press release

On 1 July the Kröller-Müller Museum will open the exhibition Living Art – On the Edge of Europe, which focuses on several pioneers of contemporary Eastern European art.

The exhibition includes works by Attila Csernik, Katalin Ladik, Slavko Matkovic and Bálint Szombathy from the Bosch + Bosch groep (YU); Stano Filko (SK); Marijan Jevsovar, Julije Knifer, Ivan Kozaric, Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos and Josip Vanista from the Gorgona group (HR); Edward Krasinski (PL); Nasko Kriznar, Milenko Matanovic, David Nez, Marko Pogacnik and Andraz Salamun from the OHO group (SI) and Goran Trbuljak (HR). These artists made important and progressive works in the 1960s and 1970s that exhibit parallels with the works made in Western Europe in the same period and that also supplement them in important ways. In both regions in this period artists were preoccupied more with process than with an end product, working in forms such as performance, conceptual art and Land Art. However, whilst in Western Europe these practices were seen as new developments within the existing artistic climate, in Eastern Europe they were stamped as unofficial art.

Living Art – On the Edge of Europe aims to give centre stage to those artists who have not received the artistic recognition they deserve because for too long they had no access to the international art scene (or market). Due to political circumstances they were sidelined from the international artistic canon, but are now once again ready to take up a central position.

The relevance of the ideas of Eastern European art of the 1960s and 1970s will be shown through installations, publications, films, photographs and reconstructions of performances and site-specific works, which focus on the ‘dematerialisation of the object’ and ‘art and society’, in which society represents an all-encompassing concept of life.

The exhibition has been curated by Nathalie Zonnenberg. It is accompanied by a catalogue containing documentation on the works, essays about the various artists and background articles, including contributions by Vít Havránek, Lukasz Ronduda, Branka Stipancic, Biljana Tomic and Nathalie Zonnenberg. Nathalie Zonnenberg and some of the artists are available for interviews.

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Living Art on the Edge of Europe
Kurator: Nathalie Zonnenberg

mit Bosch & Bosch Group (Attila Csernik, Katalin Ladik, Slavko Matkovic, Balint Szombathy), Stano Filko; Gorgona Group  (Marijan Jevsovar, Julije Knifer, Ivan Kozaric, Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos, Josip Vanista) , Edward Krasinski, OHO  (Nasko Kriznar, Milenko Matanovic, David Nez, Marko Pogacnik, Andraz Salamun), Goran Trbuljak