TUNE IN SCREENING: Psychedelic Moving Images from Socialist Yugoslavia 1966 - 1976
27. October 2011

Curated by Branko Franceschi
On view at Land of Tomorrow, Lexington
October 28, 2011 – November 18, 2011
Opening Reception @ 7pm October 28th

Land of Tomorrow is pleased to present Tune in Screening: Psychedelic Moving Images from Socialist Yugoslavia. The exhibition will open on the 28th of October at our Lexington location with a reception starting at 7pm and will run through the 18th of November.  The Tune in Screening program focuses on film production and popular music created in Yugoslavia from the mid 60s and 70s. It presents a variety of materials, predominantly a 75-minute loop of experimental film that exemplifies the openness and permissiveness of Yugoslavia’s brand of socialism when incorporating culture from the capitalist West. It also demonstrates how imports from the West had a profound effect on the local society, arts and, especially, the public visibility of this psychedelic lifestyle and popular culture.


Tune in Screening features a selection of Yugoslavia’s pop and rock music classics to accompany the presentation of some of the period’s most significant artworks. These artworks, unlike the official state-sanctioned modernism on one side of the era’s aesthetic divide or its underground conceptual and neo-avant-garde counterpart, were boldly present in the everyday life of all citizens.

While the state was supportive of some of the most radical and internationally recognized artistic manifestations of the era, it was at the same time harshly repressive with crackdowns on demonstrators, the imprisonment of political opponents and cultural workers, bans on movies and periodicals promoting cultural and political ideas, and attempts to introduce Western-style democracy to the country. Nevertheless, the combination of these opposing policies served to create one of the most vibrant and culturally exciting societies of the era. In the process, great art was created.


-    Vladimir Petek, Aquarelle, 8 mm, b/w film, hand colored, 4’25’’, 1966

-       Naško Križnar (OHO), 19th Nervous Breakdown, 8 mm, b/w film, 4’03’’, 1966

        (featuring Marko and Marika Pogačnik)

-       Ante Verzotti, Fluorescences, super 8mm, 4’2’’, 1967

-       Ivan Martinac, Focus, 35 mm, b/w, 7’12’’, 1967

-       Marjan Ciglič (OHO), Fullya Qwanso, 8 mm, color, 5’39’’1967

-       Marjan Ciglič (OHO), OU, 8 mm, color, 3’25’’, 1969/70

-       Miroslav Mikuljan, Seisana, 8 mm, 16mm, b/w, 4’53’’, 1970

-       Slobodan Šijan,  Kosta Bunuševac in a Film About Himself, 8 mm, color, 15’, 1970

-       Petar Trinajstić, Oh Fish, My Little Fish, 8mm, color, 3’33’’, 1973

-       Ljubomir Šimunić, Gerdy, The Wicked Witch, 8 mm, color, 14’, 1973 – 1976

All films transferred on DVD.

Visual Arts:

- Marko Pogačnik (OHO), Rolling Stones, object painting, 1968

- Marina Abramović, Rhythm 2, 1974 performance documentation, super 8 mm, 2 screen projections, b/w, color, mute, (33’53’’ & 25’24’’), transferred on DVD


- Uragani: Shell (1967)

- Grupa 220: City (1967), Somewhere There Is Someone like You (1968)

- Josipa Lisac: My Life (1970), Evening at Luna Park (1973)

- Time: Song No 3 (1972), King Alcohol (1972), Truth Machine (1972)

- Korni grupa: Voice from the Coast of Color (1972)

- Indeksi: Tide (1973)

- Zdenka Kovačićek: Click Theme No 1 (1973, live with Nirvana)


About the Curator:

Trained as an Art Historian at the University of Zagreb, for more than 20 years Franceschi has initiated and curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art for exhibition venues in Croatia and beyond. He was curator of the Croatian pavilion at the16th Sao Paulo Biennial (2004), 2nd International Biennial in Prague (2005), 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennial (2008) and member of the curatorial team of 2nd Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest (2006). In 2005, he initiated the Biennial of Quadrilateral in Rijeka, Croatia. His diverse background includes the production of online works, articles for daily papers, art reviews and cultural periodicals, TV and radio broadcasting. He initiated, managed and coordinated a residency for Croatian artists at MoMA PS1 in New York from 2001-2007, Croatian participation in Art in General’s EERE program since 2004 and other cultural exchanges between both Croatia and the United States, and Croatia and the EU. Membership: AICA (AICA Croatia President), ICOM, CIMAM, DPUH, Advisory Committee of Art in General, New Media Commission for the Ministry of Culture Republic of Croatia (President), Gallery and Museum Program Commission for the Municipality of Rijeka (President).


Films by Vladimir Petek, Marjan Ciglič and Naško Križnar, and Marko Pogačnik object painting, thanks to Marinko Sudac Collection

Films by Ivan Martinac, Miroslav Mikuljan, Petar Trinajstić, and Ante Verzotti, thanks to the Croatian Film Club’s Association

Films by Slobodan Šijan and Ljubomir Šimunić, thanks to the authors

Marina Abaramović’s performance documentation. thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Music thanks to Croatia Records, except Korni grupa by anonymous.

Special thanks (in alphabetical order): Nathalie Anglès, Lindsey Berfond, Želimir Koščević,  Diana Nenadić, Natalia Mount, Marko Pogačnik, Stephan Stoyanov, Marinko Sudac, Siniša Škarica, Stevan Vuković.