31/01 - 20/04/2020
MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORAY ART, RIJEKA
On Friday, 31 January, day before the official beginning of Rijeka 2020 – the European Capital of Culture, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is opening the first ECC exhibition – With the Collection by David Maljković.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Dora Budor, Niko Mihaljević, Nora Turato, Petra Mrša, Radio Roža, Damir Čargonja Čarli, Branko Cerovac, Klas Grdić, Igor Rukavina, Žarko Violić, Theodor de Canziani, WHW Academy, Werkplaats Typografie and the Academy of Applied Arts Rijeka.
With the collection is an open-ended exhibition based on a series of collaborations that would take place on different locations at different times. It centers on Maljković’s extraordinary site-specific intervention which, in an unconventional way, represents the MMSU’s collection. Even though the Museum was founded in back 1948, its collection has never been presented in the form of permanent display, mostly because of the lack of spatial resources. Therefore, in Maljković’s spatial reconfiguration, the Museum’s collection becomes present, it receives a new face, and each of its works becomes more than just an artefact, acquiring a fresh meaning and a renewed social relevance. While building the relationship with the collection, Maljković rejects taxonomies and linear narratives. Instead, he applies his own recognizable artistic methods: he creates a collage of the existing artefacts and plays with the ways we perceive and experience exhibitions. .
Beside presenting the MMSU’s collection, the author will introduce three young artists into this interaction. Dora Budor will do an art intervention on the MMSU’s building, entitled “There’s something terrible about reality and I do not know what it is. No one will tell me“. The intervention is a follow-up on the work she presented as part of exhibition Casa Tomada in Mexico City in 2018. In his “Museum of the Crystal Skull”, Niko Mihaljević, motivated by the phenomenon of pop-cultural exploitation of crystal skulls, examines the transition of mythological narratives into popular culture. At the end of March, Amsterdam-based artist Nora Turato will offer her interpretation of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić’s collection in Ružić Villa, in collaboration with Theodor de Canziani, the collection’s guardian.
Another important part of the exhibition is the collaboration with graphic design and visual communications masters program, Werkplaats Typografie – WT, Holland, whose visual identity was created by its students. At the end of March, Werkplaats Typografie will also take part in a workshop organized by WHW Academy and several graduates and students of the Rijeka Academy of Applied Arts, with Petra Mrša as mentor. Their works, inspired by the MMSU’s collection, will form an integral part of Maljković’s With the Collection.
The exhibition closes on 20 April 2020.
Curator of the exhibition is Ivana Meštrov while the curator’s assistant is Katerina Jovanović.