"Artist on Vacation 2017" by Valamar Exhibition | "Gorgona" Monograph Boook Launch
26. May 2018

"ARTIST ON VACATION 2017“ by Valamar

The "Artist on Vacation 2017" by Valamar exhibition presents the artists which have been a part of the same-titled project in June and July of 2017, held in Poreč, Croatia. 
Participants of the the sixth consecutive year of the project were: Ken Friedman (USA/Sweeden), Miroslav Pavlović (Serbia), Nikola Džafo (Serbia), Adrien Sina (France), Zoran Todorović (Serbia), Koji Kamoji (Japan/Poland), Tanja Ostojić (Serbia/Germany), Jusuf Hadžifejzović (Bosna and Hercegovina), Józef Robakowski (Poland), Boris Buden (Croatia/Germany).
With the works of some of the participants of the last year's edition of the projects, there will be adapted version of the two exhibitions held in Poreč during the project. The first exhibition is of Radomir Damnjanović Damnjan, "Painting", a conceptual artis and performer, closely linked to the work of the Belgrade Student's Centre in the 1960s, and the second one is of Živko Grozdanić Gera, "Allegories", one of the most important representatives of radical art in Serbia today. 

Author of the "Artist on Vacation" project is Marinko Sudac, and the project is organized by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde, Marinko Sudac Collection and Valamar Riviera d.d.



The monograph of the GORGONA group (Josip Vaništa, Julije Knifer, Ivan Kožarić, Marijan Jevšovar, Đuro Seder, Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, Radoslav Putar, Matko Meštrović i Miljenko Horvat) is a result of long-term research which is presented with this all-encompassing and clear show of collective and independent work of the group's members, 

On 760 pages and with over 1600 reproductions, the monograph gives facts on the context of the group's founding, the local and international setting, it looks the joint activities (the "Gorgona" anti-magazine, collective works, exhibition in "Studio G") and put focus on each individual group member. The monograph explores the "post-Gorgonic" period and in the end gives a comprehensive chronology connected with the activity of Gorgona and its members from the 1950s to today. The monograph contains diagrams which show certain segments of the group's surroundings and works, and the publication comes with an enclosed copy of the "Gorgona" (2012) documentary film, made by the Croatian National Television, with collaboration of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, and Marinko Sudac Collection.

The foundation of the Gorgona book are the text by prof. PhD. Ješa Denegri, with additional texts by the art historian Ivana Janković and the artist Željko Kipke, with excepts from historical and experts' texts.

The project author and monograph editor is Marinko Sudac. The publishing of the book was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, Atlantic grupa d.d., and Valamar Riviera d.d.