Artist on Vacation

Since 2012, the Artist on Vacation project has gathered, hosted and presented to the public a number of internationally prestigious artists who create on the legacy of historical Avant-gardes, as well as artists who continue the practice of radical art and further develop its aesthetics. In the summer months, Poreč becomes a vacation spot for international artists. In collaboration with Valamar Riviera d.d., the Institute for the Research of Avant-Garde and Marinko Sudac Collection artists are invited to spend a week at an exclusive hotel and vacation on the beautiful Istrian peninsula.

The project was created by Marinko Sudac as an extension of the activities of the Museum of Avant-Garde, the Institute for the Research of Avant-Garde and Marinko Sudac Collection. It complements the Collection’s mission, and gives affirmation to the artists in the social, cultural and artistic contexts. The mission of the Artists on Vacation project is to show the various legacies of the original Avant-Garde movement that have developed in different countries and contexts.

The entire driving force behind our project is to present the participating artists to the Croatian public. The project is an effort to connect all the activities that aim to bring together the historical Avant-Gardes and present them to the public in a direct way, outside of an institutional environment. Artists get an opportunity to meet other artists, but also theorists, art historians, and museum professionals. This exchange of ideas and influences brings about personal and artistic developments and paves way to new collaborations and projects.  Every year, there is an exclusive one day exhibition organized during the Project.

The Artist on Vacation is a unique project because it does not put any requirements on the artist. We give artists an opportunity to spend their vacation in some of the best and most beautiful environments on the Adriatic coast. There, the artists can rest, swim, eat local Croatian food, explore the city and the Croatian culture and recharge their creative energy. Being exposed to such lovely environment and having the time to relax is often inspiring to artists, and many of our participating artists had decided to turn Poreč into their unofficial studio and create new art.

Each year, at the end of the Project, a grand exhibition of works created during the Artist on Vacation project, as well as a presentation of the participating artists is organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb. The Artist on Vacation exhibition marks the start of a new exhibition season in Zagreb.

Also, a catalogue of a year’s project is produced. The catalogue contains all the information about the project, the participating artists, their stay at Poreč, their works etc. What is really interesting is that the catalogue is printed in over 100 000 copies. That makes our Artist on Vacation project catalogue the most printed museum catalogue in Croatia (and even the region).

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An Artists Workshop: The artist in post conflict societies.

June 25th 2018
10am – 16.30pm
History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

It is being undertaken as part of Art and Reconciliation, an AHRC funded research project. ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community’ is an innovative collaboration between  King’s College London, the London School of Economics and the University of the Arts in London that aims to improve our understanding of a major current and future global security challenge.

This day-long workshop will explore a number of questions about the social and political purpose of artistic production in post conflict societies, including:
• Do artists have a responsibility to create work that promotes notions of tolerance and reconciliation in the present?
• How can artists look back and critically re-interpret history in order to look forward and re-imagine a different future?
• How do artists deal with tension between producing work aimed at justice and producing work aimed at reconciliation?
Recent research into arts in the Western Balkans has noted a tendency of regional artists towards producing artworks that focus on the past and on the memorialisation of historical conflicts. The workshop will consider the role that art plays in creating dialogue and in making a space for alternative visions of the future.
The workshop will also include practical sessions for regional artists on grant writing and working with institutions, museums and galleries. This workshop will bring together regional artists, invited speakers and artists participating in the Reconciliations exhibition to be held at the Historical Museum in June 2018.

Image featured in this post – Adela Jušić, Silk lavender shirt, photo of the perfomance by Joakim Hanson, Galleri Gro, Jakobstad, Finland, 2015
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The Sarajevo Storage

Collection of Pierre Courtin
June 14th – July 9th
Opening June 14th at 20.00
National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Started in 2001 in Paris, the Collection Pierre Courtin consists today of a bit more than 350 pieces representing the work of about 200 artists, young and established ones coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans and elsewhere. Half of this collection is currently stocked in Paris. Some extracts of the collection have been presented in Grenoble OUI art center in 2009, in Chicoutimi Bang art center in 2012 and on many occasions set at the Duplex100m2 Gallery.

The exhibition inside the National Gallery of Bosnia & Herzegovina in June 2018, « Sarajevo Storage – Collection Pierre Courtin » present art works and objets kept in the depot in Sarajevo and essentially presents the works obtained within these five last years spent in Sarajevo. There can be found works testifying an affiliation or particular attachment to Bosnian capital, contemporary local scene, and a strong link with a history of Duplex100m2.

The exhibition is supported by the Agnès b Fondation, the Superstrat N.G.O , the Warm Sarajevo festival, the French Institute in Sarajevo and the National Gallery of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Special thanks to Lucia Gigli, Jean-François Daoulas, Andrej Ðerković, Nina Knežević.

ART WORKS: Gordana Anđelić-Galić ; Martin Argyroglo ; Enki Bilal ; Eloïse Bollack ; Stéphane Bonjour ; Julien Boily ; Mathieu Boisadan ; Igor Bošnjak ; Kurt Van Brijs ; Lana Čmajčanin ; Lejla Čmajčanin ; Enrico Dagnino ; Dante Buu ; Baptiste Debombourg ; Andrej Ðerković ; diSTRUKTURA ; Elvis Dolić ; Goran Dragaš ; Dženat Dreković ; Alma Gačanin ; Ziyah Gafić ; Going Blind ; Jusuf Hadžifejzović ; Trio – Bojan Hadžihalilović & Dada Hadžihalilović ; Dženan Hadžihasanović ; Anur Hadžiomerspahić ; Nela Hasanbegović ; Ibro Hasanović ; Ivan Hrkaš ; Mak Hubjer ; Louis Jammes ; Taida Jašarević ; Kasja Jerlagić ; Sanjin Jukić ; Adela Jušić ; Andy Kania ; Šejla Kamerić ; Nina Komel ; Milomir Kovačević ; Aleksandra Nina Knežević ; Smirna Kulenović; Kosta Kulundžić ; MARS, Fred Landois ; Camille Laurelli ; Alexandre Leroy ; Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout ; Aleksandra Lopatić ; LPLT ; Miodrag Manojlović ; Mariane Marić ; Jim Marshall ; Karine Maussière ; Vladimir Miladinović ; Mladen Miljanović ; Radenko Milak ; Nicolas Mingasson ; Hector Morić ; Malcolm McClay ; Bruce Nauman ; Thomas Nolf ; Nika Oblak & Primoz Novak ; Damir Nikšić ; Edo Numankadić ; Emir Osmić ; Renata Papišta ; Daniel Premec ; Nihad Nino Pušija ; Damir Radović ; Lala Raščić ; Maja Ružnić ; Damir Šagolj ; Selma Selman ; Nebojša Šerić-Shoba ; Irena Sladoje ; Bojan Stojčić ; Alma Suljević ; Selman Trtovac ; Unknown Autor ; Roman Uranjek ; Mathieu Valade ; Edo Vejselović ; Jean-Luc Verna ; Moren Vogel ; Dragan Vojvodić; Nardina Zubanović ; Enes Zuljević

RELICS & OBJECTS & INDEFINABLES THINGS: Marina Abramović ; Saâdane Afif ; Alexis Argyroglo ; Ambrosia ; Andreas B ; Szombathy Bálint ; Basserode ; Taysir Batniji ; Viktor Bernik ; Joseph Beuys ; Christiana Biron ; Spartacus Chetwynd ; Daniel Clapp ; Clôde Coulpier ; Enrico Dagnino ; Stéphane Déplan ; Adela Jušić & Danijela Dugandžić ; David Cousinard & Sarah Fauguet ; Robert Filliou ; Gilbert & George ; Gaëlle Le Guillou ; Jusuf Hadžifejzović ; Zlatan Hadžifejzović ; Ibro Hasanović ; Jonathan Horowitz ; Kurt & Plasto ; Laura Kuusk ; Laibach ; Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout ; Camille Laurelli ; Hubert Marcelly ; Jonathan Monk ; Damir Nikšić ; NSK ; Eléonore Pano-Zavaroni ; Daniel Premec ; Damir Radović ; Gérard Rondeau ; Mathias Roth ; SCCA ; Richard Serra ; Andres Serrano ; Dario Smentisco ; Robert Smithson ; Dajan Spirić ; Selman Trtovac ; Unknown Author ; Ulay / Uwe Laysiepen ; Roman Uranjek ; Dahn Vô ; Milorad Vušanin Cujo; Yoko Ono

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Image on the top: Adela Jušić, If needed, we are all soldiers, Book interventions, Sutjeska 1943-73, Photomonography, published by Monos, Belgrade, 1973, mixed media, series 1, 2017. Work is part of collection of Pierre Courtin.
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Women‘s Antifascist Front – Kaja Kraner

In her work, Jušić has critically addressed the WAF heritage and its position; despite the fact that WAF was the largest women’s organization in SFRY and that, in the period of war mobilization, it received significant political support and promises to implement a process of systematically solving the issue of women’s inequality, life after the war quickly returned back to its settled (patriarchal) ways and the question of “women’s rights” was (again) marginalized.

