VIKTOR PopoviĆ   

b. 1972 in Split, Croatia

Lives and works in Croatia

Viktor Popović is an artist living and working in Split, Croatia where he is the head of the Painting Department of the Arts Academy. In his work he often uses found objects and raw industrial materials in installations that probe the relationship between artwork (or object), audience, history of the exhibition space, and the environment or location of the gallery itself. Popović’s latest work is the part of artistic research of Modernist heritage of socialist period in former Yugoslavia, the project that was started in 2015 and focuses on the re-contextualization of the 1960s architecture in Split, Croatia. The work is a hybrid between photography and light installation. It consists of the digital prints of archival photographs and constructional elements of installation such as fluorescent light tubes and photo color correction filters that transfer the archival material into the new artistic context. The work questions the position of personal and social memory in relation to the heritage of modernist architecture. Perceiving from present-day post-transitional degradation of many layers of society this work speaks to the lost utopian projects if only to question and remind of the forgotten values.

Popović’s work has been shown in such venues as the Museum of Fine Arts, Split Croatia (2000, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia (2010, 2011, 2015 & 2016); Lauba – People and Art House, Zagreb, Croatia (2011, 2012, 2013); Gallery of Fine Arts – Civic Museum Zadar, Zadar, Croatia (2005, 2010, 2011); Portland Art Center, Portland, Oregon, USA (2006); Glyptotheque – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012); Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – Department of Prints and Drawings, Zagreb, Croatia (2016); Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York, USA (2014); Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna, Austria (2012); Istria Museum of Contemporary Art, Pula, Croatia (2008, 2010); MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2009); Galérie Z, Bratislava, Slovakia (2006); Gallery of Arts, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia (2002); Casal Balaguer, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2002).

Popović is an MFA graduate of Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia and has been awarded a number of distinguished grants and awards including the Art Omi Residency Program at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York, USA (2017); ArtsLink Residency Program at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, USA (2006); 36th Split Salon Prize, Croatian Art Society, Split, Croatia (2009); Annual Young Artist Prize, Croatian Art Society, Zagreb, Croatia (2006); Filip Trade Contemporary Art Collection Prize, Zagreb, Croatia (2005); Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Studio Program at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2005); Grand Prix of the 8th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Zagreb, Croatia (2003).

His work has been collected by major public institutions throughout Croatia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art in Split, Gallery of Fine Arts – Civic Museum Zadar, Zadar and Lauba – People and Art House, Zagreb.

EDUCATION

1996 Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Split Archives, C24 Gallery, New York, NY

2017  

Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital), Gallery of Multimedia Cultural Centre Split, Croatia

Untitled (Archive ST3: Military Hospital), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

2015  

Untitled (Archive ST3), Galerijski centar Varaždin, Varaždin, Croatia

Untitled (Archive ST3), Juraj Plančić Gallery – Stari Grad Museum, Stari Grad/ Hvar, Croatia

Untitled (Archive ST3), Academia  Moderna,  Zagreb, Croatia

Untitled (Archive ST3), School Gallery, School of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia

2014  

Untitled, MAP – Meeting Art Place, Brela, Croatia

Billboard projekt, Cista Provo, Croatia

2013  

Untitled, Lauba – People and Art House, Zagreb, Croatia

2011  

City Loggia Exhibition Pavillion – Gallery of Fine Arts – Civic Museum Zadar, Zadar, Croatia

2007  

City of Split future Aquarium building (organized by Croatian Association of Artists - HULU), Split, Croatia

Kristofor Stanković Gallery – Old City Hall, Zagreb, Croatia

2006  

Portland Art Center (organized by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), Portland, Oregon, United States of America

12R37, City Reading Room (organized by Filip Trade Contemporary Art Collection, Zagreb), Komiža, Island Vis, Croatia

9th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Glyptotheque - Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

2005

Junge Kroatische Kunst, Galerie Eiswürfel – Kolonie Wedding (organized by Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Berlin, Germany

2004 

Salonn Galić Gallery, Split, Croatia

Moria Gallery, Stari Grad/Hvar, Croatia

Galženica Gallery, Velika Gorica, Croatia

2003

St. Toma Gallery – Heritage Museum, Rovini, Croatia

St. Krševan Gallery, Šibenik, Croatia

2000 

Museum of Fine Arts, Split Croatia

Matica Hrvatska Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

1999 

SC Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

1998 

Salon Galić Gallery, Split, Croatia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Contemporary Istanbul, C24 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Architecture in Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia

2016

Lighting Guerilla Festival: Memories, Cukrarna Palace (organized by Strip Core, Forum Ljubljana), Ljubljana, Slovenia

10th HT Award for Contemporary Croatian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

