EXHIBITIONS: Serbian Art at the One Club

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Publikum Calendar Project
Since 1993, a Serbian collective called FIA Art Group has been creating, in conjunction with Belgrade printer Publikum, calendars in a project intended to "reinspire the Serbian arts community during their nation's most troubled time of isolation, war and poverty," according to FIA. For the first time, art from this project is being shown outside Serbia, in a "Publikum Calendar Exhibition," themed "12 years of creating something out of nothing in Serbia," at New York's One Club Gallery (www.oneclub.org). Moreover, the show. which runs through Dec. 10, features the 2005 calendar, created by New York design studio Karlssonwilker, whose principals went to Belgrade "to explore 'live' Serbian design and culture, process it and offer a modernized image and interpretation to a Serbian and international audience," according to Karlssonwilker. "Not only did they bring an innovative approach to the traditional medium, they came up with a new creative genre altogether," says guest curator Laetitia Wolff of design consultancy Futureflair (www.futureflair.com). "It's called 'performance design.' It requires that designers go to Serbia, see what happens, follow their guts, hunt from the chaos and find 12 concepts, one each day during 12 days, for a 12-page calendar." Art from the exhibition is seen here. See www.artkalendar.com and www.karlssonwilker.com for more.
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