May 2, 2019
Dubrovnik for the first time independently at the Venice Biennale
HRT Magazin
May 2, 2019
Sanda Dicak/V.M./Radio Dubrovnik/HRT


Three Dubrovnik artists, Slaven Tolj, Izvor Pende and Marijana Vukic Pende, are preparing for the 58th Venice Biennale.

For the first time, Dubrovnik will present itself independently at the most famous contemporary art fair, thanks to the friendship of these two cities and their cultural cooperation.

As a result of the 2012 twinning agreement between Dubrovnik and Venice, which supports the cultural co-operation of cities, Dubrovnik presents itself at the Venice Biennale with the exhibition 'Place of Intermittent Departures'.

The internationally renowned artists with their Dubrovnik address Izvor Pende, Slaven Tolj and Marijana Pende are presented in the Tesa 100 space in Arsenal, the heart of the Venice Biennale, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually.

The presentation of Dubrovnik by this exhibition in Venice aims to create continuity in work and continue to promote the city as a point that recognizes the contemporary artistic moment in its environment of a high degree of civilization and respect for cultural and artistic heritage.

This exhibition, which opens in Venice on May 9th at 5pm, is one of the most significant and challenging projects in the cultural calendar of Dubrovnik and Croatia this year.

Artists Izvor Pende and Marijana Pende, as well as project curator Jelena Tamin, presented works specially made for this exhibition in Venice

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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