The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


11. HT Award for Croatian Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 20.4. - 13.5.2018. / FREE ENTRANCE

HT Award for Croatian Contemporary Art is the largest and the most important award for contemporary visual art in Croatia. The exhibition of the selected works has, over the past ten years, become a representative and relevant review of the situation on the domestic visual art scene. The selections of about thirty to forty works by artists of all generations are equally presented in the exhibition, but ultimately, only three of them are awarded and purchased by the Museum, while one work receives the Audience Award. Annually, over the past decade, more than 200 both female and male artists apply for the contest. The three purchased works become a part of the growing Croatian Telekom Collection in the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb. Also, some of the awarded and purchased works become showcased in the Museum’s permanent exhibition. The exhibition HT Award for Croatian Contemporary Art is a unique partner project of MSU Zagreb (The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb) and Hrvatski Telekom (Croatian Telekom), with the largest financial awards for the purchase of contemporary art works that any corporate entity gives to any museum in Croatia. It is a significant support to the visual arts in Croatia.

Among 236 applications for the eleventh HT Award for Croatian Contemporary Art Contest, the International Expert Committee (consisting of: Snježana Pintarić, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, museum advisor and the president of the International Expert Committee; Katrin Bucher Trantow, senior curator at Kunsthaus Graz; Alenka Gregorič, curator, head of City Gallery Ljubljana and KC Tobačna 001 Gallery; Alem Korkut, academic sculptor, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and Ana Škegro, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (in the absence of Ivana Kancir, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb)), has selected the works that are presented at this year's exhibition. In additon to the three invited artists, 33 works have been selected, representing a total of 36 works that are exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art from April 20th till May 13th 2018.

This year, most of the works presented at the exhibition are video works, such as Vladislav Knežević's End Cycle and Connection Is/Not Possible by Toni Mijača in an attempt to reconstruct the memories.Video installation Eyes are the Windows by the invited artist Dunja Janković is shown on the Media facade of the Museum. Video works are followed by photographic cycles such as those of Mara Bratoš, Jasenko Rasol and Tanja Deman. A large number of artists exhibit installations and multimedia installations such as Plato looks at the Simpsons by Tihomir Matijević, Transition by Mirjana Vodopija and Forensic Folklore///Pathogenesis by Kristian Kožul. Unlike previous exhibitions, the eleventh one presents a large number of paintings such as those of Zlatan Vehabović, Predrag Todorović and the invited artist Zlatan Vrkljan. The exhibition also features Ivica Malčić's drawings, Edvin Dragičević's graphics titled Illusion of Safety and audio work by Dino Priselac and Silvia Roberta Zaplatić. Dajana Durić's work Residence of the Void creates a specific ambiance, and Robert Fišer's Wormhole 2 a playful game for the eyes.

During the exhibition, the International Expert Committee will award the authors of the best works: the first award in the amount of 75.000 HRK, the second award in the amount of 45.000 HRK and the third one in the amount of 40.000 HRK. The purchased works will become part of the expanding Croatian Telekom Collection in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU/HT Collection). The audience votes will decide the winner of the fourth award, and the author of the work will be awarded 10,000 HRK as an incentive for further work. The work that receives the Audience Award is not purchased by the Museum.

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