December 13, 2005 - MMSU, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - 1st Biennial of Quadrilateral
December 13, 2005

1st Biennial of Quadrilateral

1st Biennial of Quadrilateral: Relativism
from 19 January 2006

MMSU - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Dolac 1/II
51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Phone 385 51 334280, 385 51 335252
Fax 385 51 330982

MMSU, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka is announcing its long-awaited international exhibition of visual arts, Biennial of Quadrilateral.

Based on the rich history of such events – MMSU organised the legendary Biennial of Young Yugoslav Artists (1960-1991) followed by the Biennial of Young Mediterranean Artists (1993-1997) – the present manifestation takes into consideration the diplomatic initiative of Quadrilateral which, since 2002, has encompassed the states of Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia. All of these neighbouring and independent states have at one time and in different combinations, been a part of one and the same state. Presently, three of them are members of the European Union, while Croatia awaits the next round of EU enlargement. However, cultural unity and links within the region, largely disrupted during the turbulent 20th century, are soon to be revised to the past level of intensity. By its geographic position and cultural habitus, the city of Rijeka represents an ideal converging point of influences, ideas and experiences from East and West, Mitteleurope and Mediterranean. The biennial aims to claim this position once more thus creating a space and place where regional distinctiveness can manifest itself through a globally understood language of contemporary art.

A biennial conception presupposes a curator from each of the participating countries who will propose a national selection that will further be subjugated for the selection to the joint committee singling out four artists from every country. Each biennial employs a new curatorial team thus bringing in a new theme of universality and actuality that will transcend the events’ geographical confinements.

Curators of the first edition of Biennial of Quadrilateral are: Giuliana Carbi, director of Trieste Contemporanea ; Branko Franceschi, director of the MMSU in Rijeka , Janos Sugar, free lance artist and Igor Spanjol, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana . According to the proposal by Janos Sugar, this team has settled upon a theme of relativism, as the most adequate notion to reflect the contemporary cultural and social discourse.

Brigitte Brand, IPUT, IRWIN, Adam Kokesch, Kristian Kozul, Andreja Kuluncic, Maja Licul, Emanuela Marassi, Omara, Maurizo Pellegrin, Marko Peljhan, Alfredo Pirri, Szilvia Reischl, Sandra Sterle, Lujo Vodopivec,

Organised by Elvio Baccarini, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Rijeka
19 20 January 2006
Lecture Hall, University Library
Dolac 1,

Participants: Marina Sbisa, University of Triest (Relativism and Contextualism); Peter Szegedi, Eotvos University, Budapest, (Scientist vs. Philosophers on the Relativism of Science); Vojko Strahovnik, University of Ljubljana (Relativism and Contextualism); Gianfranco Pellegrino, LUISS Rome (Distance and Morality); Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija, University of Rijeka (Truth-Possession in a Social World); Nikola Petkovic, University of Rijeka (Relativism and Aesthetics); Elvio Baccarini, University of Rijeka (Relativism and Action).

organized by Janka Vukmir, director of the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
19 20 January, 2006
Lecture Hall, University Library
Dolac 1

Participants: Giuliana Carbi, Trieste Contemporanea Magazine, Trieste and
Marco Giacomelli, Exibart, Florence; Nikolett Eross, Exindex web magazine, and Adele Eisenstein, Praesens, Budapest; Nevenka Sivavec, (Likovne besede) Likovni salon, Celje and Tadej Pogacar, (Mars) umetnik, Ljubljana; Sandra Krizic Roban, Zivot umjetnosti and Janka Vukmir, Radionica, Zagreb.

1ST Biennial of the Quadrilateral

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Dolac 1/II, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Giuliana Carbi, Branko Franceschi, Janos Sugar, Igor Spanjol
Opening Hours
Tuesday Sunday 10 am 1 pm & 5 8 pm
Mondays closed
Publications Relativism, catalogue, designed by Sanjin Kunic
The 1st Biennial of Quadrilateral is funded by the City of Rijeka, Department of Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Dolac 1/II
51000 Rijeka
Phone 385 51 334280, 385 51 335252
Fax 385 51 330982

MMSU, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
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