price: 30,00HRK




ISBN 978-953-8027-10-9
56 pages, 20 x 13 cm
Bilingual (Croatian / English), softcover, stitched
Publisher: Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Editors: Tomislav Pavelić, Janka Vukmir
Text: Tomislav Pavelić
Translation: Tomislav Pavelić, Darko Poslek
Design: Igor Kuduz – D72


This artist’s book titled WISDOMS came to life with the exhibition “Wisdoms”, which was on the show at the Institute of Contemporary Art and as the first collaboration between the artist and the Institute for Contemporary Art.


“Artist book “Wisdoms” has been derived from the work in progress of the same title (since 2018.), which consists of 8-directional crosswords that have as a solution some wisdom. The work includes with no selection all the wisdoms/ crosswords that I have solved since the beginning of making the work. The

process of making the work will be finished when I’ll collect 100 wisdoms, and the artist book contains of the first 50 wisdoms…”

Tomislav Pavelić


“…… Look at this crossword puzzle.
You fill a line and another line forms by itself.
The crossword puzzle is a lot of empty squares first.
The further you go the more animated they become.
No! In the beginning it was not the word. In the beginning it was the letter.
You go this way it makes a word. You go this way it makes another. You take it out and it destroys.
It destroys two truths.
The horizontal and the vertical.” Parviz, from the movie Brick and the Mirror, by Ebrahim Golestan



Tomislav Pavelić was born in 1964 in Zagreb, where he completed his studies in architecture in 1990. He works as an architect and exhibits since 1996. He regularly writes essays on architecture and visual arts. He is the initiator of the show The Reality of Space, Between Poetics and Politics (editor Evelina Turković) on Croatian national radio, Channel 3. In 2012, he was elected Commissioner / Curator of the Croatian appearance at the 13th Venice International Architecture Exhibition. He was many times awarded for his architectural and essayistic work.


Janka Vukmiris an art historian, art critic and curator. She is a Co-founder and a President of the Institute for Contemporary Art.


Igor Kuduz, (Zagreb, 1967) is a visual artist and graphic designer, a professor at the Department of Media Design, University North, Koprivnica. He is one of the co-founders of the Institute for Contemporary Art and designer of the majority of Institute’s publications.