Halloween 31 October 2018: Museum of Contemporary Art, the permanent collection.

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Spirit, Body installation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.

Not to be confused with the Moderna Galerija which is a Baroque building, Vranyczany Palace housing art works from the 19th century and after, the Museum of Contemporary Art is (during the day time anyway) a modern block of uninspiring concrete in Novi Zagreb, at the crossroads of Većeslava Holjevca and Dubrovnik Avenues. Do not be put off! It has a modernist interior with sharp, clear lines and is beautifully designed to show off its collection of post 1950s performance and Retroavantgarde art.

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Reflection of the stairs in the perspex, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.
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Somewhere to sit in the sun and contemplate, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.

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I got carried away by the red line theme.

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The red neon is in the foyer of the Museum; the red tube which starts on one floor and hooks over the edge of the next level up is Red Line by Ivan Kozaric, 2011; the block with a thin horizontal line (part of a bigger work) is Circles between Surfaces by Dalibor Martinis; and the drawing is part of the presentation for the 32nd Venice Biennale in 1964.

I am currently writing about death so was not surprised to find a number on that theme.

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Jan Fabre’s I Spit on My Own Tomb (though the spitting was not working).

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There was an interesting ‘sculpture’ in the Gradski Park – photographer Romeo Ibrisivika has been ‘pulling the wrecks out of the environment’ (dragging rivers, that sort of thing), and then there was a sculpture in the Museum which reminded me of it.

There were two which took a Scottish theme: a video Midges by Dorothy Cross (2000) and these two photos (from a series of three).

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Aran Miljenko Horvat (1965).

I seemed to be picking up on a theme of doorways – what is behind? what will come through?

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There was a twisted two-slide shute which must be really fun and doubles up as an art work (which was not working). Then everywhere I looked were coils of metal and chrome.

 

A poster I saw in Padua reminded me of Lea (before she changed her hair colour!) whose hospitality here in Croatia has been amazing, and the art work in the gallery – Untitled by Antun Motika (1943-44).

 

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A very moving series about women in a safe house, most of whom had been abused and fled the men who caused it. Women’s House Sanja Ivekovic (1998-2002).
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A hanging light installation. Changes by Mirjana Vodopija (1994)
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New York, New York by Dalibor Martinis (1984) shows two screens of waves, the wake behind a boat and reminded me of standing on the ferry from Ireland to Wales.
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Zlatko Kopljar’s Compassion (2005), from a series of him kneeling in front of national monuments.
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Orange Extension by Jesus Raphael Soto (1968-70).

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Annette Messager’s Woman and Drawing a series of three (1972).

Shots through windows.

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Even the toilet door signs were related to an artwork!

Tiles like this one are in all the lavatories.

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Back outside.

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The Wu Chi again – the un-manifest aspect of the Tao. See Picardy 4

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Free admission for all visitors on the first Wednesnday of the month!

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