MARTEK’S MIRROR / Remember Art – in the NI National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje object Cifte Hamam, on 24. 11. 2015 in 20:00 h.
Born in Zagreb in 1951, Martek is a poet and a conteptualist, a painter and an essayist. He earned his degrees in literature and philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb in 1976. In the beginning of his career he wrote visual and concrete poetry (titled Pre-poetry) and from the mid-1970s, he focused on conceptualism, actionism (with the Group of Six Authors), artistic books and out print (22 samizdat publications, leaflets, posters and postcards).
In the early 1980s he turned to painting, sculpture, print and land art. In 1990 he participated in the great exhibition Zeichnen im Fluss in Vienna at the Museum des XX Jahrhunderts He has recently returned to projects in the spirit of conceptualism. Martek has published eleven books, ranging from collections of poetry, his texts and staged photography, to collections of essays on contemporary art.
He has also co-authored two editions of print maps. The monograph Martek – fatalne figure umjetnika by Miško Šuvaković was published in 2002. In 2008, a monograph by Zdenko Rus was published and a retrospective exhibition of his work was organized at the Gallery of Modern Art in Zagreb (Vlado Martek: 1972 – 2007.) In 2010 Branka Stipančić published her study Vlado Martek – poezija u akciji /Poetry in Action. He has had individual exhibitions in Berlin, Prague, Paris and elsewhere.
Martek’s work can be seen in museums, galleries and private collections, including the MoMa in New York, Museum Ludwig in Vienna, the Gallery of Modern Art in Ljubljana, the Museum of Modern Art in Zagreb, in the collection of René Block in Berlin and in the Erste Bank Collection in Vienna. Three of his works from his conceptualist phase are part of the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
He lives and works in Zagreb and Rovinj.
About 100 works from 1970’s until now, made in different mediums will be shown on his retrospective exhibition.
Curator : Viktorija Vaseva Dimeska