PREDRAG PAVIĆ: The Work is Nothing, all is Work




We invite you to the opening of a solo exhibition,
The Work is Nothing, all is Work by Predrag Pavić,


on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.


Institute for Contemporary Art

Trg kralja Tomislava 20, Zagreb


The exhibition remains open until Friday, March 29, 2024.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 13:00 – 19:00



Predrag Pavić’s exhibition The Work is Nothing, all is Work is part of the Radoslav Putar Award program. Pavić is the winner of the Award in 2019, but his stay at the residency program at Residency Unlimited in New York, as well as the solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, which is also part of the Award, were postponed on several occasions due to pandemics, and along the way we also had an earthquake.


In Pavić’s work, the very title The Work is Nothing, all is Work says that it refers to the question of work and its evaluation, valorisation and the position of the artist within the institutional relations between the stakeholders of cultural production, artists and galleries. The work appears in the gallery as a result of a performative act with its own characteristics, but it is an artifact that remains embedded in the gallery space, and at the same time, a work of art that has its own function in the life of the gallery. The work was performed in situ and all its future iterations will only be able to show the documentation of the work process and the situation that remains at the place of execution, but it will remain untouched only for the duration of the exhibition.


The Work is Nothing, All is Work is one of a series of several works in which Pavić performs private works for galleries or in which he deals with the issue of artistic and institutional work, as well as labor, such as There’s nothing worse than shitting in a rush, (2011. MSUI Pula), Untitled (2012, Gliptoteka, Zagreb), now All is Work, Work is Nothing (2024, ISU, Zagreb) or the audio work The Working Day of a Renaissance Master (HR, 2015), and works in preparation.


Predrag Pavić was born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated (2011) at the Academy of Fine Arts (ALU) in Zagreb. He has exhibited on group and solo shows in Zagreb, Split, Pula, Osijek, Gothenburg, Catania, Sofia, Düsseldorf, Gdansk, and Dresden, and was awarded for his work with Grand Prix on the 10th Triennial of Croatian sculpture, Grand Prix Emanuel Vidović on 38th Split salon with the curatorial concept Fantasizing – Dislocation, award for the best graduate of ALU in 2011., award from Croatian AICA association, Radoslav Putar Award, and EX AEQUO award on 27. Slavonian Biennale. He is president of the production collective Deminutiv, a board member and one of the project managers of the artist-run studio/gallery space Atelijeri Žitnjak that is a live protagonist of the Zagreb independent art scene, and a member of the Croatian Freelance Artist Association. He teaches sculpture as an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he also lives.