February 26, 2004 - Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris - Tomislav Gotovac
February 26, 2004

Tomislav Gotovac

Tomislav Gotovac
Ailleurs, ici

Le musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ ARC au Couvent des Cordeliers
15, rue de l’Ecole de Medecine 75006 Paris
Informations : 01 53 67 40 83 /


Free entrance from 12 pm to 8 pm on the last day of the exhibition Ailleurs, ici – February 29, 2004

Image: Tomislav Gotovac, Heads, 1970

For the closing day of the exhibition, February 29, 2004

Tomislav Gotovac will present…

Tomislav Gotovac (1937) is considered the precursor of performance art in the former Yugoslavia.

He began his career with photographic works and then he moved on to produce collages, films and performances. The artist made a number of avant-garde structuralist films, which positioned him alongside experimental filmmakers like Michael Snow and Peter Frampton. In his works, Gotovac plays close attention to procedures of film directing, including quotes and extracts of images and music as references and homages to other film directors and musicians who have inspired him.

1.Performance ” Hommage to Billie Holiday 1915-1959 “, at 6.30 pm

” She is my soul. In every man there is a woman part. In me, that’s Billie “

This performance is one of the performances dedicated to the singer and jazz music.

2. Projection of the films

The films (in BETA copy) will be projected in a loop (except during the performance).

- The Forenoon of a Faun (1963), experimental documentary, 16 mm, b/w, 9 min.

The film consists of three sequences shot by a fixed camera: the first shows the balcony of a hospital with patients, (sound track from the film “Vivre sa vie” by Jean-Luc Godard), the second is a scraped wall and the third is a crossroad with pedestrians and cars (sound taken from the film “The Time-Machine ” de George Pal).
– Straight Line (Stevens-Duke) (1964) : experimental documentary, 16 mm, b/w, 8 min.

The tram rails are filmed from the moving tram with a fixed shot. (sound : The Creole Love Call” by Duke Ellington)
- Blue Rider (1964): experimental documentary, 16 mm, b, 12 min.

The cameraman, under the direction of Tomislav Gotovovac, films, with the camera on his shoulder, the people they meet by chance in the restaurants, inns and coffee houses of Zagreb. (sound track from the American tv serial ” Bonanza “)
– Circle (Jutkevitch-Count) (1964), experimental documentary, 16 mm, b/, 12 min.

The 360-degree movement of the camera, on the top of a building records the surrounding landscape (sound: “Sent for you yesterday” et “Here you come today” de Count Basie)
- Glenn Miller (2000) : experimental documentary, 35 mm, colour, 26 min.

The film was shot with a camera attached to a car, moving continuously in a circle.

3. Presentation of personal archives of the artist

Photos, correspondences, articles, interviews, official letters ….

With the support of :

Croatia Airlines

The cultural service of Ambassade de Croatie

The Ministry of Culture, Zagreb

The cultural departemental, City council of Zagred

Aleksandar Battista Illic and vana Keser, Community art, Zagreb

Next exhibition at the Couvent des Cordeliers :
Anri Sala

Entre chien et loup – When the Night calls it a Day

25 march – 16 may 2004

Press contact

Elsa Guigo & Maud Ohana

elsa.guigo@mairie-paris.fr / tel : (33) 1 53 67 40 50 / fax : (33) 1 47 23 35 98

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
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