Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb: Point Zero Landscape

Ivan Ladislav Galeta: Point Zero Landscape
Sept. 23rd – Nov. 17th, 2011

The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb begins its autumn part of the program with an encompassing presentation of the oeuvre of Ivan Ladislav Galeta, one of the most important Middle-European media artists today.

Lecture, KIC Zagreb, Foto Velizar Vesović

The first large retrospective exhibition of the work of this artist, who enjoys a cult status among the lovers and connoisseurs of film and video-art, will show Galeta’s oeuvre in the entire scope of his approach, procedures, topics, and media. In the attempt to make the work of this pioneer of avant-garde media art more accessible to broad public, the exhibition simultaneously encodes and decodes the “Galeta mystery”, offering a chance for insight into until now lesser known segments of his work.

The exhibition will show works covering the time span from 1968 until present day, from Galeta’s first film, Metanoia (1968) to a kind of reconstruction of the exhibition Movement, his first exhibition held in the Students’ Centre Gallery in Zagreb (1974) and a series of film scenarios that he has developed into a self-contained art form, as well as unavoidable masterworks of experimental film like Two Timelines in a Single Space (1976-1984), PiRâMídas 1972-1984 (1984), sfaĩra 1985-1895 (1984), Water Pulu 1869-1896 (1987/88), WAL(L)ZEN (1989) or END ART.

Along with the films as key carriers of the exhibition’s structure, great attention has been devoted to a fascinating multimedia opus of preparatory phases in drawing up a film scenario. Another important element in Galeta’s oeuvre will be presented as well – lecture performances in which he in an unusual way interprets an array of knowledge about the world and art, visualising and documenting them on blackboards.

The exhibition provides us with an equally good insight into Galeta’s oeuvre and his very specific philosophy of life and art, unconditionally harmonious with nature. The public will have the chance to see his research, which he simultaneously conducted in several media, at a single venue, and experience his oeuvre as an integral and interconnected whole.

For his research work conducted in the field of language of photography, film, television, and video media, recently also the possibilities of the Internet, he has received distinguished awards in European and overseas media art circles. Galeta’s films were screened at prestigious film and art events and experimental film festivals; his works have been included into important museum collections. Apart from Croatia, he has extended his artistic activity to Hungary, which explains a very keen reception of his work by Hungarian artists and critics.

The exhibition Point Zero Landscape, which is a sort of work-in-process, ends with the presentation of a publication that in its format and content reflects the specific features of Galeta’s art and each copy is supplemented by one-off original work. Texts on Galeta were written by Lászlo Beke, Željko Kipke, Markita Franulić, Andrej Mirčev, Miklós Peternák, Hrvoje Turković, and Barbara Wurm.

The curator of the exhibition and the editor of the book is Tihomir Milovac.

Ivan Ladislav Galeta (Vinkovci, 1947) graduated in Visual Art at the Teachers’ Academy in Zagreb 1967, as well as in Pedagogy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb 1981. He headed the Multimedia Centre (MM) of the Students’ Centre in Zagreb (1987-1990) and founded and headed the Art Cinema Theatre of Filmoteka 16 (1991-1994). Since 1980 he has worked as guest lecturer at several European universities. Since 1979 he has presented his work in the form of lecture performances in galleries and museums. Since 1993 he has been working as a media specialist at Zagreb’s Fine Arts Academy, where he has been appointed Full Professor in 2007. He initiated the introduction of Animation Studies (2000) and New Media Studies (2004), which grew into respective Academy Departments. He has been making films since 1969 and video-works since 1975. Since 1973 he has exhibited objects-installations, photographs-installations, video and TV works, texts, sound installations, ambience interventions, ecological projects, actions etc.

He has received numerous awards (Paris, Oberhausen, Belgrade, Trieste, Novi Sad), among others a high order of the Ministry of Culture and Communications of the Republic of France in 1999.

His works were exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Zagreb, Paris, Budapest, Barcelona, and Vienna; he has submitted his works to many festivals (Trieste, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Paris, and Bangkok) and renowned art events (16th Sao Paulo Biennale in 1981 or Documenta 12, Kassel 2007).

His works have been included in important local and international collections of contemporary art and film archives like the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatian Film Clubs’ Association, International Short Film Days Oberhausen and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Ivan Ladislav Galeta lives and works in the village Kraj Gornji near Zagreb.

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