7th Croatian Triennial of Graphic Art Latest Poetics of Croatian Graphic Artists, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – Department of Prints and Drawings, Zagreb, Croatia

2015

9th T-HTnagrada@msu.hr, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

39th Split Salon: Representations of Split, Salon Galić Gallery (organized by Croatian Association of Artists Split), Split, Croatia

Sweet and Sour: Split Stories, Esernyős Gallery (co-organized with Galerija umjetnina, Split), Budapest, Hungary

2014

Notes on Undoing, Garis & Hahn (organized by Ikon Arts Foundation), New York, USA

Glimpses of Light, to Julije, Croatian Association  of Artists Osijek – Kazamat  Gallery, Osijek, Croatia

2013 38th Split Salon: Fantasizing – Dislocating, Split City Museum Gallery (organized by Croatian Association of Artists Split), Split, Croatia

Simultaneous Landscapes of the Mediterranean, exhibition of art workshop implemented at the archaeological site of Vela Cave in Vela Luka on Korcula Island, Croatia, Cultural Centre, Vela Luka / Korčula, Croatia

Simultaneous Landscapes of the Mediterranean, exhibition of art workshop implemented at the archaeological site of Vela Cave in Vela Luka on Korcula Island, Hrvatska udruga likovnih umjetnika – Salon Galić, Split, Croatia

2012 

Finalists 2012, Lauba – People and Art House, Zagreb, Croatia

Dimensions of Humor, Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia

Dimensions of Humor (as part of an international exhibition of visual arts “Tu smo 3 MMC Luka, Pula, Croatia

11th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts - Glyptotheque, Zagreb, Croatia

6th Croatian Triennial of Graphic Art Illusion in Art, Meštrović’s Pavilion – Croatian Association of Artists (organized by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – Department of Prints and Drawings), Zagreb, Croatia

Turn the Light on, It’s Dark, Multimedia Cultural Centre Split, Split, Croatia

Lighting out for the Territories, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space (in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb) Wienna, Austria

Dimensions of Humor, Croatian Association of Artists Split – Diocletian Palace basements, Split Croatia

2011

One on one, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (with Igor Eškinja)

Dimensions of Humor, Croatian Association of Artists Osijek – Kazamat Gallery, Osijek, Croatia

37th Split Salon: Izlágati/Izlàgati (se), Croatian Association of Artists Split – Golli & Bossi Hostel, Split, Croatia

Non permanent exhibition of the Filip Trade Collection #1, Lauba – People and Art House, Zagreb, Croatia

4th T-HTnagrada@msu.hr, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2010

Invisible / Material, Academy  of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia

SintArt, Richter Collection – Museum of Contemprary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

Tu smo 2, The Old Printshop – Istria Museum of Contemporary Art, Pula, Croatia

New Works in the Collection 1998 - 2010, City Lodge - Gallery of Fine Arts at the Civic Museum, Zadar, Croatia

Miniscule, Oblong Gallery, London, Great Britain

Participacija, ne simulacija, Old City Hall (organized by Arts Academy), Split, Croatia

3rd T-HTnagrada@msu.hr, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

Modern (post) modern, Stara tiskara - Istria Museum of Contemporary  Art, Pula, Croatia

2009

Modern (post) modern, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia

Gift workshop exhibition, Fernmeldeamt Braunschweig (organized by Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig) Braunschweig, Germany

36th Split Salon: Sculpture / Ready Made - Handicraft - Fetish, Multimedia Cultural Center - MKC (organized by Croatian Association of Artists - HULU), Split, Croatia

10th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

Best of NY Part  II, Broadway Gallery, New York, United States of America

Pogled na grad, Fonticus Gallery (organized  by Croatian Association of Artists - HULU, Split), Grožnjan, Croatia

Visiting (Young Croatian Art Scene), Galleries MUU and FAFA, Helsinki, Finland

2008  

Project: Delta, Marganovo / Hartera (former paper factory), Rijeka, Croatia (with Branka Juras)

2th T-HTnagrada@msu.hr, Croatian Association of Artists - HDLU (organized by Museum of Contemporary Art), Zagreb, Croatia

Pomodni razgovori (2) / Concept  Store, Galerija ULUPUH, Zagreb, Croatia

Tu smo, The Old Printshop - Istria Museum of Contemporary  Art, Pula, Croatia

Artikulacija prostora (radovi u tijeku), Museum  of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia

4th Triennial of Croatian Drawing, Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (organized by Department of Prints and Drawings), Zagreb, Croatia

Paso Doble, Multimedia Cultural Center - MKC (organized by Croatian Association of Artists - HULU), Split, Croatia

2007

35th Split Salon, Diocletian palace basements - Croatian Association of Artists - HULU, Split, Croatia

