment of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik that presents talented young Dubrovnik artists, spurring them also to new advances in their work. 

A Retrospective
Curated by Nena Dimitrijević and Antun Maračić
June 26 to September 19, 2004

As early as his first appearances in Zagreb in 1968, when he started off with the practice of conceptual art, that is, art in which the thinking and the idea are dominant and material, media and stylistic dogma are secondary, Dimitrijević brought chance into the process of the creation of the work. That is, he introduced the contribution of anonymous persons into the sphere of art. Renouncing in his revolutionary fervour the status of art with all the afflatus that it entails, he satisfied himself with the status of midwife, arranger, the role of one who organises the conditions for the creation of the work. Thinking of the urban exteriors (the streets, passages, entrances) as his studio and gallery, Dimitrijević expanded the concept of art and the place at which it could be created, presented and diffused. His institution of the casual passer-by, established in 1969, is an expression of radical scepticism, as well as belief in the possibility of the symbolic adjustment of the historical injustice or error, the act of celebrating chance as a higher, mysterious form of the laws of the universe.
The casual passer-by, in the shape of picture in the papers, in exhibition catalogues, as enormously blown-up photo on the façade of a city building, a bust in a park or a museum, in the character of a fully equal alternate to a monument to some famous figure of history, as the hero for whom receptions and dinners are put on - became disturbing noise in the communications channel, a disturbance in social systems, which it thus effectively called into question. An identical principle of the erosion of the conventionally existing hierarchy of values, with statements or claims that accompanied installations or the endorsement of previously anonymous entities (This could be a place of historical importance or This could be a masterpiece) is applied by Dimitrijević to places, dates and everyday objects.


The Filip Trade Collection of Contemporary Art
Curated by Antun Maračić and Tomislav Kličko
22. 5. - 12. 6. 2004.

An exhibition of works of modern and contemporary art, including artists ever since the 1950s. Over 150 works by 45 artists were on show. Among others these included: Aleksandar Srnec, Vlado Kristl, Ivo Gattin, Marijan Jevšovar, Julije Knifer, Braco Dimitrijević, Goran Trbuljak, Edita Schubert, Boris Demur, Igor Rončević, Boris Cvjetanović, Matko Vekić, Ivana Franke, David Maljković, Paulina Jazvić and Kristijan Kožul. 
In continuous development since 1992, and reaching the sum total of some 300 works of art, the Filip Trade Collection has become one of the most numerous and, more importantly, systematically created collections of Croatian art. The collection, as is very well seen at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik exhibition, is a good cross-section of contemporary Croatian art, in which some of the works are peaks of post-war work in art. The owner Tomislav Kličko's energy and the pleasure he takes in works of art, aided by the professional advice of several art historians (Zvonko Maković, Leonida Kovač and Krešimir Purgar) have created a serious collection that is developing very much in key with the times.

Panel of Judges: Tonko Maroević, Zvonimir Mrkonjić, Igor Zidić
April 16 to May 9, 2004

This exhibition took as its goal the presentation of the current state of affairs in the plastic arts, primarily in painting and sculpture, in the area of Dubrovnik and its surrounding region. The art audience was given an insight into current local happenings in art, and the artists in turn need the exposure to give them verification of their work. It is particularly important that there was judging in the exhibition, as is the fact that the members were the distinguished Croatian art critics and historians Tonko Maroević, Zvonimir Mrkonjić and Igor Zidić whose highly relevant evaluations combined the necessary distance and at the same time a familiarity with the Dubrovnik art scene.

January 1 to March 14, 2004

At this exhibition we take a farewell look at works that are soon to be part of the permanent display in the renovated Bukovac House in Cavtat. There are almost seventy paintings from different periods of Vlaho Bukovac's work, from his early youth to practically his last days, self-portraits, portraits, nudes, figural compositions, landscapes with metaphorical or symbolist scenes...The works of Bukovac's daughters Ivanka and Jelica, granddaughter Lele Radosavljević and Olga Solovjeva are also shown at this exhibition.
All these works were evacuated from Cavtat to Dubrovnik in 1991 at the beginning of the Homeland War in Croatia.