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Tomislav Gotovac: Crisis Anticipator

Tomislav Gotovac: Crisis Anticipator


The books is a result of a collaboration between custodians, critics, art historians, theoreticians and artists, which is indicative of the complexity and interdisciplinarity of Gotovac’s work on film, performances, photography and painting during socialism, post-socialism, transition and the start of the global crisis.

The book focuses on the critical, custodial and theoretical levels of presenting and interpreting Gotovac’s life and work. It aims to showcase his artistic career as the anticipation of contemporary artistic, cultural and social changes from the stability of the 1960s to the contemporary society facing a global and European crisis. That is how Tomislav Gotovac can be presented from a historic and anticipatory perspective.

The texts are organised in four units. The first unit is Memory: Power of the Artist, focusing on individual memories about Tomislav Gotovac through a historicisation of his work in the context of Croatian and international neo-avantgarde. The second unit is Film: Experimental and/or Anti-Film, presenting research on Gotovac’s original work on film, in a hybrid field of fascination with American film, experimental film and anti-film. The third unit: In Between: Tactical Postmedia, follows the development of Gotovac’s artistic work in the space in between different media and artistic practices such as collage, interventions, performances and appropriation. The final unit, Reconstructed Subject: World Image Conspiracy presents the affective nature of Gotovac’s life and artistic work, from a completely intimate act to the mythologisation of his own life and human existence in a world of hidden and revealed political, sexual and artistic conspiracies.



Year: 2017

Editors: Miško Šuvaković, Darko Šimičić, Ksenija Orelj and Nataša Šuković

Publisher: Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Rijeka Distributed by: Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Rijeka

Texts by: Goran Petercol i Goran Trbuljak, Diana Nenadić, Marija Katalinić i Boris Ružić, Ana Janevski, Janka Vukmir, Ana Ofak, Andrej Mirčev, Suzana Milevska, Suzana Marjanić, Darko Šimičić, Miško Šuvaković, Ksenija Orelj and Nataša Šuković

Language: Croatian / English 

Pages: 417

ISBN: 978-953-8107-13-9


  • Edit by: MMSU, Riejak and Tomislav Gotovac Institute, Zagreb
  • Original Title: Tomislav Gotovac: Crisis Anticipator
  • Year: 2017
  • Language: English/Croatian