Mario Matoković – Conversation with Noise


Conversation with Noise

Mario Matoković appeared for the first time on the national art scene in 2008 when he took part in a collective show at the Gallery SC in Zagreb, which was succeeded by solo exhibitions. In the last fourteen years of his professional biography solo and collective shows have followed quickly upon each others’ heels and have given a very clear insight into the artistic poetics of this visual artist, who uses several different media in which to make himself heard. But be it a matter, of photograph, print, installation or performance, the common denominator of the works of Mario Matoković has always been a recognisable artistic poetics that is manifested in the artist’s concrete engagement where social anomalies and the problems they give rise to are concerned. In his works, he constantly reacts critically to inveterate social inequities, showing as he does so a distinctly developed social awareness and sensitivity. In this context we can recall, for example, works Homeland, Flag or work Strategy of Hypocriticism, that he showed in 2018 at his individual exhibition The Unbearable Lightness of Inertia in Salon Galić in Split as well as works Don’t say anything, don’t react, Uncertain Spaces and Croatian Cultural Tent from the show In Pursuit of Good Governance put on in the same year in the Galerija Galženica in Velika Gorica and the recent To all of those people who destroyed my city which represented him in the Osijek Ideas Factory. These are just a few of the exhibitions in which Matoković has spoken out very openly in his art problematising all the negativities of our society. He reacts to injustice, nepotism, lack of culture… and other anomalies preceded by a minus sign. In his work in art to date his visual articulation was partly woven at the level of a personal encounter with injustice, about which he spoke out in the media: “The social engagement of my works has its footing in my personal story; I have lived and go on living what I have the need to criticise, all those social “irregularities” that overtook my wife and my parents”. Mario Matoković was born in 1985, which puts him, in terms of age group among those artists to whom we usually give the label “younger generation”. And so we wondered whether it was a big burden for a young man to keep on standing up to these problems. Did he feel lassitude and satiation, did he need a change, a deviation from the theme of society? He replied to these questions last year in an interview ( for the Vizkultura portal; As for the theme of society, I have already said that it has to an extent begun to weary me, and in recent times I have had the impression that I am starting to recycle my ideas and should probably step back from such concepts For this reason I began to think about how I might involve someone else in my work, instead of being the only one to be critical, so now I’m thinking about my art along those lines”. This interview for the portal overlapped in time with our invitation to the artist to present his work in the Virtual Gallery of the Art Pavilion. He was glad to respond to the present writer saying that in the work Conversation with Noise he was endeavouring to step away from socially engaged themes and relax during the process of work, letting himself be led by the now iconic statement of Ivan Kožarić “Freedom is a rare bird”. It is in this spirit that Matoković, as he says, approached the new work from a totally fresh perspective, unburdened of and liberated from his previous socially engaged themes, finding inspiration for a new piece in – a building. The artist was impressed by the building of the Art Pavilion on which the earthquake had left its devastating handwriting. He was impressed by the cracks arising from this natural disaster. But in them he does not just see mere material damage, for his artistic spirit sees in the damage an artistic work, he photographs the cracks and addresses them as fragments of a drawing that the earthquake left to be seen on the monumental building. With this act he places the fragments of the building on which damage is visible as platforms for some new solutions, artistic ideas stemming out of the catastrophe. Later he will give shape to these artistic ideas in the medium of the print. He uses the fragments in the printmaking process itself, transferring them to the zinc plate and placing them almost as historical artefacts – at both the mental and the visual level – re-composes and deconstructs them for the sake of a new construction.
Matoković points out that “setting down these ideas also takes it for granted that the person carrying out the work will become a part of this damaged and currently non-functional building that is of such great importance for the national culture and art”. We would agree with this evaluation and add that, in the same way, setting down this idea is at the same time the artist’s emotional dedication to the Art Pavilion and that his graphic record, as lasting memory, remains a witness of bygone times.


