David Maljković’s (1973, Rijeka, Croatia) work is a highly controlled variant exploitation of formalist concerns. While narrative is the driving element at the origination of a project, the artist’s varied means of visual implementation profoundly modifies and compromises its supremacy. The process of construction within a set of formal directives encrypts the narrative and postulates what Maljković describes as a new semantic logic. His overall project is engaged in the variable relationship between form and content in art terms or signifier and signified, in linguistic terms; it is within this relationship that Maljković negotiates his formal methods and disjunctive intentions.
After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, David Maljković participated in several artist's residency programs including the one of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.His recent solo exhibitions include: the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Palais de Tokyo in Paris Kunstmuseum in Sankt Gallen, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Kunsthalle in Basel, Van Abbenmuseum in Eindhoven, Secession in Vienna. He also exhibited his works at the 11th Gwangju Biennale, 56th Venice Biennale, 29th Sao Paolo Biennale, 11th and 9th Istanbul Biennale etc. His works are part of collections of numerous world museums, such as G. Pompidou Centre in Paris, MUMOK in Vienna, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, MoMA in New York, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Tate Collection in London.
Maljković has participated in group shows such as: True Luxury…, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2018), The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2016), Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2015), All The World’s Futures, 56. Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015), Animism, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012), The Present and Presence, Moderna Galerija: Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana (2011), MUSAC, 29th Sao Paulo Art Biennial, Sao Paulo (2010), What Keeps Mankind Alive, 11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2009), When Things Cast No Shadow, 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2008).
Works by Maljković are in the collections of internationally renowned museums among which: Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos De Mayo, Madrid, ES; Frac des Pays de la Loire, FR; GOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, SCH; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR; Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, HU; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES; MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Tate Collection, London, UK; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL.