Vlado Martek

Born 1951 in Zagreb, HR
Lives and works in Zagreb, HR

The base of Martek's artistic praxis consists of writing, poetry, and language. By vocation, he is a multimedia conceptual artist, poet and writer, and his oeuvre includes actions, agitations, ambiances, murals, graffiti, texts on his own art, prints, artpostcards, sculptures, poetic objects, paintings, art books and staged photography. Since the 1970s he has worked across different media in order to renegotiate and find new forms of language. Through his work, he offers analytical, critical, ironic and humorous comments on societal structures and constructs. Typically he engages in linguistic subversion, oscillating between the visual arts, poetry and his own artforms of pre- and post-poetry. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented internationally at institutions such as the MoMA Ljubljana, Slovenia, Studio Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, and many others.

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Exhibitions
Sonett mit Punkt (Sonnet with dot), 2011

pencil on paper with white pencils and mirror,
45.5 x 34.7 cm

Sonett mit Reflexen (Sonnet with reflexes), 2011

pencil, mirror and white pencils on paper, 45.5 x 37.5 cm

3 Bijela olovke, 2010

white pencils on paper, white pen, 20.5 x 29 cm

Bijela Olovka, 2005

pencil on paper, white pencil, 42 x 29.7 cm

Homo turisticus (1/2), 1976

Poetic agitation, Moscenicka Draga, Croatia

Homo turisticus (2/2), 1976

Poetic agitation, Moscenicka Draga, Croatia

Optimist, 1979

Poetic agitation, Repulic Square, Zagreb, Croatia

Erecting an anti-monument to André Breton, 1987

Poetic agitation, Maksimir Park, Zagreb, Croatia

Europa-Trieste, 2011

Silkscreen print, 38 x 47,5 cm, edition of 30 (28/30)

Svevo-Saba, 2011

Silkscreen print, 38 x 47,5 cm, edition of 30 (28/30)

Spinoza, 2011

Silkscreen print, 38 x 47,5 cm, edition of 30 (28/30)

I Renounce the Poetry, 1980

Stamping ink on paper, 29,4 x 21 cm

I Renounce the Metaphor, 1980

Pencil on paper, Pencil, 29,4 x 20,8 cm

Lieber Kafka (Dear Kafka), 1996

Photocopy of book page, yarn, 27 x 21 cm

Selbstbildnis (Self-Portrait), 2001

Photography on cardboard, gauze bandage, pill on frame, 27 x 33 cm

Fünf (Five), 1987

Pigment, opaque white, pencil and mirror on wrapping paper, 108 x 84 cm

Der Schmerz (The pain), 1987

Pigment, opaque white, pencil and mirror on wrapping paper, 124 x 90 cm

God, 1994

Pigment and mirror on wrapping paper, 124 x 89 cm

Brrrr, Amerika (Brrrr, America), 2005

Map, pigment and mirror on paper, 48 x 35 cm

Ah, Amerika (Ah, America), 2005

Map, pigment and mirror on paper, 24 x 34 cm

Der Vogel und das Fatum (The bird and the fate), 1992

Collage, pigment and pencil on paper, 33 x 68,5 cm

Das Chaos (The chaos), 1995

Pigment, pencil and collage on paper, 49,5 x 33,5 cm

Agitation: Lesen Sie Gottfried Benns Gedichte (Agitation: read Gottfried Benn's poems), 2002

Photography, black and white copy, 5-part work, 29,7 x 21 each