NOVA TENDENCIJA

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Nos 3, 4 and 5 (of 5 published). Zagreb, Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, 1965/1970/1973. Softcovers, 20 x 21 cm, b/w ills. Three catalogues of the significant exhibition series ‘Nova Tendencija’ (New Tendencies) organized by the Galerija suvremene umjetnosti/ Gallery of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, former Yugoslavia (later to become the Museum of Contemporary Art). Five shows took place in total from 1961 to 1973. Texts in Serbo-Croation and English with some French, Italian, German and Russian. Nouvelle Tendance/ New Tendency was an art movement founded in Yugoslavia in 1961, but soon became international in scope as part of the broader European post-informel art movement in the 1960s and 70s.
The exhibition series in Zagreb developed into a dynamic platform dedicated to visual research of art and new (computer) technologies. Participating artists and artists groups included Bruno Munari (IT) , Heinz Mack (DE), Piero Manzoni (IT), François Morellet (FR), Otto Piene (DE), Dieter Roth (DE), Günther Uecker (DE), Henk Peeters (NL), Herman de Vries (NL), Julije Knifer (CZ), Picelj (CZ), Gruppo Di Ricerca Cibernetica (IT) Equipo 57 (ES) and Zero. Catalogues included are (1) Nova Tendencija 3, 1965. First edition of 600, 180 pp. Edited by Bozo Bek, Radoslav Putar et al. Presents the fourth international meeting, a year-long event treating the new topic of computers in the domain of art. Featuring Gerstner, Morellet, Munari, De Vries, Rot, Peeters, Ricerca Cibernetica Gruppo, Equipo 57 and others. Includes the text ‘Kinetic art and our environment’ by Frank Popper. Slight rubbing on black cover, else very good. (2) Tendencije 4 / Tendencies 4, 1970. First edition of 1000. Exhibition, seminars titled ‘computers and visual research’, also contains a section on ‘typoetry’, experimental tendencies in contemporary (concrete/visual) poetry. Curated by Biljana Tomic et al, catalogue edited by Bozo Bek. Artists include Gustav Metzger, Otto Piene, Gruppo Ricerche Cibernetiche among others. Moderate toning on cover, else a very good copy. (3) Tendencije 5 / Tendencies 5, 1973. Texts by Radoslav Putar, Nena Dimitrijevic et al, 137 pp. Explores constructive visual research, computer visual research and conceptual art. Featured artists include Giulio Paolini, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Ludwig Rase among others. Pages loose in binding, else very good.

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