Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents ´Missing Colours´, the third solo exhibition of David Maljkovic. With ´Missing Colours´, David Maljkovic (Croatia, 1973) has taken a new road within his investigation of the history and the future of modernistic concepts. His place of residence Novi Zagreb – a part of the town that was built in the Socialist period – was point of departure for this new exhibition.
Colour plays the leading role in ´Missing Colours´. Inspired by a key scene from the Yugoslav comedy ´Balkan Spy´ (1984) in which an artist throws coloured paint against the grey apartment buildings and is picked up by the police, various colours are alternately projected from a slide projector at a monumental pedestal. The room is filled with the reflection of the coloured slide series. In this light the walls show new collages on canvas. A second slide series in the back of the room shows a sculpture photographed at various locations outside Zagreb.
With ‘Missing Colours’ David Maljkovic puts an accent at the current situation rather than referring to events in the past. Despite the intensity of the colours the exhibition emphasises the literal and figurative emptiness of a failed utopia that at this moment can be seen not just in Novi Zagreb, but at many places in the world.
David Maljkovic received recently the International Contemporary Art Prize Diputacio de Castello, which was presented by the province of Castello (Spain). The jury praised him “for the new sense that he gives to the photographic scale and to the architectural iconography of he modern movement. From the collage and the pages of magazine, the Croatian artist has been able to articulate the memory of a society that has not abandoned the utopia, with all its contradictions". Recent solo exhibitions were amongst others at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 in New York, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Kunstverein Hamburg (2007); CAPC, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (2007). With his work David Maljkvovic is represented at a number of group exhibitions, amongst which the Bienal de Sao Paulo 2010, de 51e October Salon in Belgrade, ´5x5 Castello 2010´ in het EACC in Castello, ´Rehabilitation´ at Wiels in Brussels, de Istanbul Biennale, ´Les Promesses du Passe´ in Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2008.