Exploitation of Death
The National Museum of Modern Art Zagreb
09. 11. 2021. – 16. 01. 2022.
Curator: Dajana Vlaisavljević, text: dr.sc. Suzana Marjanić, dr. sc. Mirna Marinić.
Artists: Lovro Artuković, Ljubo Babić, Vladimir Becić, Bruno Bulić, Nataša Cetinić, Menci Clement Crnčić, Bela Čikoš Sesija, Vladimir Filakovac, Ivo Gattin, Ivan Generalić, Stjepan Gračan, Krsto and Željko Hegedušić, Georg Hinaiz, Ignjat Job, Gabriel Jurkić, Josip Klarica, Zlatko Kopljar, Branko Kovačević, Iso Kršnjavi, Ivan Lovrenčić, Antun Maračić, Nikola Mašić, Jan Matejk, Antun Mezdjić, Valerijo Michieli, Karlo Mijić, Renè Miković, Zoran Mušič, Ratko Petrić, Oton Postružnik, Zlatko Prica, Mirko Rački, Vanja Radauš, Ivo Rein, Dijana Rajković, Branko Ružić, Miljenko Stančić, Mladen Stilinović, Hrvoje Šercar, Robert Šimrak, Frano Šimunović, Đuro Tiljk, Kamilo Tompa i Maksimilijan Vanka.
In our consideration of the theme of dying and death in the visual arts, we were interested in works that thematize not only human death, but also those that deal with the disappearance of nature, in the broadest sense, of which man is only an integral part. We have, therefore, equated the process of dying, finality in general, that is, death of all living beings and the destruction of nature.
In line with our personal view of needing to act in an environmentally responsible way, we have sought to consider artists whose works deal with this theme in some manner, although the artists themselves are certainly not always deliberate about it when working on their pieces; the artists are primarily interested in artistic métier, process and expression.