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Exhibition for Those With No Time
December 30, 2010   
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The latest exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, I Have No Time, is the first exhibition in Poland to display the works of Mladen Stilinovic, one of Croatia’s leading artists. The exhibition features Stilinovic’s artists’ books from 1972-2010 and explores the area of artists’ books, an art form relatively little known in Poland.

The exhibition takes its name from Stilinovic’s first printed book, which has lost none of its relevance. “I wrote this book when I didn’t have any time. For this reason, I ask the reader to read it when there is no time,” Stilinovic says.

Stilinovic, a poet, video maker, and self-taught visual artist from Zagreb, writes in Artist’s Books, also on display at the exhibition, that art means nothing—in the context of social interaction—to him.

Stilinovic’s handwritten artists’ books only exist as single copies or limited editions. They make use of the most basic materials, like photos, newspaper cuttings, paper cards written on with chalk or pencil, and typewritten texts.

The artist himself expresses doubts as to the artistic merits of his books, which are often nothing more than a cluster of cards with a repeated quotation. While the books are sparse and minimalistic, they give a rare insight into the cultural and social history of the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s.

Open until Jan. 31

Museum of Modern Art; 3 Pańska St., Warsaw For more information, go to www.artmuseum.pl
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