T-HTnagrada@msu.hr Pavilion 19, Zagreb Fair (organized by Museum of Contemporary Art), Zagreb, Croatia

42th Zagreb Salon, Croatian Association  of Artists - HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2006

City Art Museum Ljubljana - Bežigrad Gallery 2

1st Vukovar Salon, Dvorac Eltz, Vukovar, Croatia

Sculpture & Object  XI (Socha  a Objekt XI.), Galérie Z, Bratislava, Slovakia

Split X-Generation, Vladimir Nazor Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

Contemporary Art in Split: New Generation, Croatian Association of Artists  HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

Contemporary Art in Split: New Generation, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia

Povratak u budućnost - 40 godina Galerije SC: Parada hitova: 80te, 90te, 00te, SC Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2005

Post-Sculpture, Croatian Association of Artists – HDLU, Zagreb, Croation

Le due rive, Galleria di Art Contemporanea, Le due rive, Termoli, Italia

Punta arta- muzej na otoku, Galerija Arsenal, Zadar, Croatia

Plavi salon – 17th Triennial of Croatian painting: Neo-Modernism or Another Turn of the Century, Gallery of Fine Arts at the Civic Museum, Zadar, Croatia

Punta arta- muzej na otoku, Zlarin, Croatia

39th Zagreb Salon: “Umjetnost je medij,” Croatian Association of Artists - HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

Inkrustacije, Palača Milesi (organized  by Croatian Association of Artists - HULU), Split, Croatia

2004

Gemine Muse 2004, Ivan Meštrović Gallery, Split, Croatia

Nova Splitska fotografija, Gradska galerija, Motovun, Croatia

New Croatian Sculpture, HDLU Osijek / Kazamat Gallery, Osijek, Croatia

Base Camp - Arte Giovane dall’Europa, Merano Arte edificio Cassa di Risparmio, Merano, Italia

Forgotten Places, Multimedia Cultural Center - MKC, Split, Croatia

2003

8th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

2002  

Drawing Gallery of Arts, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Plavi salon – 16th Triennial Exhibition of Croatian painting, Gallery of Fine Arts at the Civic Museum, Zadar, Croatia

Hope, Prima Store Building (organized  by Multimedia Cultural Center - MKC), Split, Croatia

Slow Watching - Contemporary  Croatian Painting, Casal Balaguer (organized by Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2nd Mediterranean Biennial of the Arts, Kheir Eddine Palace, Tunisia, Tunisia

The New Fragments, SC Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2001

Anthological Works of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia

26th Salon of Young Artists, Pavilion 5 - Zagreb Fair (organized by Croatian Association of Artists - HDLU), Zagreb, Croatia

2000

Juraj Plančić Gallery, Stari Grad/Hvar, Croatia (with Ivana Franke)

13th Adria Art Anale, Diocletian Palace basements, Split, Croatia

St. Krševan Gallery, Šibenik, Croatia

Ethno Ambient - Art Workshop Exhibition, SC Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

1999

SG 2.0/Salon Galić Gallery, Split Croatia (with Krisitina Restović)

2nd Military World Games, Officer’s Club, Zagreb, Croatia

Ethno Ambient, SG2.0 / Salon Galić - Croatian Association of Artists - HULU, Split, Croatia

Small Changes, International Urban Planning Seminar, ZKM, Zagreb, Croatia

1998

Ethno Ambient, Gradina, Solin, Croatia

29th Split Salon, Diocletian palace basements - Croatian Association of Artists - HULU, Split, Croatia

1997 

Miniature Biennial, Protiron Gallery - Croatian Association of Artists - HULU, Split, Croatia

Ethno Ambient, The Old Castle, Ston, Croatia

1700+, Dicoletian Palace International Architectural Seminar, Gripe Fortress, Split, Croatia

Exploration of Traditional Media, Starabolnica – Multimedia Cultural Center – MKC, Split, Croatia

Young Croatian Art Scene, Youth Center, Split, Croatia

1996

26th Split Salon, Diocletian palace basements - Croatian Association ofArtists - HULU, Split, Croatia

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art , Zagreb, Croatia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Split, Croatia

Gallery of Fine Arts – Civic Museum Zadar, Zadar, Croatia

 

AWARDS

2009   36th Split Salon Award, Croatian Art Society, Split, Croatia

2006   Annual Young Artist Prize, Croatian Art Society, Zagreb, Croatia

2005   Grand Prix, Filip Trade Contemporary Art Collection Prize, Zagreb, Croatia

2003   Grand Prix, 8th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Zagreb, Croatia

 

RESIDENCIES

2017  Art Omi Residency Program, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York, USA

2006  ArtsLink Residency Program, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, United States of America

2005  Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Studio Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France