The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom (WHW) in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom director Emily Pethick.
Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Easter and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages and interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection.
The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinovic (1947 - 2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinovic's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion agains social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide.