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In March 1991 the collector and publisher Francesco Conz, in collaboration with the Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti - MSU Zagreb, invited a few artists who had been part of Gorgona, the Croatian avant-garde group active between 1959 and 1966, to an artistic residency at the castle of Brunnenburg in Merano, Italy. This residency should have resulted in a publication linked to the monumental project Conz dedicated to Ezra Pound - La Livre, which was never completed.
During their residency, the five artists created thirteen works of art as well as fifteen hand-made copies of each work. All of which were created on the same size of paper. These works should have been part of a box, an art edition that initially should have included large-scale reproductions of seven of the group's old works, printed on canvas in Como, in addition to en eight obtained by merging the former in a continuous strip to create sort of a "collective work" - together with photographs documenting the residency, historical photographs and video interviews filmed in Brunnenburg. Conz died in 2010 but the box was never finished, although all of its components had been created, except for the folder that was supposed to contain them. The works of the artists have since remained in F. Conz's Archive.
At Brunnenburg, Knifer proposed his classic "meander" theme, a geometric structure characterized by the contrasts between black and white, which he introduced at the end of 1959 as a form of "anti-painting". Nena Dimitrijević identified it as a synonym of his "artistic identity" and claimed that he, inspired by Primary Painting and Hard Edge aesthetics, adopted a form of conceptualization of the artistic practice which identifies with a single pictorial solution, a symbol that is the sublimation of radical will.
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Knifer, Julije




Scotti, Marco
Zinelli, Anna






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Julije Knifer
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Knifer, Julije, “Untitled,” MoRE, accessed July 28, 2021, http://www.moremuseum.org/omeka/items/show/58.

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