31/01 – 20/04 2020
Participants of the Academy of Applied Arts: Elena Apostolovski, Kristina Čehulić, Klara Dujmović, Katarina Kožul, Petra Patafta, Marina Rajšić, and Ela Štefanac
Participants of Werkplaats Typografie: Darío Dezfuli, Frédérique Gagnon, Miron Galić, Nicha Keeratiphanthawong, Michelle Lin, Gerardo Madera, Jannete Mark, Tabea Nixdorff, Hannah Sakai, Maria Smit and Michiel Terpelle
Mentors and coordinators: Anniek Brattinga, Ana Dević, Katerina Jovanović, Ana Kovačić, David Maljković, Ivana Meštrov, Armand Mevis, Petra Mrša, Kate Sutton, Jelena Androić, Iva Brižan and Marina Tkalčić
Establishing a dialogue with the collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU) in Rijeka, David Maljković’s exhibition With the Collection, curated by Ivana Meštrov, is conceived as an open-ended process involving a series of collaborations as an integral part of the project, which unfolds across different locations and at different times.
With the Collection centers on Maljković’s site-specific intervention that, in an unconventional way, represents the MMSU’s collection and initiates a series of exhibitions and interventions (exhibitions by Dora Budor, Niko Mihaljević, Nora Turato; collaboration with WHW Akademija, Werkplaats Typografie, and the Academy of Applied Arts), various projects (by Damir Čargonja Čarli, Branko Cerovac, Klas Grdić, Igor Rukavina, Žarko Violić, Theodor de Canziani), and radio broadcasts (by Radio Roža).
In building this relationship with the collection, which has never been presented in the form of a permanent display, Maljković rejects taxonomies and linear narratives. Instead, he applies his own recognizable artistic methods: he has created a collage of the existing artifacts and played with the ways we perceive and experience exhibitions. This spatial reconfiguration of MMSU’s collection questions the values and social responsibilities constructed inside and outside the museum walls, among the artworks, and through the public programs.
Due to the impossibility of a physical encounter under the current crisis, the participants of WHW Akademija, Werkplaats Typografie, and the Academy of Applied Arts Rijeka have used digital tools to intervene in the museum collection and Maljković´s exhibition. In doing so, they have reflected on conditions of artistic production, notions of the museum and the collection, and concepts of authorship, visibility, and power relations. Some of the contributions also gone beyond the collection and looked into the history of the building itself, researching its context as a former sugar cane factory and later the Rikard Benčić tobacco factory.
Online contributions by the artists of WHW Akademija: