press release

MILIJA PAVIĆEVIĆ | EXIT STRATEGIES OF THE SELF curated by Walter Seidl 2nd October – 8th November 2014
Exhibition opening: Thursday, 2nd October 2014, 6 pm
Opening speech: Walter Seidl, 6.30 pm
Afterwards Prince Nikola Petrović Njegoš will play the flute solo of Debussy's Syrinx.
At the same time the catalogue Milija Pavićević – Exit Strategies of the Self with an essay by Walter Seidl will be presented.
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

Milija Pavićević is part of a generation of artists that developed a conceptual artistic language in the 1970s and later pursued this idea in various forms and ways in the context of neo-vanguard tendencies. Pavićević's principal themes include the artistic analysis of the Self as well as a formalistic orientation in terms of the Neo-Geo movement arising in the 1980s and recurring to a modernistic language of form. The current exhibition primarily deals with the Self as an ephemeral something, bereft of all religious formation oscillating between a creation of meaning and nihilism, assuming a place in a metaphysical yet fathomless universe. The impossibility of choice as regards the individual's existence brings up questions that Pavićević deals with in his oeuvre by reflecting on life and death in terms of his own image and, thereby, challenging the ephemeral character of being. (excerpt from Exit Strategies of the Self by Walter Seidl)