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The exhibition First Person Singular deals with issues of the self-presentation of the physical, emotional, social and cultural “I” in the context of contemporary Croatian art, covering the period since 1960. In this period the question of identity, as well as of its multi-layeredness and transformations, has appeared as one of the crucial topics.

In the last decades first-person speech has received privileged attention in literary theory, and after the abandonment of the modernist practice of impersonal and neutral speech, a similar thing occurred in the visual arts. From the 60s on, when artists, resisting middle-class stereotypes of taste and commercialisation, started using their own live body, self-presentation ceased to be a mere matter of the imitation of reality, that is, of mimesis. Visual language has been enriched with traces of narration, with the introduction of the temporal dimension, with the assumption of elements from other genres (such as diaries, autobiographical film and literary elements), transferring with sounds, with written or uttered words and images the experience of reality through the prism of personal vision. The media that are used, apart from the sculpture and painting of tradition, are photography, film, video, computer simulations and all contemporary technological means that the artist considers appropriate to his or her manner of expression or poetics. The topic of artistic speech in the first person singular is introduced with examples of the works of the following artists: Lovro Artuković, Aleksandar Battista Ilić, Iva Bašić, Marijan Crtalić, Tanja Dabo, Vlasta Delimar, Vladimir Dodig Trokut, Tomislav Gotovac, Željka Gradski Galić, Ana Hušman i Lala Raščić, Sanja Iveković, Željko Jerman, Alem Korkut, Ksenija Kordić, Ivan Kožarić, Kristina Leko, Ivica Malćić, Antun Maračić, Vlado Martek, Dalibor Martinis, Marijan Molnar, Ana Opalić, Jelena Perić, Magdalena Pederin, Jasenko Rasol, Sandra Sterle, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Slaven Tolj, Ksenija Turčić, Ivana Vučić and Vlasta Žanić.

Self-Portraits from the MMAD Collection (Pre-exhibition) Irrespective of the stylistic diversities that came hard upon each others’ heels in the period between 1875 and 1954, the approach of the self-portrait (with the exception of Dark Variations, the self-portrait of Antun Zuppa of 1938) has always been the same. The artist shows himself/herself turned full-face or semi-profile towards the mirror, in an indeterminable setting, only in rare cases with the full figure in a defines space, which is almost always that of the artist’s own studio.

In this confrontation of the self-portraits from the collection (from the time when self-representation constituted a merely sporadic part of the whole of an artist’s creative work) with contemporary models of self-representation (an equals sign being drawn at the present time between art and the artist), at very first glance it is clear that a tectonic shift at the global social level, as well as in its reflection in artistic creativity, happened in the nineteen sixties. In this pre-exhibition the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MMAD) puts on show self-portraits of the following artists from its own collection: Vlaho Bukovac, Ivanka Bukovac Javorsky, Jelica Bukovac, Nevenka Đorđević, Vilko Gecan, Sergije Glumac, Joko Knežević, Marko Murat, Jelica (Lela) Radosavljević, Tihomila Sučić, Vilim Svečnjak, Miloš Vušković and Antun Zuppa.

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With examples drawn from contemporary Croatian art since 1960
Kurator: Radmila Iva Jankovic

mit Lovro Artukovic, Aleksandar Battista Ilic, Iva Basic, Marijan Crtalic, Tanja Dabo, Vlasta Delimar, Vladimir Dodig Trokut, Tomislav Gotovac, Zeljka Gradski Galic, Ana Husman & Lala Rascic, Sanja Ivekovic, Zeljko Jerman, Alem Korkut, Ksenija Kordic, Ivan Kozaric, Kristina Leko, Ivica Malcic, Antun Maracic, Vlado Martek, Dalibor Martinis, Marijan Molnar, Ana Opalic, Jelena Peric, Magdalena Pederin, Jasenko Rasol, Sandra Sterle, Mladen Stilinovic, Sven Stilinovic, Slaven Tolj, Ksenija Turcic, Ivana Vucic, Vlasta Zanic
Vlaho Bukovac, Ivanka Bukovac Javorsky, Jelica Bukovac, Nevenka Dordevic, Vilko Gecan, Sergije Glumac, Joko Knezevic, Marko Murat, Jelica Radosavljevic, Tihomila Sucic, Vilim Svecnjak, Milos Vuskovic, Antun Zuppa