The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections and working methods in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting the various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary art museum are changing: its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions ans educational programs based on participatory approach, intended for both, the audience and the staff.

4 May 2016 18H00 - 22 May 2016 19H00

Abstract Socialism: conferences and artistic projects
Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Lectures — Projections — Interventions
Curated by Oriol Fontdevila

Programme of conferences and artistic projects on the current and past uses of modern art arising from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Curated by Oriol Fontdevila. Abstract Socialism is the second part of Performing the Museum project.

May 4, 6pm
Presentation programme and conversation with the artists
With Jasmina Cibic, Fokus Grupa and Søren Thilo Funder
Free admission—Auditorium. Limited places

May 4, 6:30pm / May 11 and 18, 5:30pm
Programme of projections
Featuring works by Jasmina Cibic, Søren Thilo Funder and Doplgenger
Free admission—Auditorium. Limited places

May 13, 5pm / May 14, 8pm
With Andreja Hribernik, Ljiljana Kolešnik, Dalibor Martinis, Aleksandra Sekulić, Barbara Steiner and Ana Dević from What, How & for Whom/WHW
Free admission—Auditorium. Limited places

May 4–22
Artistic intervention
Fokus Grupa in Antoni Tàpies. Collection, 1955–65
Permanent Collection. Level 1.

Abstract Socialism
During the early years of the Cold War, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia took an unexpected stand in relation to modern art. Artists and intellectuals embraced abstract art, while the country’s cultural policy also saw it as a possibility for educating the people and for social progress. Yugoslavia distanced itself from the Soviet Union’s condemnation of abstraction, yet was never totally behind the formalist ideas currently fashionable in North America.

The Yugoslav context has contributed to later generations of artists questioning the basis of what has been called socialist modernity. Yet it also seems that the principle of utopia that nourished this project has never ceased to be recognised and is received as an inheritance with which to challenge the amnesiac state informing museums and the cultural neoliberal policies of today.

Abstract Socialism is a programme of conferences and artistic projects on the current and past uses of modern art arising from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It focuses on contemporary art practices that establish alliances with this legacy, albeit in a disruptive key, as well as historiographical accounts pointing to a critical review of the political and cultural initiatives that previously served to promote modern and progressive art.