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Discovering Art

Art and Text Experiment

Language – or the written word – is the primary medium in literature and other text-based disciplines and media, but it can also serve as a primary media in art practice. Despite the fact that text had long been used in visual art of the past, conceptual artists from the 1960s onward emphasised the importance of text in expressing their concepts and ideas.

Many conceptual artworks from Yugoslavia in the late 1960s and early 1970s dealt with text, creating some of the masterpieces of Yugoslav art history. Working and experimenting with text took various forms: textual statements, visual poetry, art installations, body art, performances or interventions in open spaces or galleries.

Conceptual art practice from the Vojvodina region largely approached and employed text as an experiment, in which it constituted a kind of stream, an intersection between literature and visual art known in art history as 'Vojvodinian textualism'. Some examples of post-neoavantgarde art practice since the 1980s continued in this manner, often including multimedia in their approach. You can find some such examples in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina. 

“Discovering Art” is an educational portal where you can discover interesting facts about art and museums of art.

The online portal Discovering Art is the collaborative effort of four institutions:

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Fundació Antoni Tàpies from Barcelona, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška from Slovenj Gradec.

The portal is part of the European project Performing the Museum.