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P74 Gallery

Lesson 1. Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art

8 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Opening 8 December, 19h

Tadej Pogacar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, No News (detail), 2015. Print on vinyl. Courtesy of P74 Gallery and artist

The exhibition Lesson 1 is a modified version of the exhibition Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources, the first comprehensive overview of the artistic activity of Tadej Pogačar and the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Arts that was on view at Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana between 4 November 2014 and 8 February 2015.

The exhibition in Zagreb is a selection of the most important projects created in the last decades that have significantly marked contemporary artistic production. The exhibition will present objects, artefacts, documents, installations and video works from the second half of the 1970s (the series called “No Events Actions”), the installation Laboratorium II, to the public projects and actions of the 1990s – among them, the pioneer project “Kings of the Street” (1994–1995), which first set out a collaboration with the social minority of Ljubljana’s homeless people, and the long term collaborative project CODE:RED (1999/2000–present).

Tadej Pogačar is engaged in interventionist logic, institutional critique and critical research on social and political issues as well as participatory and collaborative projects. His P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Arts, established in 1993, is a virtual institution that has taken a number of forms and roles: from organising activist events, designing collaborative platforms, intervening into the urban structure of cities, to holding street actions, making interventions in museum collections and archives, designing new educational games, documenting parallel economic models and constructing unplanned architecture.

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum has evolved its own operational strategy: “New Parasitism” and, since 1993, has published the Journal for Anthropology and New Parasitism.

Tadej Pogačar is also the founder and managing director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute (established in 1998), a non-profit cultural institution that operates the P74 Gallery and the KAPSULA project space. The P74 Gallery is the leading independent space for contemporary art in Ljubljana. Its mission is to foster the exchange and promote innovative and challenging models in contemporary art and culture both locally and internationally. In the last eighteen years its programmes have focused on the support, presentation, study and promotion of contemporary visual art, performance, time-based art, and publishing. Since its founding, P74 has organised numerous discursive research projects and workshops, which serve as the basis of its programme. These include Art in the Public Space, Parallel Economies, Public Phenomena, Ready to Change, Local Cartographies, Reality Log / Environmental Scan and The Renaming Machine.

Pogačar has exhibited widely, most recently at the Visor Gallery, Valencia (2014); Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig (2012), the ZKM – Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2011–2012), the Vojvodina Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad (2011), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (2011), as well as at biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Prague and Tirana and at Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam. He has also had exhibitions at the MUMOK in Vienna (2009), the San Francisco Art Institute (2007), the NGBK in Berlin (2007), the Stedelijk Museum (2004), the Central House of Artists in Moscow and the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City.

He is the recipient of many awards, grants and residencies, including the György Kepes research fellow at ACT at MIT (2012), the Jakopič Prize, Slovenia’s main national award for visual art (2009), the Shrinking Cities grant (Leipzig, 2004), the Franklin Furnace Grant for Performance Art (New York, 2001), the AIR_port residential programme Forum Stadtpark in Graz (2003) and an Austrian Cultural Forum residency in London (2003).

This retrospective was organised by the Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana in collaboration with P74 Center and Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Arts Zagreb. The curator of the exhibition is Igor Španjol. Accompanying the exhibition, a new publication will be published. The project was kindly supported by Erste Foundation.