Ljubljana
MGML
Tomislav Gotovac
Ne slišim, ne vidim, ne govorim (Tri opice), 3 fotografije, zbirka: Sarah Gotovac © “Three Monkeys” (No Hear, No See, No Speak), 1979, photography, Institute of Tomislav Gotovac, Zagreb.

City Art Gallery of Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
E mestna.galerija@mgml.si

Information and reservations:
T 01 24 12 500
T 01 24 12 506
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Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Thursday: 11:00–21:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

Retrospective exhibition

Tomislav Gotovac

Don't Ask Where We're Going

12. 4. 2018–17. 6. 2018

Retrospective exhibition gives an overview of the sixty-year practice of Tomislav Gotovac  a.k.a. Antonio G. Lauer (Sombor, 1937 – Zagreb, 2010), a pioneer in many different media, from experimental to structural film, from happening to actions and performances.

Beginning with his first photo series, films and collages (dating from 1960 to 1964), and ending with his final actions and performances from 2009, the retrospective follows Gotovac identification with marginal characters, all of them eccentric mavericks who confirm the artist’s settling on the fringes of society. We meet Gotovac’s artistic personas, from the urban nudist, elated preacher, embittered curser and witty agitator to the paranoid artist and relentless obstructer of public peace and order.  

Along with Gotovac’s anthological works, the retrospective includes documentations of his actions, from court records to newspaper articles. These are presented here as the ways of expanding an artistic act into extra-artistic spheres, but also as a confirmation of Gotovac’s broadened understanding of film. With an aim of getting closer to the artist’s feeling of reality, this exhibition approaches film as Gotovac’s model for the creation of art and for directing his own biography, where the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred. This retrospective traces the author’s directing approaches in cinematic and non-cinematic media – from collages and photographs to actions and performances in intimate, public and media space.

In line with Gotovac’s approaches and instructions for reading his art, which are found in his statements, interviews, titles of his works and films, the exhibition is captioned with the titles of some of his works, with his mottoes and his intimate footholds. The questions of artist’s autonomy, the ways of playing with predetermined roles, the examination of the relationships between an individual and the dominant majority, the artist’s reckoning with official stories and mass media depictions – all this is interwoven at eight ‘stations’ of the City Art Gallery, from the initial room named "I’m innocent!", and all the way to the retrospective within the retrospective called "PARANOIA VIEW ART". The specific architecture of the Ljubljana City Art Gallery, with its circular direction of viewing the works, highlights the circle as the favorite form of Gotovac’s works. Moreover, it points to his ever-present principle of upgrading, continuing and recycling of the existing works and his insistence on the open form of their interpretation.



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Production: Museum and Galleries of LjubljanaExhibition curators: Ksenija Orelj & Nataša ŠukovićArtist: Tomislav GotovacTexts: Ksenija Orelj & Nataša ŠukovićCoordination: Eva BolhaDesign: Ajdin BašićPhotography: Andrej PeunikIn collaboration with: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Tomislav Gotovac Institute, Zagreb; Slovenian CinemathequeThe exhibition was made possible by: City of Ljubljana


Acknowledgements: Sarah Gotovac Collection; Tomislav Gotovac Institute; Croatian Film Association; Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Archive of My Land Štaglinec; Vuk Ćosić; Igor Prassel; Miško Šuvaković; all the authors of the interviews

Special thanks to: Zora Cazi Gotovac, Darko Šimičić, Slaven Tolj


During the exhibition "Don’t Ask Where We’re Going" at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana, the Slovenian Cinematheque
will be hosting an accompanying film programme. The programme of films of Tomislav Gotovac was done by Diana Nenadić in collaboration with the Croatian Film Association and Tomislav Gotovac Institute.

City Art Gallery of Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
E mestna.galerija@mgml.si

Information and reservations:
T 01 24 12 500
T 01 24 12 506
E prijava@mgml.si

Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Thursday: 11:00–21:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

News

“He is best remembered by how he ran naked down a street, strolled around, laid on a sidewalk, and kissed the asphalt. He would consciously use mass media to establish himself as an uncompromising artist, as well as consciously triggering polemics, scandals, police interventions. With these actions, he conveyed his belief that for him there is no difference between everyday life and artistic interventions, between the private and the public.”

16. April 2018
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana

“On Thursday, the City Art Gallery Ljubljana opened the exhibition ‘Don’t Ask Where We’re Going’ by the Croatian artist Tomislav Gotovac. Works by this pioneer of experimental film and performance, which are also in the MoMA collection, will be on view until 10 June.”

16. April 2018
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana

Events

Tue
5
Jun 2018
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Last guided tour of the "Don't Ask Where We're Going" exhibition
You are cordially invited to join us for the guided tour of Tomislav Gotovac retrospective exhibition, that gives an overview of the sixty-year practice of the pioneer in many different media. The tour will be held by the artistic director of City Art Gallery Ljubljana Alenka Gregorič.
Thu
17
May 2018
Film screening, Lecture
7 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Film Screening and a Conversation: “Tomislav Gotovac – I Feel Good”
“When I open my eyes in the morning, I see a film”, Tomislav Gotovac, the versatile artist and a pioneer in various artistic mediums, once said. We are kindly inviting you to a screening of films made by Tomislav Gotovac, and to a conversation with Diana Nenadić from the Croatian Film Association and Igor Prassel from the Slovenian Cinematheque.
Wed
16
May 2018
Film screening
9 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Screening of films of Tomislav Gotovac
Films fundamentally changed the perspective on life and art of Tomislav Gotovac. During the exhibition "Don’t Ask Where We’re Going" at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana, the Slovenian Cinematheque will be hosting an accompanying film programme, selected by Diana Nenadić in collaboration with the Croatian Film Association and Tomislav Gotovac Institute.
Wed
16
May 2018
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Don't Ask Where We're Going" exhibition with curator
You are cordially invited to join us for a guided tour of Tomislav Gotovac exhibition, a pioneer in many different media, with curator Nataša Šuković. Guided tour will be held in English language.