David Maljkovic at Secession in Vienna

On December 1 David Maljkovic's solo exhibition 'Exhibitions for Secession' will open at Secession in Vienna. The collages, films, and architectural mises-en-scène of the Croatian artist David Maljković form part of the current critical engagement with modernism. Maljković turns his attention to sculptural and architectonic symbols that, against the backdrop of Yugoslav socialism, signified the dawn of a new era: Vojin Bakic's monument to the victims of World War II; the Italian pavilion at the Zagreb trade fairground; the works of EXAT 51, a group of experimental architects and artists who championed abstraction and the synthesis of art and social context in the early 1950s. Maljković renegotiates the significance of his native country's historic, cultural, and theoretical heritage by relating it to the present and the possibilities of the future. In his collages, he often combines historic views of powerfully symbolic monuments with contemporary photographs; the settings of his films, by contrast, function as projection screens for a younger generation's ideas about progress, exuding an atmosphere of wasted potential and resigned optimism. Maljković's works probe the dialectic between innovations that seem to have been forgotten, the ruinous present state of projects once created amid great euphoria, and the present as an era of transitions and new beginnings.

December 2, 2011 - February 5, 2012