Mladen Stilinović was born in Belgrade on April 10, 1947. In 1972 he started making collages and researching poetic speech, political and everyday discourse in relation to visual signs and different materials: he used collages to make his first artist’s book Govorili su mi su ti (They Spoke to Me to You) in 1973. In 1973 Stilinović made Početnica 1, 2, 3 (Premier 1, 2, 3), a trilogy of short silent films accompanied with a text, during which the audience had to read out loud words and images. This conceptual work revealed the artist’s interest in the street design which later became visible in his photographic books. This is also the most lucrative cinematic year for Stilionvić. Stilinović’s first solo exhibition was in 1976 in the Gallery Nova in Zagreb. Stilinović has always been interested in language, often a very direct clash between the language of politics and everyday language in art. By manipulating the language of politics and symbols of communism, he criticized society and social factors in a subversive manner and with a big dose of cynicism. After the fall of communism, Stilinović expanded his study of language to include social aspects of various societies and their interrelationship. He used his “linguistic games” to stress foremost the cynicism of power, emphasising his argument with humour and irony.

Mladen Stilinović
Belgrade, 1947 - 2016

Past Exhibitions

Eastern-European Art from the Marinko Sudac Collection

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea
27/10/2016 — 23/12/2016

Julije Knifer and Mladen Stilinovic

Private: Michael Janssen Singapore
19/09/2015 — 28/11/2015

It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve

Para Site
09/03/2013 — 28/03/2013

Solo Shows


White – Skin, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona

(ES) 1+2 ≡, Mladen Stilinović, MUAC, Mexico City (MX)


White Absence, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

(AT) Nothing Gained with Dice, e-flux, New York. NY (US)

Mladen Stilinovic, Espaivisor, Valencia (ESP)

Insulting Anarchy, Croatian Association of Artists, Pula (CR)

Mladen Stilinovic, Park View, Los Angeles (US)

Mladen Stilinovic, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris (F)


Plješćite sebi labudovi / Applaud to yourselves, Swans, Studio Golo brdo, Rovinjsko selo (HR)


gb agency, Paris (FR)

Zero for Conduct; A Retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR)


Húd rá! / Sing!, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (H)

Dialogue – Cvjetanović – Stilinović, Galerie Elbaz, Paris (F)

Insulting Anarchy, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (A)


Crvena nit / Red Thread (with Vjačeslav Akhunov), Galerija Nova, Zagreb (HR)

Rani crteži i kolaži / Early drawings and collages, Lj. Posavskog 9, Zagreb (HR)

Artist’s Books, E-Flux, New York (US) VOX Contemporary Image, Montréal (CA)

I have no Time – Artist’s Books, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (PO)

Group Shows


Der „Geist“ ist die Memorie, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)

La Réplica Infiel (The Unfaithful Replica), CA2M, Madrid (ES)

Not Knowing When the Dawn Will Come, Silvia Cintra + Box 4, Rio de Janeiro (BR)

Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bucharest, (RO)


Demonstrating Minds Disagreements in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (FI)

Nennen, benennen, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz (AT)

Assaig sobre la fatiga (General Indisposition. An Essay About Fatigue), Fabra i coats – centre d’art contemporani, Barcelona (ES)

Thirty One, National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina (KO)

…An die Arbeit… Über künstlerisches Produzieren, Landesgalerie – Landesmuseum Oberösterreich, Linz (AT)

ARK D-0, Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground, Konjic (BA)

Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Contemporary Galleries, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art New York, New York (US)

Grammar of Freedom / five Lessons: Works from Arteast 2000+, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (RUS)

Art Has No Alternative (An Archive of Artists in Action), Tranzit Slovakia, Bratislava (SK)

The Translator’s Voice, Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain de Lorraine, Metz (FR);

MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Pontevedra (ES);

SFKM – Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde (NO)

Shifters: Signaling in Latin America and Eastern Europe, gba agency, Paris (FR)


Mouvement III – The City Performed. Le Mouvement – Performing the City, Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt, Biel (CH)

Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room/Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin (DE)

artevida, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (BR)

It May be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve, Para Site, Hong Kong (CN)

aBook [artist’s book], Galerija Galženica, Velika Gorica (HR)

Atlas of Modernity – 20th and 21st Century Art Collection, Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi, Lodz (PL)

In These Great Times, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (NO)

Tabula Rasa, Muzej svremene umjetnosti Istre, Pula (HR)

Playtime, Kunstbau, München (DE)

Crime In Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (PL)

Mladen Stilinović: May Day & Tadej Pogačar: Snow In April, Espaivisor, Valencia (ES)

Politicization of Friendship, MMSU, Ljubljana (SI)

Personal Cuts. Art Scene in Zagreb from 1950s to now, Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes (FR)

Une histoire (art archi design / des années 80 à nos jours) / A History (art architecture design, from the 80s to now), The collection of the Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)

Le Mouvement: Performing the City, Biel (CH)

Borroworros: In Search of Symmetry, HDLU, Zagreb

I would prefer not to, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (NL)

Just as money is the paper, gallery is the room, Osage Art Foundation, Shanghai (CN)

Draga umjetnost, Gallery Nova, Zagreb (CR)

Un Saber realmente útil, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid (ES)

The Century oft he Bed: Points of View, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna (A)

The Praise of Laziness, Trade Gallery, Nottingham (GB)

Estetika elektriciteta – spiritualnost i vizualna umjetnosti iz fundusa MMSU, Mali salon, MMSU, Rijeka, (CR)

Permanent Playfulness, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo (BRA)

Factory Showroom: Idleness, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (US)

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Belgrade Country of birth: Serbia Date of birth: 1947 - 2016