Link to catalog (English and Slovenian language) in PDF
Guestroom, Maribor, Slovenia
Publisher: Pekarna Magdalenske mreže Maribor
Editor: Lucija Smodiš
Print run: 135 copies
ISSN 2463-8587
December, 2017

Photo, Adela Jušić
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Commission of Artwork for Art & Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community

Bedtime Stories in collaboration with Lana Čmajčanin was commissioned for Art & Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community research project, launched by History Museum of Bosnia Herzegovina, in collaboration with the University of Arts in London. The commission will be undertaken during the period February to May 2018, with the intention of exhibiting the final artwork in the Museum for public viewing from the end of June 2018. It will be exhibited in June at the Historical Museum of Bosnia Herzegovina at the end of June 2018, and in London in November/December 2018 as part of a larger exhibition of works from the whole Art and Reconciliation project.

Art and Reconciliation is an innovative and collaborative inter-disciplinary research project involving King’s College London (War Studies), the London School of Economics (Government) and the University of the Arts in London (London College of Communication) [Project Team] and non-academic collaborators in its design, production and delivery, commissioning artists in a variety of media to create and develop practices and artefacts.

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Modern And Contemporary Art In Sarajevo


Earlier this year in September, I spent many days in Sarajevo. Whilst exploring the city I made sure that I set aside a decent portion of time to investigate and discover some of the city’s art. The first place I visited was a cultural centre called the Bosniak Institute. When I visited one Saturday afternoon, there were not many visitors, which was a shame as it has so much to offer and the entrance fee is only a few KMs. One wing of the institute over a few floors consists of a permanent collection of paintings from different decades of the 20th century by Bosnian artists. There is a street painting of a corner of the historic Ottoman style Baščarsija district of the city dating back to 1920 by an artist called Doko Mazalić. Elsewhere there are two Expressionist style paintings from the mid 1950s by the artist Rizah Stetić…

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Symposium: Gender Woodstock – Feminist Art Practices

November 17th
Frei_raum exhibition space, Museums Quartier, Vienna

Symposium: Gender Woodstock – Feminist Art Practices with Katrin Hornek, Hana Janečková, Adela Jušić, Tereza Stejskalová, Johanna Tinzl, Lucia Tkačova, Raluca Voinea.

After the US presidential election, the Women’s March on Washington in the winter of 2017 brought thousands out onto the streets to protest against racism and misogyny. Solidarity marches in numerous other cities and countries followed. Pink pussyhats became the global symbol of the protesters, whose position is anchored in the feminist women’s movement and in queer activism.
These handmade hats recalled the colourful balaclavas worn by the members of Pussy Riot, the punk band critical of the Russian government. Their ‘punk prayer’ action in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral was a protest against the Russian Orthodox Church’s demand for a ban on abortion, among other things. It gained the group world-wide attention as three members were arrested. The arrests triggered a global wave of solidarity. Femen, the activist group founded in Kiev, also uses its attention-grabbing topless actions to mark its feminist position and sees itself as a new global women’s movement. These three examples show that feminist protest actions are topical, globally networked and carried out as or influenced by artistic practices.

Essential impulses for this event are the Manifesto For The Gynecene by Raluca Voinea and Alexandra Pirici; the Feminist (Art) Institution, a series of lectures and seminars initiated by Tereza Stejskalová; Adela Jušić‘s artistic research into the role of the women partisans; the collective practice of artist duo Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkácová, and the Series of artist talks on shared necessities organised by Katrin Hornek and Johanna Tinzl in the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) in Vienna.

Programme and Participants:
15:00 Welcome and Introduction by Christiane Erharter, curator, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna (host)
15:30-16:00 Presentation 1: Tereza Stejskalova and Hana Janečková, curators, Prague, initiators of Feminist (Art) Institution
16:00-16:30 Presentation 2: Katrin Hornek and Johanna Tinzl, artists, Vienna, initiators of There are some things we need to talk about: A Series Of Artist Talks On Shared Necessities
16:45-17:15 Presentation 3: Adela Jušić, artist, Sarajevo, Here Come the Women
17:15-17:45 Presentation 4: Lucia Tkačova, artist, Bratislava
18:15-5-18:45 Presentation 5: Raluca Voinea, curator, Bucharest, co-author of Manifesto For The Gynecene
19:00-20:00 Panel discussion with all participants

The event is organized as part of the exhibition “Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange”

In English
Admission free

The symposium is part of the programme of the Vienna Art Week 2017.