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Exhibition publication, 2017.
ISBN: 978-953-80-27-06-2
36 pages, colour images, 20 x 13 cm
Bilingual (Croatian / English), softcover
Publisher: Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Editor: Janka Vukmir
Author: Darko Šimičić


This publication followed the exhibition “Strategies of Ready-

Mades” by Tomislav Gotovac (1937 – 2010) which opened in

2016, to mark the 79th anniversary of the birth of the artist on

February 9. Exhibition organisers were Institute for

Contemporary Art and Tomislav Gotovac Institute.

The exhibition presented rarely or never before shown works by

the artist, which directly or partially refer to a radical artistic

practice of Marcel Duchamp. Exhibited were collages, objects and

films from different phases of the artist’s vast oeuvre. The

selected works were created over 40 years, from the mid of the

70s of the last century.

Exhibition dates collided with two important centenaries. Marcel

Duchamp used the term “ready-made” for the first time in a letter

to his sister, dated January 15, 1916. The same year, a few days

later Cabaret Voltaire opened, on February 5, 1916, in Zurich, the

event which now is considered to mark the beginning of Dadaism.

Those events have very much encouraged and influenced the

radical artistic practices in the 20th century, as Gotovac’s work

clearly shows.

Darko Šimičić offers in his text an insight into Gotovac’s work that

opens a new understanding of this particular portion in the body

of his work.

The exhibition additionally served as a preparatory study for the

first retrospective exhibition of Tomislav Gotovac, held in 2017 at

the newly opened venue of the Museum of Modern and

Contemporary Art in Rijeka.

Tomislav Gotovac worked in a variety of media that span across

five decades. He was a multidisciplinary artist, considered the

precursor of performance art in Croatia and former Yugoslavia; a

pivotal figure in the development of the artistic avant-garde in

Eastern Europe during the 1960s and 1970s.

Darko Šimičić is an art critic and curator based in Zagreb,

Croatia. He is a co-founder of the Tomislav Gotovac Institute in

Zagreb where he is currently working as researcher and

secretary. His professional interest is focused on avant-gardes in

1920’s and 30’s (Zenithism, dada, Bauhaus, photomontages) and

groups and individuals in Croatian art in 1960’s and 1970’s

(Gorgona, Mangelos, Group of Six Artists, Tomislav Gotovac).