                                                                                                            Jasminka Poklečki Stošić


Technical specification of work:
Conversation with noise, 2022.
A series of intaglio prints
7 graphic sheets in an edition of 10 pieces
1000 x 700 mm, paper size
500 x 700 mm print size, matrix

Paper Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco, 285 gr.

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Details of works

List of exhibitions


2022. nagrada na „Međunarodnoj izložbi grafika i knjiga umjetnika GraficaRI” u Rijeci, Galerija Kortil
2018. Nagrada „Ex Aequo“, 26. slavonski bijenale: „Ravna ploča“, Muzej likovnih umjetnosti, Osijek
2017. 3. nagrada za video rad Zastava iz 2011. na 5. bijenalu suvremene umjetnosti u Novorosijsku u Rusiji
2016. finale Nagrade Radoslav Putar za 2016. godinu
2011. priznanje za uspjeh u razvijanju likovnog stvaralaštva u nastavi likovne kulture na natječaju
„Tradicija i suvremenost“, Udruga hrvatskih učitelja likovne izobrazbe, (UHULI)
2008. sudjelovanje u finalu natječaja Henkel Art Award 2008.
2007. Rektorova nagrada Sveučilišta Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku za akademsku godinu 2006./2007.



2022. Zagreb, Umjetnički paviljon u Zagrebu, Virtualna galerija, „Conversation with Noise”
2021 Zagreb, Galerija Prsten, “Kontinuitet tišine”, kustosica: Valentina Radoš
2021. Osijek, Osječka tvornica ideja, “To all of those people who destroyed my city.”
2021. Zagreb, Galerija VN, “Mjesta koja imaju razloga postojati”, kustosica Tanja Špoljar
2020. Koprivnica, AK Galerija, “200 000 koraka”, kustosica Tanja Špoljar
2018. Split, Salon Galić, „Nepodnošljiva lakoća inercije“, kustos Božo Kesić
2018. Velika Gorica, Galerija Galženica, „U potrazi za dobrom vladavinom“, kustos Klaudio Štefančić
2016. Beč, Austrija, Galerija Hrvatskog centra, „The Disasters of Nature“
2015. Zagreb, Galerija PM, „Umjetnost kao pokušaj reaktivacije“ (Matoković, Knežević), kustos Igor Loinjak
2014. Zagreb, Studio Kabineta grafike Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti, „The Disasters of Nature“, kustosica Ružica Pepelko
2013. Osijek, Galerija Kazamat, „Obiteljsko, nacionalno, zabilježeno, zaboravjeno“ (M.Rožman, A.Sladetić, M.Matoković, M.Šabić), kustosica Barbara Vujanović
2013. Grožnjan, Galerija Fonticus, „Metonimija ekonomije“, kustos Eugen Borkovsky
2012. Zabok, Galerija Green Room, „1/318658“, kustosica Vlatka Bosutić-Cvijić
2011. Zagreb, Galerija Događanja, „Hommage nevidljivom“, kustosica Ivana Gabrić



Split, Sveučilišna galerija u Splitu, Međunarodna izložba grafika i knjiga umjetnika GraficaRI
Zagreb, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Program umjetničkih akcija i performansa Ljeta u MSU-u, performans Dominacija
Rijeka, Galerija Kortil, Međunarodna izložba grafika i knjiga umjetnika GraficaRI

Osijek, Muzej likovnih umjetnosti, 27. slavonski bijenale: Slika kao virus
Zagreb, Galerija Bačva, 35. salon mladih: Millenial
Wave Hill, New York, USA, On-line projekt Art Off Screen, kustosica Eileen Jeng Lynch

Zagreb, Gliptoteka HAZU, 8. trijenale grafike
Zagreb, Galerija Prsten, Prostori Krajolika
Zagreb, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb, 12. izložba HT nagrada za suvremenu umjetnost
Venecija, Italija, grupna izložba Arte Laguna Prize 18.19, Arsenale

