Missing Colours

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
Missing Colours

Laurierstraat 187-189
1016 PL Amsterdam
October 23rd, 2010 - December 23rd, 2010

Canal Girdle
+ 31 20 3302066
Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat 1-6


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.