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Please Join Us! Multimedia performance by Gorgona Nova / Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Talk programs | 20.12.2018

Please Join Us!

Multimedia performance by art group Gorgona Nova

Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (Ušće 10)
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, December 20th at 8.p.m the Museum of Contemporary art is hosting the art group from Zagreb, Gorgona Nova with their performance “Please Join Us!”. This multimedia performance incorporates film, guitar rock noise and texts from the 1960s that belong to the legendary art group Gorgona. The performance “Please Join Us!” reflects Gorgona’s ironic spirit, a mixture of innocuous humour, grotesque and absurdity.

Created as an homage to Gorgona’s avant-garde spirit, the performance aims to familiarise the audience with the thoughts, ideas, atmosphere and of course the infallible humour of the Gorgona group – the famous art group from Zagreb that was active between 1959 and 1966. The performance brings together contemporary and popular culture in order to “reincarnate” Gorgona’s ideas and spirit. Through the use of Gorgona’s quotes and artworks, the group honours and builds upon the ideas of the greatest local and international artists. Gorgona’s members were painters Josip Vaništa (1924-2017), Julije Knifer (1924-2000), Marijan Jevšovar (1922-1998), Đuro Seder (1927), sculptor Ivan Kožarić (1921), architect Miljenko Horvat (1935-2012), art critic and art historian Radoslav Putar (1929-1994), Matko Meštrović (1933) and Dimitrije Bašićević (1921-1987), who later became known by the pseudonym Mangelos. The group also had numerous informal members as well as supporters and friends.

Gorgona’s first public showing was in 1961 with the publishing of the anti-magazine Gorgona that was signed by Josip Vaništa. In total there were eleven editions of Gorgona, all of which stand in their own right as independent artworks. Some of the featured authors were Marijan Jevšovar, Victor Vasarely , Ivan Kožarić, Harold Pinter and Dieter Roth. In addition to the magazine, Gorgona’s activities included social gatherings, spontaneous long walks around the city and its outskirts where they discussed matters of daily life, and special walks and activities they named ‘the inspection of the seasons’. They would discuss books, but never art or professional matters. They also exchanged monthly letters which the called “thoughts of the month”, and even sent each other homework and questionnaires to fill out. In 1961 they began organizing solo and group exhibitions in Studio G, a workshop used for framing paintings. They also worked on realizing other artistic projects and concepts. Gorgona is a proto-Conceptual art group and their artistic practice holds an important place in the context of Yugoslav and international Neo avant-gardes.

The members of the art group Gorgona Nova are Julije Jevsch Kostelnik (texts, vocals) Marijan Knif Arlović (guitar), Jo Koz Ibrić (violin, mandolin), Mat Van Tocilj (keyboard), Rad Hor Pucekocić (tone, sound, effects). Gorgona Nova was founded in 2009 on the 50th anniversary of the Gorgona art group. Gorgona Nova spent their first two years working and acting in complete secrecy, preparing their performance „Gorgon within a Gorgon“ that was first debuted at the Gorgona Hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. They performed in Osjek, Rovinj, at the Josip Vaništa exhibition in Zagrev, Sarajevo, Rjeka, Ljubljana, Varaždin- Rovinj, and are planning a regional and European tour (Novi Sad, Maribor, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Vienna, Salzburg, Bremen, Brno, Dusseldorf, Budapest, London….)