Osijek, Muzej likovnih umjetnosti u Osijeku, 26. slavonski bijenale: „Ravna ploča“
Koprivnica, 5. Festival izvedbenih umjetnosti i kazališta, Koprivnička sinagoga
Zagreb, 34. salon mladih: Panoptikon, Galerija Prsten

Novorosijsk, Rusija, Novorossyik Biennale 2017 / 5. bijenale suvremene umjetnosti u Novorosijku, “Museum of Fine Arts” / Art centar Angar
Odesa, Ukrajina, 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti u Odesi, koncept Mihail Raškovecki
Zadar, 21. međunarodni festival suvremenog kazališta ZADAR SNOVA 2017. / Perforacije 2017., performans p(r)osipanje
Pečuh, Mađarska, Galerija Nador, The Academy of Art Osijek in Pecs
Osijek, Performans Art Festival, tema: Sreća, koncept Marka Markovića, performans P(r)osipanje
Zenica, BiH, Muzej Grada Zenice, Aprilski susreti 2017.

Zagreb, Galerija Prsten, 33. salon mladih
Split, Podrumi Dioklecijanove palače, Rub slike ili granična područja
Zagreb, Kabinet grafike HAZU, 7. hrvatski trijenale grafike
Rijeka, Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti, FINALE 2016! Nagrada Radoslav Putar

Douro, Portugal, 2nd GLOBAL PRINT 2015
Zagreb, Platforma p_3, Izložba_4
Kalsruhe, Njemačka, V8 Platform, Projektraum Donau
Osijek, Kulturni centar Osijek, Publika – djelo – kontekst, kustos izložbe: Igor Loinjak
Temišvar, Rumunjska, Galerija Fundatei Inerart Triade, Projektraum Donau
Zaprešić, Galerija Novi dvori, 18. međunarodna izložba „Minijature”

Osijek, Galerija Kazamat, 1+1
Zagreb, Institut za suvremenu umjetnost, Hrvatski krajolik – poravnanja povijesti na imaginarnom horizontu, kustos izložbe: Lorenzo Fusi
Osijek, Galerija Kazamat, godišnja izložba članova HDLU-a, Novo lice grafike

Osijek, Galerija Kazamat, izložba Međunarodne radionice umjetničke grafike 2012./2013.
Zagreb, Galerija Kaj, 1. međunarodna radionica umjetničke grafike 2012.
Osijek, Muzej Slavonije Osijek, Starter 2

Osijek, projekt POPUP – Odbiennale
Zagreb, Galerija Klovićevi dvori, OFF Program
Zagreb, Galerija Prsten, 6. hrvatski trijenale grafike
Dordrecht, Nizozemska, 222lodge Extern: The inevitable – Video festival

Pečuh, Mađarska, Galerija Nador, izložba „Osijek – Pečuh“
Zagreb, Galerija SC, 7. Velesajam kulture

Labin, Gradska Galerija Labin, HDLU Grafika 1975. – 2009.
Osijek, Galerija likovnih umjetnosti Osijek, 22. slavonski bijenale

Osijek, Galerija Kazamat, HDLU Grafika 1975. – 2009.
Zagreb, Galerija Prsten, 5. hrvatski trijenale grafike

Split, Galerija Kocka, Krojcberg
Dubrovnik, Galerija Orlando, „Krojcberg“
Pula, Galerija Rojc, „Krojcberg“
Berlin, Njemačka, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Anonymous Drawings # 9
Osijek, Galerija likovnih umjetnosti Osijek, 21. slavonski bijenale
Zagreb, Galerija SC, 8. međunarodni festival studentskog kazališta multimedije, test!8



2008. „445,69 km“ (F. Badurina, A. Bukvić, J. Butković, I. Čabraja, M. Čaušić, I. Karlović, M. Krstačić-Furić, L. Mazalović, D. Posavec, A. Prutki, M. Sunko, D. Šokičić,
A. Tomić, A. Vivoda)



