Goran Trbuljak

Born in 1948 in Varaždin, Croatia. Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Zagreb based artist Goran Trbuljak has been active since the late 1960s, in the context of conceptual art and the so-called New Art Practice. While searching from the very beginning for alternative means of production and representation of the artwork, Trbuljak has redefined the status of artistic context, asking radical questions about the autonomy of the system of museums and galleries and about the mechanism by which something is accepted as art. He tested the accidental as the key moment of creating work mechanism, organizing exhibitions in streets and hallways. For the artist a simple gesture could function as a critique of the artistic and social system. Still, there are typical traces of humor and self-irony in Trbuljak’s oeuvre.

Selected solo exhibitions

Goran Trbuljak: a never before seen work by an unseen artist, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia.
Goran Trbuljak. Before and After Retrospective, MAMBo – Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy.

Goran Trbuljak: Before and After Retrospective, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.

Un artiste sans galerie est comme une patate sans la friteuse, Galerija dr Vinko Perčić, Subotica, Serbia.
Umjetnik bez galerije isto je što i krumipir bez friteze, a galerist bez galerije je kao friteza bez ulja, Museo-Muzej Lapidarium, Galerija Rigo, Novigrad, Croatia.

Što je Torbuljak, a što su torbuljaci, Galerija Vladimir Bužančić, Zagreb, Croatia.
Zatvoreno – otvoreno, Galerija 3.14, Zagreb, Croatia.
Sketches for Sculpture (Stone, Marble, Iron), 1993-2015, Galerija SPOT, Zagreb, Croatia.

GT: monogram, monograph, monochrome, monologue, P420, Bologna, Italy.
Goran Trbuljak, Torbuljaci, Art Gallery Kula, Split, Croatia.

Monografije, Radnička galerija, Zagreb, Croatia.
Personal and others obstacles, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana.

Press Release, Galerija AŽ Atelieri Žitnjak, Zagreb, Croatia.

Personal and others obstacles, Greta, Zagreb, Croatia.
Monochrome & Mongram, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany.

Anonymous Post Post Modern Modern Artist, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany.

Galerija Rigo, Novigrad, Croatia.

Slavonski Brod, Croatia.

Work in progress, Gallery O.K., Rijeka, Croatia.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

Gallery Dante, Umag, Croatia.
Galerija Rigo, Novigrad, Croatia.

Staklena paleta, Gallery Dante, Umag, Croatia.
Art workshop Lazareti, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Ograničeni radovi, Galerija Hajdarović, Slavonska Požega, Croatia.

Cultural-informational centre, Zagreb, Croatia.

Galerija Sesame, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Retrospective, some works, Galerija proširjenih medija, Zagreb, Croatia.
Exhibition of ready made, August Šeon Library, Zagreb, Croatia.

Ovom izložbom održavam kontinuitet u svom radu, Studio of Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.
Living and working space, Hotel Dubrovnik, room 222, Zagreb, Croatia.
u predvorju kina SC, Galerija proširjenih medija, Zagreb, Croatia.
Retrospective, Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.

Gallery of Student Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia.
Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy.
Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy.
Il nome ben scritto fa l’artista, Studio 167e, Torino, Italy.
Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia.

Galerija Remont, Warsaw, Poland.
Galerie 28, Paris, France.
Galeria Znak, Bialystok, Poland.
Atelier Milch Strasse, Freiburg, Germany.

Artiste Anonyme, Galerie des Locataires, Paris, France.
Gallery of Student Cultural Centre, Zagreb, Croatia.

Space, Frankopanska 2a, Zagreb, Croatia.
Fine art salon tribine mladih, Novi Sad, Croatia.
I don’t want to show anything new and original, Gallery of Student Centre, Zagreb, Croatia.

Selected group exhibitions

Umjetnost je sumnja / Art is Doubt I/III, Lexart Skladište, Zagreb, Croatia.
Collection of Contemporary Art: Marino Cettina, Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria, Croatia.

Contemporary Art from Croatia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Recollection – A Journey After 28 Years, PROYECTOSMONCLOVA, Mexico City, Mexico.

Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb), The Showroom, London, United Kingdom.
LA FINE DEL NUOVO | THE END OF THE NEW, Prsten Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.
The End of the New, P74 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Think of this as a Window, MUT, Mutina HQ, Fiorano, Italy.
The Eighties: The Heritage of 1989 / Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Low-Budget Utopias, Second Recycling, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

My sweet little lamb (Everything we see could also be otherwise), Galerija Nova and other venues, Zagreb, Croatia.
Non-Aligned Modernity. Eastern-European Art from the Marinko Sudac Collection FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy.

Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, MoMA, New York City, USA.
Pula Film Festival: Cinemaniac 2015 – Motovun Video Meeting 1976, MMC Luka, Pula, Croatia.
Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons: Works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Theatre of Operations. Phase I: Reconnaissance, TU – Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva, Switzerland.
Art Has No Alternative, (An Archive of Artists in Action), tranzit.sk, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Coffee & Ink, Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogota, Colombia.
Personal Cuts – Art Scene in Zagreb from 1950s to now, Carré d´art – Musée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, France.
Permanent playfulness, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil.
Artevida: política [politics], curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Rodrigo Moura
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Decades of Revolt, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Gallery 5, Stockholm, Sweden.
Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, USA.

