Life without Frames, 2009

performans documentation

director & camera: Gordana Brzović
editing: Igor Kožić

Shouting “Let’s break all frames!,” Kožarić uses a handsaw and a hammer to demolish various wooden frames holding empty canvases, inviting the audience to get rid of all their frames in the same way.

I.K., Happy / Overjoyed / Delighted… 2009

Instead of feeling frustrated because of the loss of his studio in 2007, where he had been working for more than 40 years, the artist dealt with moving into a new atelier as an opportunity for yet another new beginning. Slowly appropriating the new rooms, among his first artworks made in the new setting there are three inscriptions in which he has registered his state of being happy, overjoyed, and delighted with his situation.

Ivan Kožarić was born on 10 June 1921 in Petrinja, Croatia. In 1943 he took up studies at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, where he was taught by professors Frano Kršinić, Vanja Radauš and Antun Augustinčić. He graduated and subsequently completed a master course by professor Augustinčić in 1949.
Kožarić first exhibited his works in 1953. In 1959/60 he spent a brief period in Paris. At the beginning of sixties he was member of the Zagreb cult group Gorgona. His works were presented in around 100 one-man exhibitions and some 200 group and thematic exhibitions. His most notable appearances were at the Alexandria Biennale, the exhibition La jeune sculpture in Paris in 1960, the Venice Biennale in 1976, Biennale in Sao Paulo in 1979, in the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 2002 and at the Kassel Documenta 11 in 2002. His sculptures stand in public spaces across Croatia. Among the many awards he received, the Josip Račić Prize of 1994 and the Vladimir Nazor Lifework Prize of 1997 should be mentioned. Kožarić is represented in numerous contemporary art collections in Europe and the world. The whole of his studio, comprising over 6000 works, was purchased in 2007 and is on permanent display in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.