2023. Osijek, suautor i koordinator radionice “ORG. / Osječka radionica grafike”, zajedno s izv. prof. art. Marijem Čaušićem, izv. prof. art. Ines Matijević Cakić i Krunoslavom Dundovićem, umj. sur.
2022. Osijek, suautor i koordinator radionice “Tok i karakter; krajolik kao mogućnost” zajedno s doc. art. Vjeranom Hrpkom, listopad 2022.
2021./2022. Osijek, suautor i koordinator likovne radionice u sklopu projekta “EXPLORE(R) – Narativi prošlosti”, suradnja s Nansen dijalog centrom u Osijeku, idejni postav izložbe u Galeriji Kat, Kulturni centar Osijek
2021. Osijek, autor i koordinator radionice “Tok i karakter rijeke” zajedno s doc. art. Vjeranom Hrpkom (Zlatna greda, HR), izložba u Galeriji Knifer, listopad 2021.
2017. Osijek, koordinator i urednik izložbe „Starter3 – izložba nagrađenih studenata UAOS“, Galerija Kazamat, rujan 2017.
2017. Osijek, suradnik na predavanju i organizaciji izložbe „Kemija u umjetničkoj grafici“ u sklopu Simpozija kreativne i kulturne industrije – Kreativna riznica
2016. Osijek, voditelj radionice na Simpoziju kreativne i kulturne industrije – Kreativna riznica, radionica „Funkcija dizajna“
2015. Osijek, voditelj (zajedno sa izv. prof. art. Mariom Čaušićem) grafičke radionice sa studentima Umjetničke akademije u Osijeku,
manifestacija Tjedan mozga: Ljudska komunikacija
2012. Osijek, sudionik na 1. međunarodnoj radionici umjetničke grafike CUG 1
2011. Novi Sad, Srbija, sudionik međunarodne radionice A3. Format D.I.Y. workshop
2011. Sremski Karlovci, Srbija, sudionik međunarodne radionice Employ Youth 2011
2010. Subotica, Srbija, sudionik međunarodne konferencije Pannonian Reunion, suradnja udruge Kulturanova (Novi Sad) i Udruge za kreativni razvoj Osijek
2006. Pula, Hrvatska, sudionik radionice Krojcberg workshop



2022. u sklopu Erasmus+ programa boravio tjedan dana u Wroclawu, u Poljskoj, kao predavač na Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design Wrocław, tema predavanja: Modra galica kao jetka u grafici
2016. u sklopu Erasmus+ programa boravio dva tjedna u Tallinnu, u Estoniji, kao predavač na Estonskoj akademiji umjetnosti, tema predavanja: Netoksični pristup u klasičnoj grafici


Mario Matoković was born in 1985 in Osijek, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in Osijek, Department of Fine Arts in 2010. He is professionally engaged in artistic activities in the field of contemporary arts through graphics, video, installations and art photography media. He has taken part in many fine arts workshops, and has exhibited in numerous Croatian and in few international exhibitions. He is a holder of the Rector’s Award of the J. J. Strossmayer University in Osijek. In 2016 Mario was one of the finalists of Radoslav Putar Award, award for young visual artists in Croatia up to 35 years of age, in 2017 received 3rd award 5th International Biennale of Contemporary Fine Arts in Novorossyisk, Russia and in 2018 received Ex Aeuqo Award on 26th Slavonian Biennale in Osijek, Croatia. Initiator of the Art in residency program as part of the MMML Studio project, which was conceived as a platform for visual research in the form of short art residencies, but also projects that contribute to the improvement of creative-critical thinking within the community. Lives and works in Osijek, Croatia.



2010. diplomirao na Umjetničkoj akademiji u Osijeku, Odsjek za Likovnu umjetnost, studij Likovne kulture
2004. završio Školu za tekstil, dizajn i primijenjene umjetnosti u Osijeku



lipanj – srpanj 2019. Umjetnička rezidencija ART OMI Arts Center, Ghent, New York, SAD


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