curator: Ješa Denegri
co-curator: Dorotea Fotivec
Thalberg Gallery, in collaboration with Marinko Sudac Collection and the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde, is organising the „NEO DADA – GORGONA | Absurd Freedom, Marinko Sudac Collection" exhibition. The project is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Zürich, Switzerland.
The Gorgona group's activity was based on the legacy of Dadaism, and the works of its members are the most representative legacy of this movement. The exhibition in Thalberg Gallery will give a retrospective overview of Gorgona group activity, a notable Neo-Avant-Garde group in Eastern Europe after the Second World War. Gorgona was an art group that existed in Zagreb, Croatia, between 1959 and 1966. Its members were painters Josip Vaništa (1924.), Julije Knifer (1924. – 2000.), Marijan Jevšovar (1922. – 1998.), Đuro Seder (1927.), sculptor Ivan Kožarić (1921.), Miljenko Horvat (1935. – 2012.), an architect who also painted and did photography, along with art critics and art historians Radoslav Putar (1929. – 1994.), Matko Meštrović (1933.) and Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos (1921. – 1987.), along with a few connected informal members and friends of the group.
Gorgona's activity encompasses collective works, "Gorgonic demeanour" - actions, meetings and excursions, written surveys, correspondence ("Thoughts for months"), and they also published 11 issues of the "Gorgona" anti-magazine, with a few unpublished drafts. With that, from 1961 until 1963, in the rented exhibition space of “Salon Šira” they named “Studio G”, they organized a series of group and solo exhibitions of Gorgona members, as well as of their guests, such as artists François Morellet and Piero Dorazio.
Exhibited works, archival photographs, documentation, and correspondence of the members of the Gorgona group among themselves and with notable names of the art scene of the time show that the Gorgona group phenomena was happening simultaneously with other relevant movements, and that Gorgona was an active participant on the European art scene of the post-war period, which was built on the rich legacy of the first Avant-Garde and movements such as Dada.
A notable art historian Ješa Denegri is in charge for the exhibition concept.
Simultaneously with the Kunsthalle Zürich's "Dadaglobe" exhibition, the Thalberg Gallery joins the rich programme of events commemorating the centennial anniversary of Dada.