David Maljković’s 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: Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisboa (2019), The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2018), Metro Pictures, New York (2017), Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2016), DVIR Gallery, Tel Aviv (2016), T293, Rome (2016), VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal (2015), Dvir Gallery, Brussels (2015), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (2014), Baltic Art Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2013), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2012), Wiener Secession, Vienna (2011), Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009).
Maljković has participated in group shows such as: 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).