Curated by Branka Bencic

Exhibition by Marko Tadic at Apoteka – space for contemporary art brings together a selection of collages, drawings, installation and objects, and it is formed around the idea of the museum and exhibiting displays. In his series Table of Contents or Accumulation of images from below the artist investigates spaces and contexts of art and it’s institutions. In addition, the exhibition includes a new animated film Moving Elements with references to for golden age Zagreb school of animation in 50s and 60s. Works by Marko Tadic explore his long-term interest in the legacy of modernism. His works represent a look back at the recent history as a visual narrative of obsolete remains by the elements of visual arts, architecture, or art history. The works build up an unusual atmosphere of oblivion, shaped by the interest in archives, highlighting the possibilities of re-reading and the relationship with the past. Tadic’s “accumulation” of images and contents take shape as different forms of reproduction, museum exhibition displays and fragmented and imaginary scenes and appropriations. His model of the museum, constitutes a metonymic model of architecture, as a place for (re)writing different ideas and positions.

Marko Tadić, born in 1979 in Sisak, Croatia. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Works with collage, animation, drawings. Exhibited at solo and group exhibitions and film festivals in Croatia and internationally, at venues in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Kassel, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. Awards: 28. Youth Salon (Zagreb, 2006) and Radoslav Putar Award for young Croatian artist (Zagreb, 2008). Participated in residencies and study programs: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA (2008); KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria (2008); ISCP, New York, USA (2009); Kultur Bunker, Frankfurt, Germany (2010) and Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki, Finland (2011). Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

This is (not) a Museum is the umbrella-title of 2016 programming at Apoteka, in the framework of research based perennial program line Temporary encunters, established in 2014. Temporary Encounters are exploring spatial relations and interactions between objects and subjects, dismantling procedures, processes and relationships within the work of art and the gallery space. The exhibition brings together artistic positions that deal with issues of (re)presentation and exhibiting by the works of  artists that are re-working through tensions between the space, the observer and the observed .

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Impossible Encounters

The works of Ibro Hasanović are revealed to us as places of “impossible encounters” that embody connections with the past.
The exhibition includes: film a Short Story, video Study for an Applause, and series Crna kronika / Black Chronicle.
Curated by: Branka Bencic

The landscape in A Short Story, is metonymically representing a space where territory and destiny have been intertwined for centuries. In A Short Story, the narrator retells a string of events that took place in the recent past, and some premonitions about the future, which are mediated by way of oral narration. Here, the narration of the past is intermingled with indications of future events, as the form acquires an uncertain position on the narrator’s reliability, so that the unclear narratives are placed between the past and the future. The paradigm of oral narratives – oral history, oscillates on the edges between fiction and reality, documents, truth and falsehood, history and narrative.
In Study for the Applause Ibro Hasanović remembers the anniversary of the infamous signing of the Dayton Accords re-enacts a scene from a Gérard Julien photograph showing three representatives of the conflicting parties along with their patrons, the presidents of the world´s superpowers who initiated the peace talks and assisted with the adoption of the agreement.
When we look at the vast collection of media images that constitute Black Chronicles we understand that we are actually looking at images whose purpose is pure propaganda: far from being neutral documents, they operate a telegenic staging of violence through standard codes.

Publication includes essays by Branka Bencic, Miha Colner and Marlene Rigler and is fully illustrated. Design Škart.

Ibro Hasanović (1981) lives and works in Bruxelles, He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in France. The central themes of his works – films, videos, photographs and installations are individual and collective memories. He showed his works at Turku Art Museum, Finland (2012); Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna; SPACE Gallery, Bratislava, Galleria A+A, Venice, 52. Oktobarski salon, Belgrade; Panorama 13, Le Fresnoy; Brot Kunsthall, Vienna, Mestna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana; Galerija P74, Ljubljana (2010), Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona; Galerija Galženica, Velika Gorica (2009); SPAPORT Banja Luka (2008); and Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, South Korea (2006).

Supported by City of Pula and Gandy gallery Bratislava.

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under the counter

The artistic practice of Mladen Stropnik, shaped around works on paper, collages, drawings and short video loops, builds up on a specific intervention in the spaces of the everyday, immediate and recognizable, yet wondrous and distorted. Mladen’s artistic process is shaped around minimalist and conceptualist practices, and his artistic gesture operates through cuts and breaks while the narrative is reduced to a minimum, relying on a consistent visual language and a certain economy of representation. Mladen Stropnik’s drawings or collages are based on minimal gestures intervening in the conceptual and abstract frameworks, as hints and fragments of the visible world, its bare and basic abstract details, often with elements of humor, playfulness, curiosity…Within such new relationships unfolds the title of the exhibition at Apoteka “under the counter,” which invites the viewer to try to figure out new meanings, articulate the unknown, what the artist is holding as a surprise, under the table, as a range of options in the relation with the everyday, the usual and unusual, to expose it, inviting us to look again.

Curated by: Branka Bencic


Mladen Stropnik, born in Slovenj Gradec in 1977., lives in Ljubljana. Solo exhibitions (selection): night train (whos there?), gallery Škuc, Ljubljana, 2014; LET GO, galerija gregor podnar, Ljubljana, 2013 / Group exhibitions (selection): Crossings, International center of graphic arts, Ljubljana, 2014; THE PLEASURE IS MINE, gallery ŠKUC, Ljubljana, 2013; Intergraf Alpe Adria, Villa Manin, Udine, IT, 2012; 29th graphic biennale, Ljubljana, 2011. He was recipient of the OHO Award for young artist in 2008 and artist in residence at ISCP NYC.

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