Croatian Pavilion (exhibition “Horizon of Expectations”) opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
As part of the 57th International Art Exhibition, the Croatian Pavilion and the exhibition Horizon of Expectations officially opened on 12th May, in the presence of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Nina Obuljen Koržinek. At Artiglierie of the Venetian Arsenal, numerous guests got a chance to see the works of Tina Gverović (Phantom Trade: Sea of People) and Marko Tadić (Events Meant to Be Forgotten), custom-made for this exhibition.
Opening the exhibition, the Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek stressed the importance of continuity in Croatia’s appearance at the Biennale, the oldest and internationally most visible global meeting point of artists, curators, audience, theoreticians, museum experts and critics, adding that the Ministry of Culture dedicates special attention to this project.
“We wish to present ourselves as a young country of rich creative potential. To that aim, we sort of gave a carte blanche to Branka Benčić, a curator of outstanding knowledge in contemporary scene and international renown. Her choice of artists Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić places two artistic positions in a dialogue, and their carefully balanced interrelation engendered new values and delineated new conditions and views.”
Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek also expressed her great pleasure with the inclusion of pieces by Mladen Stilinović, one of the most significant Croatian artists, in the central Biennale exhibition.
The project, envisaged as a double solo exhibition, is described in the catalogue by the exhibition curator Branka Benčić: “Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić’s exhibition is structured as a fragmentary narrative and signal of transience of the display space, connecting two artistic positions that deal with issues of uncertainty, tension or collapse, and how they relate to different conditions and contexts,” as she also highlighted in her opening speech.
During the exhibition – according to the curatorial concept designed by the Biennale artistic director Christine Macel – a series of Q&As with artists will take place, under the title Tavola Aperta, aiming to spark a dialogue between audience and artists in an informal atmosphere. Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić will introduce themselves on 20 September at the Central Pavilion in Giardini.
Artist Practice Project is another part of Christine Macel’s curatorial concept, showing video works by the artists included in the international exhibition and national pavilions.
Please find attached several photographs from the opening of the Croatian Pavilion and the exhibition Horizon of Expectations. Photographs by: Damir Žižić@Croatian Pavilion.
Photo: Damir Žižić©hrvatski paviljon, 2017.
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