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Between Us – Connecting the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica, Salon of the MoCABProgramme | 31.08.2018
Connecting the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica
The Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art (14 Pariska St.)
August 31 – October 8, 2018
Opening of the exhibition is on Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m.
Curators: Una Popović (MoCAB) & Nela Tonković (CAGS)
Artists: Saša Tkačenko, Miloš Tomić, Mladen Bizumić, Nikola Savić, Žolt Kovač, Marta Jovanović, Maja Rakočević Cvijanov, Vesna Pavlović
The exhibition Between Us involves the collaboration of two institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade and Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica, which on this occasion will present only a small part from their collections of contemporary art. The idea behind this show is to promote the collaboration between institutional curators specialised in contemporary art, i.e. the republic, city and provincial institutions in possession of art collections, chiefly consisting of current art works, and thus start the networking, re-examining and valorising of not only existing collections, a particular acquisition politics, but also of the current art scene.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade was opened in 1965 as an institution programmatically oriented toward active study and timely collecting of works of contemporary art from the whole of the former Yugoslavia. The two institutions were founded at about the same time, during the 1960s, when throughout the entire Yugoslav cultural space, the network of the institutions following and collecting contemporary visual art was formed. The contemporary Gallery in Subotica was founded as the Likovni susret gallery in 1962. The gallery owes its initial name to exhibitions it organised: large Yugoslav shows of works created in then highly prominent art colonies were the very beginning of the work of the Likovni susret. The Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica also had the task to create a collection. At the onset, a highly bureaucratic solution that included the possibility for the Gallery to purchase exclusively the works created in Yugoslav art colonies was abandoned already in the course of the first decade of its work after being assessed as extremely restrictive. The city administration from the 1960s wanted to see relevant works of already established authors in the collection of the new institution that had to contribute to the city’s modernisation, whereas the colonies had increasingly less and less importance and the possibility to attract such authors. During the 1960s, the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as in the Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica, much smaller in terms of its capacity and volume, was invested considerable material resources in and this lead to the purchases of some of the anthological pieces of the day which confirmed clear and timely purchase politics of the former state i.e. the institutional reception and valorisation of the most relevant art achievements.
From its onset, the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, as a detached venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art, offered through its programme relevant insight into contemporary artistic tendencies. With the beginning of the new millennium the gallery was refurbished and adapted to meet the necessary exhibiting standards, and to this day it still hosts relevant solo and group exhibitions of local and foreign authors. The Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the unique gallery venues in the country which actively participates in the very production of works and exhibitions, thereby contributing significantly to the appreciation of the art scene and the Museum’s collection of contemporary art.
The exhibition Between Us is in fact an invitation on the part of the Salon of MoCAB to the Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica to jointly present certain acquisitions and gifts of the authors that previously exhibited or participated in solo and group shows organised by one or the other of the two institutions. The Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica is also an institution that eagerly took part in the art production, activating its exhibiting venue (the Raichl Palace built in 1904) as a residential space for artists to create site specific works – and as the result of this relationship came out some of the more recent works kept in its collection. This phase in the work of both galleries completes the story of the making and potential course of creation of their collections: they are a tangible result of the visible (and sometimes invisible) processes of collaboration with artists, thereby they represent an invaluable document on time past and present, testifying about the views on the role of art, but also on everything we found important in relation to it. As the matter of fact, the exhibition Between Us paints a picture of joint characteristics of the collections created in the most intimate contact with contemporary art scene and its actors. However, diverging they might be, this essential trait is what brings them together.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (the Salon of MoCA) presents the following works:
Miloš Tomić, Musical Dairy # 1, video, 2012
Vesna Pavlović, Looking for the Images, photoinstalation in lightbox, 2011
Marta Jovanović, It is My Body, (sculpture), coloured silicone, sponge, human hair, wigs, cotton dress, 2012
Žolt Kovač, Lunch, oil on aluminium, 2007
Žolt Kovač, Coffee in Bed, oil on aluminium, 2008
Nikola Savić, Corinthians (13: 4), Acrylic on canvas, 2008
Ivan Grubanov, Memorial Bush, oil on canvas, 2007
The Contemporary Art Gallery in Subotica presents the following works:
Mladen Bizumić, Here and Now (Subotica), Fuji archival paper, 2013
Maja Rakočević Cvijanov, A Head of Sugar, (object) sugar, glass 2004
Saša Tkačenko, Good People – Hard Times – Bad Habits, spatial installation, 2013/2018