Das Beste vom Besten. Vom riskanten Geschäft der Kunst, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
… Was ist Kunst? …. Resuming a Fragmented History, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria.
The Present and Presence: Repetition 3 – The Street, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Das Blut an meinen Händen, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

You Are Kindly Invited to Attend, Open Systems – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna, Austria.

About Painting, Abc Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.
A Complicated Relation, part I, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden.
Images Projected Until It Vanishes, Museion, Bolzano, Italy.
Curated by_Vienna 2011: East by South West, Galerie Georg Kargl, curated by Ana Janevski, Vienna, Austria.
COCO (Contemporary Concerns), Kunstverein, Vienna, Austria.

You are kindly invited to attend, Aanant & Zoo Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
The Promises of the Past. A discontinuous history of art in Eastern Europe, Pompidou Centre, curated by Christine Macel and Joanna Mytkowska Paris, France.

The Death of the Audience, Secession, curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Vienna, Austria.
Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany.

Bit international. [Nove] Tendencije, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

On Unknown Works, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Sun on the Wall, steirischer herbst, Graz, Austria.
…und so hat Konzept noch nie Pferd bedeutet, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria.
Living Art on the Edge of Europe, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.
Trajectory 1, LCCA, Riga, Latvia.
Venture II, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

51st Venice Biennial, Museo Fortuny, Croatian Pavilion, Venice, Italy.
Insert: Retrospective of Croatian Video Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

Beyond Geometry, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
Kurze Karrieren, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria.

By the way, Josip Račić Studio, Modern Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.

Triennial New Delhi, New Dehli, India

Global Conceptualism – Points of Origin 1950s -1980s, Queens Museum, New York City, USA.

47th Venice Biennial, Croatian Pavilion, Venice, Italy.
XXV Annale: Prema minimalismom, Dom hrvatskih likovnih umjetnika, Zagreb, Croatia.

Exhibition of food and drinks, Galerija proširjenih medija, Zagreb, Croatia.
Words and Paintings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

The Horse Who Sings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
Mjesto i sudbina, Art workshop Lazareti, Galerija Sesame, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Šest hrvatskih umjetnika – Umjetnost defanzive, neoegzistencijalizam, Galerija Zvonimir, Zagreb, Croatia.
Nova Hrvatska umjetnost, Moderna Galerija, Zagreb, Croatia.
A Casa / At Home, Campo s. Polo 1658, Calle dei Botteri, Venice, Italy.

Avant – Gardes Yugoslaves, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Carassonne. Travelled to Musée de l Abbaye Sainte Croix, Les Sables dOlonne and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Toulon, France.
Jugoslavenska documenta 89, Olimpijski centar Skenderija, Galerija grada Sarajeva, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovnia.
Simplon Express, Central train station, Paris, Gare de Lyon, Paris, Dijon, France; Lausanne, Switzerland; Milan, Venice, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia.

Art – Critique in the middle eighties, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia.
U susret, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

Artist in crisis, Gallery of Student Center, Georgetown Univesity, Washington DC, USA.
Values, Podroom, Zagreb, Croatia.
Inovacije u hrvatskoj umjetnosti sedamdesetih godina, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.
Internationale Jugendtriennale + Meister der Zeichnung, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany.

Za umjetnost u umu, Podroom, Zagreb, Croatia.
Moderne Kunst in Kroatien, Rathaus, Mainz, Germany.

(Identitet = Identità), IV susreti u Motovunu, Motovun, Croatia.
Video International, Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark.
Works on paper, Galerija Doma omaldine, Belgrade, Croatia.
Video susreti jugoslavenskih i taljanskih umjetnika, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

3rd International Open Encounter on Video, Galleria Civica dArte Moderna, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy.
Kritičke dijagnoze, Umetnostni paviljon, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.
Aspekte – Gegenwärtige Kunst aus Jugoslawien, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria.
Passeport, Aspects 75 – Contemporary Yugoslav Art, The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.

Art Video Confrontation 74, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.

Tendencije 5 (t-5), Tehnički muzej, Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, Croatia.
8eme Bienale de Paris, Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.
Još jedna prilika da budete umjetnik, Galerija studentskog centra, Zagreb, Croatia.
Poste restante, (u organizaciji Galerie des Locataires), Düsseldorf, Germany.
Trigon 73, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria.
Dokumenti o posobjektnim pojavama u jugoslavenskoj umetnosti 1968 – 1973, Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.

1. aprilski susreti, Galerija studentskog kulturnog centra, Belgrade, Serbia.
VII Internationale Malerwochen, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria.
French Window, Paris, France.

At the Moment, Space at Frankopanska 2a, Zagreb, Croatia.
In Another Moment, Gallery of Student Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia.
Primeri konceptualne umetnosti u Jugoslaviji, Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.
Mogućnosti za 1971, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.
7eme Biennial de Paris, Musée d´Art Moderne, Paris, France.