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  • 01.03.2019. - 30.03.2019.

    Josip Zanki, Mantra of Compassion

    Within the local framework, it is hard to find an artist who works so systematically on connecting art and cultural anthropology to have been lead into a hybrid field that lies somewhere between art practice and scientific research, as is the case with Josip Zanki. Truth be told, Zanki is interested in what resists modernization in the concept of “a man as a social and cultural being”: religion, magic, premodern art, etc. Therefore, it is not surprising that the objects of his interest are so diverse: sepulchral practices of Zadar hinterland, the importance of cultivating barley in European rural areas, Buddhist painting, Petar Zoranić's “Planine”, Velebit, shamanism, hiking, prayer, meditation, etc. At the exhibition in Velika Gorica, Zanki – in full accordance with the mystical tradition of combining the incommensurable – focuses on the complex relationship between the East and the West, often marked by mutual misunderstandings, and exemplifies it via pictorial representations. What is the purpose of Buddhist paintings; how are they created; what is their relationship with the deity they depict; how much do these paintings rely on the Western understanding of space and geometry; are there any similarities between Eastern mantras and Christian or Islamic prayers and can they be prompted by an image; what is the role of an art form on the one hand, and individual intervention on the other in the tradition of Buddhist and Western painting; how does one become a master painter in Buddhist art and is it comparable with Western painting? In addition, the exhibition will also present the international results of the artist’s educational work via dozens of drawings and paintings. Regardless of whether Zanki is in the role of a student or teacher, working and living in the Indian or the South American subcontinent, he seems to continuously point out one thing: the human need for transcendence and to express oneself.

    Below we bring the text of Nevena Škrbić Alempijević, professor at the Faculty of social and humanistic sciences in Zagreb (Department for etnology and cultural anthropology):  

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  • 18.11.2016. - 17.12.2016.

    Aleksandar Bezinović / Katarina Vojković

    Solo exhibitions by Aleksandar Bezinović and Katarina Vojković is the last one of the exhibitions with which, this year, we present young artists related to Velika Gorica and its surroundings. About the works presented at the exhibition art historians Rozana Vojvoda and Petra Petrušić writes:

    Creation and dissolution, construction and deconstruction, appearing and disappearing; all of these pairs of antonyms can be applied to Aleksandar Bezinović’s work created within the last two years. Through procedures which include lighting on fire, scraping, a profuse use of adhesive materials, even the intentionally induced corrosion of metal plates, the author additionally emphasizes the already unsteady relationship between the foundation, the figurative motif, words and colour. Reconstruction, as the central theme of this exhibition, becomes an applicable and, at the same time, relative creative principle – everything can somehow be reconstructed when technology and a creative principle are in line: a palm tree or even the human body

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  • 14.10.2016. - 05.11.2016.

    Željka Cupek / Marija Lovrić

    Solo exhibition by Željka Cupek and Marija Lovrić is one of the exhibitions with which, this year, we present young artists related to Velika Gorica and its surroundings. About the works presented at the exhibition, the artists says:

    Introspection, 2016

    These days, living a modern and, you could say, superficial way of life, creates a need to connect with oneself. This is an extremely important human need which we often neglect. Even when we are talking about awareness or self-confidence, we very rarely truly feel that. Self-awareness is a higher state of consciousness, a connection with one's self. It is the ability to feel the messages from our inner reserves of emotional memory. In order to advance our self-awareness we need to explore ourselves, respect our bodies, take care of ourselves and enter out inner selves. Each person is unique, both physically and psychologically. Each person has their own energy frequency and when we connect we feel the new energy which permeates into us and prompts various emotions. We feel vibrations, depths, we see colors, hear different sounds. Sometimes we become intensely self-aware, aware of our own physiological processes.

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  • 29.04.2014. - 01.06.2014.

    Tomislav Buntak, Mirror of adventure

    One feature of art is that it creates its own worlds. Even when art overtly refers to reality, when a work of art allows us to recognise motives and phenomena from real life, when art seems to be dealing with our own experience, we must not forget that it all boils down to the figment of imagination guided by its own rules. Tomislav Buntak's painting is an example of such art. Magic realism, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, escapism – are just some of the notions that can help us in an attempt of situating this exhibition in our own art map.

    Even in a very brief résumé of Buntak's present work, two things should be accentuated. Primarily, not many representatives of Croatian modern art have in such a distinct manner reinterpreted the tradition of sacral art. Employing the popular culture imaginarium in depicting Christian topics and motives, Buntak proved that dogma is not of much use in artistic representation. On the other hand, in an exclusive history, not only of Croatian modern art, maybe no one has so consistently and clearly almost as in a blueprint set the motive of escapism as the main topic of his work. Eliminating the stigma of inferiority, Buntak allegedly, without hesitation attached the allegedly inferior area of culture dominated by comics and genre fiction and film to the tradition of the so-called high culture, no matter if it was related to art history (painting), modern art or religion.

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