David Maljković | A Long Day for the Form | Opening 17.09.2012

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T293, based in Naples, is pleased to announce the opening of its new venue in Rome on Monday 17 September 2012. Located in a celebrated, vibrant, rich in history area, T293 Rome intends to relaunch in order to actively inscribe itself into the established yet constantly growing contemporary art galleries scene in the city. Redesigned in collaboration with Italian design firm RestartMilano the space expresses great character and personality.

The venue debuts with an exhibition by David Maljković (Zagreb, 1973). T293’s first collaboration with the Croatian artist dates back to 2005 and the exhibition A Long Day for the Form celebrates his return featuring works from part of his current engagement with architecture and modes of display.

A Long Day for the Form focuses on David Maljković´s conceptual practice of restaging and re-presenting existing objects or displays that has already been thoroughly explored in shows at Sprueth Magers, Berlin, Kunsthalle, Basel, Sculpture Centre, New York and Secession, Vienna. Enigmatic traces, missing artworks and small interventions such as sound and light reveal themselves to the viewer from other contexts and contents.

The exhibition brings together three different groups of works in which the presence of emptied forms, frames, and structures enhances the absence of what would be expected to normally be there to be looked at, and shifts the stress from the artwork to the lack of it, from the exhibition to the act of exhibiting itself.

Engaging with the gallery space through a play of subtraction and removal, Maljković’s interventions are made up of lights, sounds, and architectural compositions which seem to create a frame for other potentially endless exhibitions. A 16 mm projection of an invisible moving image, an imposing installation from which only the sound of chirping crickets is let out to be heard, and captions of disappeared Vjenceslav Richter’s artworks construct a time and a place that could be here and wherever, now and whenever.

David Maljković lives and works between Zagreb and Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel (with Latifa Echakhch, 2012), Sculpture Center, New York (with Lucy Skaer, 2012), Secession, Vienna (2011-2012), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2009), Kunstverein Hamburg (2007) and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2007). Recent group exhibitions include La Triennale, Paris (2012), Bucharest Biennale 5 (2012), Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2011 -2012), Arnolfini, Bristol (2011), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2011) and the 29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include a major survey exhibition co-produced by Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK and GAMec, Bergamo and which will be held in these prestigious institutions in 2012-2013.

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