Mladen Stilinović, Artist at Work, 1978, eight C-prints, each 11 × 15 1⁄8".

Mladen Stilinovic

Galerie Martin Janda

Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016) was one of the most important Croatian artists and is today widely recognized as one of the main figures of international Conceptual art. His widow, the critic and curator Branka Stipančić, remains the leading authority on his work. For this exhibition, “Smiles,” Stipančić put together a show as exciting as it was emotional. It drew us into the Zagreb of the 1970s, when Stilinović was writing poems and publishing them in the literary magazine Republika. Together with friends, he founded the amateur film club Pan 69, whose discussions and artistic productions operated beyond the social and political structures of the day, and began his experimental film work. To present these rarely shown but legendary documents of a radical and subversive antiart, Stipančić decided on a classic video monitor, awkwardly positioned on the floor—quite appropriate to the radical

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