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  • Mladen Stilinović, Artist at Work, 1978,one of eight black-and-white photographs, each 11 3/4 x 15 3/4".

    Mladen Stilinović, Artist at Work, 1978,one of eight black-and-white photographs, each 11 3/4 x 15 3/4".

    Mladen Stilinović

    Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art | Budapest
    Komor Marcell St 1
    April 21–July 3, 2011

    Curated by Branka Stipančić and Katalin Székely

    Over nearly four decades, the Belgrade-born, Zagreb-based Mladen Stilinović has engaged in obsessive, lo-fi gestures that channel the competing multiethnic, quasi-socialist sensibilities of his birthplace, the former Yugoslavia, its 1991 dissolution having neatly bisected his career. This ambitious retrospective will feature many of his best-known installations, collages, artist’s books, and photographs, including Artist at Work, 1978 (several snapshots of Stilinović in repose), and the English-language banner that reads as it is titled, An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist, 1994–96. Impaired ambition defines Stilinović’s Yugoslavia of the Mind, an ideological halfway house cluttered with the fears and desires of East and West—an atmosphere that we, the citizens of communist-capitalist yuan-dollardom, will no doubt recognize as our own.