The last Yugoslav Dokumenta, with Marina Abramović, 1989
ABRAMOVIĆ, Marina, et al.: JUGOSLOVENSKA DOKUMENTA ’89 [Yugoslav Documents ’89]. With numerous multicolour illustr. after works by over 200 artists. Sarajevo: 1989.
ABRAMOVIĆ, Marina, et al.: JUGOSLOVENSKA DOKUMENTA ’89 [Yugoslav Documents ’89]. Olympic Centre »Skenderija«, Galleries of the city of Sarajevo. July 1st through August 1st, 1989. With numerous multicolour illustrations after works by Marina Abramović, Julie Knifer and around 200 other artists. Sarajevo: 1989.
4mo. 274 [24 (colofon, index of names, ads)] pages. Cliché and colour offset printing on glossy paper, thread stitched in original multicolour pictorial wrapper on mauve stock.
Comprehensive, profusely colour illustrated catalogue of the Jugoslav Dokumenta 1989, the last of this exhibition series before the brutal decay of Yugoslavia started in 1991, with contributions 200, mostly contemporary Yugoslav artists, e.g. Marina Abramović and Julije Knifer.
Content, Illustration: The exposition took place in the Sarajevo (today Bosnia-Hercegovina) Olympic Centre, originally inaugurated for the Winter Olympics in 1984, and the show was organised by the leading art museums and galleries in Belgrade, Ljubljana, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Marina’s contribution consists of an Boston polaroid titled »TUESDAY SATURDAY. 1986«. Julije Knifer is present with a map with print. – Apart from this a historical section shows works by avantgarde artists like August Černigoj.
All entries with colour photo reproduction of the works in question, titles, sizes and the techniques used by the artists, in most cases also biographical abstracts, as well as addresses and telephone numbers (!) of the living artists. Foreword by Muhamed Karamehmedović, as well as essays by Ješa Denegri („The Reason For The Other Line«, about 20th century art in Yugoslavia) and Davor Maticevic („A View of The Eighties«) in English.
Condition: Cover with minimal traces of wear, otherwise very fine copy.
Rarity: WorldCat records 5 copies only in institutional holdings outside former Yugoslavia (MoMA (NYC), Padova UL, Princeton UL, Stedelijk (Amsterdam), Tate (London).