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It happened tomorrow, Salon of MoCABProgramme | 09.11.2016
It happened tomorrow
The Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art (14 Pariska St., Belgrade)
November 9 until December 4, 2016. (The exhibition opening will take place on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m.
Exhibition curator: Una Popović, a curator of the Salon of the MoCAB.
Artists: Jacek Malinowski, Agnieszka Polska, Karolina Breguła, Assaf Gruber, and Dušan Otašević.
Friday, November 11, at 6 p.m: presenting works and a conversation with the artists Jacek Malinowski and Assaf Gruber.
The conversation will be moderated by Magda Kardaš, a curator of Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, and Una Popović.
The international exhibition entitled It Happened Tomorrow is a result of the collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. This collaboration includes the realisation of two exhibitions, the first one in the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the second one in the exhibiting space of Zachęta Gallery (Zachęta Project Room / Miejsce Projektów Zachęty) that will take place in the course of the following year. The two exhibitions differ conceptually and are centred around the curatorial exploration of foreign art scene as well as the discerning of artistic and productive peculiarities.
The exhibition It Happened Tomorrow aims at representing an art fiction, a possible illogical deviation within an event, i.e. a fiction with basically realistic narration and appearance, as stressed in the linguistic syntax of the title itself. The selection of works tends to offer an interpretation of a genre such as the pseudo-document in art. In an entertaining and intriguing manner the works on display are concerned with the studies of the documentary, they interrogate the differences between the real and the semblance of the real, incorporating conceptual procedures and personal imagination in specific spatial and temporal narratives. Aside form the stories they are supposed to convey, stories on people, cities, spaces, also in focus is the performance, the stylistic and visual language the artists make use of to evoke the real―from a complex film, to home video, animation and real object.
Alongside Polish artists, to a great extent productive in the medium of film and involved in complex artistic works that could be described also as multi-tiered orchestrations of diverse elements and meanings (Agnieszka Polska, Karolina Breguła, Jacek Malinowski), and a German author, Assaf Gruber, this exhibition will spotlight the well known domestic author Dušan Otašević, with the objects from his series on the fictional character Ilija Dimić. The unique concept behind Ilija Dimić, “a genius and an ideal artist”, his colourful biography is compiled jointly by Dušan Otašević and Branko Vučićević, the latter a distinguished film theorist, critic and screenwriter. Materialised and “reconstructed” object created by Ilija Dimić, inspired by the rhetorics of the past and various avant-garde styles, among other, subtly permeate and embody the subject in focus in the most of the exhibited film works. The subject matter the exhibited works are concerned with, among other, are the questions of artistic production, history of art, position of the artist, cultural politics and institutional involvement.
The narrative video-works by Jacek Malinowski, the complex fictions on contemporary social and political issues, abide by general rules of documentary film, such as objectivism or emotional restrain, playing a game with their spectators, often confusing them. In her work Correction Exercises, Agnieszka Polska uses photos taken from old medical books and „sets in motion“ these archival materials, making an animation film which, by virtue of its low resolution and a slight blurriness, assumes the semblance of an old documentary. The staged documentary by Karolina Breguła, Fire Followers, tells the tale about a series of fires that happened in a North European city, and a group of respectable art historians convinced that regular devastating fires destroying museum collections are in fact helping young artists to make progress in their work. Assaf Gruber is presented by the work The Right (2015) which, as a part of a complex project The Anonimity of the Night, delves into the questions of art and its institutions.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful to all of the artists, and also the Trajković Collection, for the works they kindly borrowed.
Our partner in this project: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.