“When I Open My Eyes in the Morning, I See a Film”

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw | Museum on Pańska 3

Recent reassessments of the legacy of Eastern and Central European neo-avant-gardes coincide with a renewed public interest in the period around 1968. Good timing, then, for “When I Open My Eyes in the Morning, I See a Film: Experiment in Yugoslav Art in the ’60s and ’70s,” the inaugural show at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (currently in a temporary location), which offered an extensive and illuminating look at one of the most active scenes at the time in the former Eastern Bloc. The title was taken from an interview with Tomislav Gotovac, one of the key Yugoslav artists of the period. As curator Ana Janevski argues, Gotovac pioneered happenings and performance, conceptual, and body art locally, while rooting them in his interests in experimental film, contemporary music, and pop culture.

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