Croatian conceptual artist David Maljkovic grew up amid the lean, socialist architectures and monuments of Yugoslavia, and came of age as a young artist amid the civil war and politico-cultural fissions that accompanied the former Soviet federation’s collapse. His sculptures, installations, films, projections, photomontages and drawings often attempt to relocate and reinterpret his home region’s Soviet-era aesthetic and political legacy — in turns Modernist and futuristic, experimental and realist, utopic and utilitarian — from the perspective of a distinctly post-Soviet present: a look at the past dreaming of the future. “As modernism's passing has left us with empty, neglected visions […],” writes Nick Aikens for Flash Art International
, Maljkovic’s recent work “speaks of our inability to imagine or project into the future. It explores the possibility of thinking across different time frames, jolting us out of the perpetual present — the neoliberal dream of the end of history.”
Maljkovic has attracted attention in recent years for several high profile solo exhibitions, at institutions and galleries including the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris; Metro Pictures, in New York; Sprüth Magers in Berlin and London; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, in New York; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, in Madrid; and dozens more around the world. Important group appearances include shows at the Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo, in Paris; the Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art; the Kunst-Werke (KW) Institute for Contemporary Art, in Berlin; the Sculpture Centre, in New York; the Royal College of Art, in London; and many others. In 2009, he was awarded the ARCO Prize for Young Artists, in Madrid, and the following year won the Croatian Association of Artists Award, in Zagreb.
Maljkovic recently participated in three major museum exhibitions: a group show at the Museum Folkwang, Essen; an important, state-funded group show entitled Inside Outside Architecture
at the Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum of Norway –Museum of Contemporary Art), in Oslo; and a solo show at Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania, the largest contemporary art venue in the Baltic States.Additional Sources:
Metro Pictures: http://prod-images.exhibit-e.com/www_metropicturesgallery_com/MALJKOVIC___CV_abridged.pdf
N. Aikens, “The future is an empty space,”
Flash Art International [serial online], Nov/Dec2013, Vol. 46 Issue 293, pp. 54-59.
O. Basciano, Oliver, “David Maljkovic.”
Art Review, Oct 2013, Vol. 65, Issue 7, pp. 86-89 65.