A current and critical reading of Sanja Iveković’s work in the context of wider artistic and social events.
A current and critical reading of Sanja Iveković’s work in the context of wider artistic and social events. The exhibition of one of the most prominent contemporary Croatian artists on the international art scene today is the final event of the year of Rijeka 2020 — European Capital of Culture at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
The exhibition intersects the views of curator Ivana Bago (HR) and collaborators of various generations and research interests, about the powerful, socially relevant, media-diverse and continuous artistic work of Sanja Iveković from the 1970s. Taking Sanja Iveković’s anthology exhibition Documents 1949 — 1976 (Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb) as a starting point, as well as the author’s private documents and archive, the curatorial team proposes an up-to-date and critically oriented reading of Sanja Iveković’s work in the context of broader artistic and social developments as well as feminist interventions in the field of art history.
A presentation of Sanja Iveković’s unrealized projects, as well as a retrospective view of the artist’s video and film production, are planned as part of the exhibition. Sanja Iveković was born in Zagreb, Croatia, where she currently lives and works. She belongs to the artistic generation covered by the umbrella term “New Art Practice”, that emerged after ’68. Iveković has continuously
contested the role of art in society through a wide range of media, at the points of intersection between gender, nation and class. Her work from the 1990s deals with the collapse of socialist regimes and the consequences of the triumph of capitalism and the market economy over living conditions, particularly of women. She has participated in numerous international biennials and major exhibitions, such as the 4. Berliner Herbstsalon (2019), 38th EVA International Biennial, Limerick (2018), Documenta 8 (1987), Documenta 11 (2002), Documenta 12 (2007), Documenta 13 (2012), Documenta 14 (2017), Kiev Biennial, Kiev (2015), Artes Mundi, Cardif (2014), Istanbul Biennial (2009, 2007). Her most important solo exhibitions were located in: State of Concept, Athens (2019), DAAD Gallery, Berlin (2015), the South London Gallery/Calvert 22 (2012-2013), MUDAM, Luxembourg (2012), MAC/VAL, France (2012); MoMA, New York (2011) and the two-part exhibition at BAK, Utrecht, and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2009).