The next two steps on the Essl Art Award CEE exhibition tour were Zagreb, on Thursday, 12th and Ljubljana, on Friday, 13th. The Muzej Suvremene Umjetnost in Zagreb is one of the largest museums of contemporary art in Europe, and an extraordinary venue for an exhibition of young artists’s work. Opening night was very well frequented, and the winners, Martin Mrzljak and Sabina Mikelić as well as their families were pleasantly surprised.
The opening of the Slovenian Essl Art Award on Friday was held in the Moderna galerija Ljubljana in the heart of Ljubljana. Among the guests were many former Essl Art Award winners, among others Gasper Jemec (2005), Ana Sluga (2007) and Matej Sitar (2009). Suzana Brborović and Maja Rožman took home the Essl Art Award 2011.
The exhibition in Ljubljana lasts until June, 5th. The works of the Croatian nominees are on show in the MSU Zagreb until May, 31st.
Below find more information about the winners and their artworks.
Winners of the Essl Art Award – Zagreb
Martin Mrzljak was born 1987 in Zagreb and studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb. Two of his light installations, „Red cone“ and „Dance to…“ (both 2010) were shown in the nominees‘ exhibition.
Martin Mrzljak on „Red cone“:
“In this work I deal with light and space by using kinetic light sculpture. I am somehow trying to push upon questions, is it possible that light is also physical substance as any other tangible material. What I Iike the most about this work that it’s great for audience to participate in it, and changing the form of sculpture on the spot by playing with light.”
Sabina Mikelić was born 1981 in Rijeka, Croatia, and has been studying at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb. On show at the Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti Zagreb(MSU) were two of her works, the photography work „Jedno One“, consisting of 3 photographs as well as the mixed media installation „376 kućni broj/376 House number“, both recent works from 2010. Sabina Mikelić also received the Special Invitation by the Vienna Insurance Group.
Artist Statement on „376 kućni broj/376 House number“
“In my work I am referring to connection between man and nature, individual and collective consciousness trough my private experience. I often find analogies between old native cultures and shamanism and my life here in modern society.
The work ‘376 kućni broj/376 House number’ consists of: video, light box, video stills, text, photograph and rope. Through documentation of act of singing (my family and me) I am concerned with the moment of healing transgenetic experiences. The beginning point is the death of my grandmother’s brother in Second World War and through singing we are healing that experience. The rope in installation is a bridge between the worlds.”
Collector’s Invitation – Pavle Pavlović
Pavle Pavlović was born in 1983 in Belgrade, Serbia. He lives and works in Samobor and Zagreb, Croatia. Two of his works were shown, the paintings „The wild bunch“ and „Once upon a time in the east“. Agnes Essl invited him to join the exhibition in the Essl Museum in December.
Winners of the Essl Art Award – Ljubljana
Suzana Brborović was born in Kranji, Slovenia in 1988. She lives and works in Ljubljana. 3 of her paintings from the series „Postcards“ (2010) are on show in the exhbition.
Suzana Brborović on her work „Postcards“:
“Series of postcard reflects the stage of war that we somehow got deaf to it. I was also inspired by travelling through former states of Yugoslavia. Seeing the destruction made a great impact on me. Meeting people who survived the war and listening to their stories forced me to do this series.”
Maja Rožman was born 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia and works in both Ljubljana and Croatia. She presented the mixed media work „Fingerprints“ as well as the sound installation „The invisible happening“. Maja Rožman received the Special Invitation from the Vienna Insurance Group.
Maja Rožman on „The invisible happening“:
“This work deals with the sound of a drawing process. The image drawn remains known only to the author while the sound of its drawing process serves as narration by giving a chance to its viewers to interpret the sound, decipher the visual, and second-guess the work.”