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Public Lecture by Petar Ćuković / Marina Abramović "The Cleaner" / MoCAB, Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.Talk programs | 23.12.2019
Public lecture by Petar Ćuković
Balkan Baroque – Before, Throughout and After
Museum of Contemporary Art (Ušće 10)
"Miodrag B. Protić" Hall
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
As part of the accompanying programme of the exhibition The Cleaner, Petar Ćuković will hold a lecture, summarizing the facts regarding the invitation sent to Marina Abramović to represent FR Yugoslavia at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Ćuković was the commissioner at the 47th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale, and he invited Abramović to represent Yugoslavia. The Ministry of Culture of Montenegro refused to support the work Balkan Baroque, which Abramović proposed to perform in the Yugoslavian Pavilion. Despite this decision, she performed this work at the Italian Pavilion as a part of the International Exhibition. In the end, Abramović won the Golden Lion for Balkan Baroque. In his lecture Ćuković will presents “a kind of extension of the meaning behind the term/terms Balkan-Balkanism-Balkanic”.
Ćuković’s exposition will mainly focus on the analysis of the piece Balkan Baroque, on elements of its language and the "Balkan-Baroque twist" of its meaning and its symbolism.
Petar Ćuković was born in Šavnik, Montenegro. He graduated and completed his master's degree at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade at the Department of Art History. He has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje and at the Faculty of Visual Arts in Podgorica. Ćuković was the commissioner of the national pavilion at the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2001), project director of national participation of Montenegro at the Venice Biennale (2005) and co-commissioner of national participation of Montenegro at the Venice Biennale (2011). He was the co-commissioner of the first Biennale of Contemporary Art in Konjic (2011) called Time mashinewhich was held at the central atomic shelter of former Yugoslavia. From 2015 to 2017, Ćuković was Art director of Dukley European Art Community in Budva and Kotor. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Montenegro and abroad, including the exhibition Orhideja (The Orchid) held at a former prison in Cetinje (2004) as a part of the Fifth Cetinje Biennale, and the international exhibition Transition & Transition in the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary (2014). Ćuković is the author of numerous academic articles in catalogs, monographs, anthologies and books.
The lecture is free and open to the public.