Mladen Bizumic is an artist who lives and works in Vienna and Auckland. For Bizumic, art is both critical and affirmative “image making” informed by - technological, socioeconomic, and art historical circumstances - which expands into restructuring of the exhibition as a format.
His work has been included in numerous major exhibitions such as the 9th Lyon Biennale; 10th Istanbul Biennale; 3rd Vienna Biennale; steirischer herbst festival '08 Graz; 2nd Moscow Biennial and 1st Auckland Triennial.
Bizumic makes photo-based installations that appear like sites or scenes that await event of their occurrence. Bizumic sets up arrangements that are always 'works' plus their x value. The x value stands for a number of contextual factors that constitute any exhibition (location, architecture, duration, institution etc.). There is a constant tension between the works and their display, the content and the context. Bizumic's practice is not about choosing one or the other but about the permanent, precise and playful change of attention values. This fills space with time, opens up potentialities and creates new points of perception. His works blur the dichotomies between - culture and nature, historical and contemporary, here and elsewhere - into a de-centered ecosystem.
His work is held in the following permanent public collections and museums: MUMOK, Vienna; MAK – the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; Te Papa - the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France; the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki; the Victoria University Art Collection, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington; the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; the University of Auckland Art Collection; the October Salon Collection, Belgrade; the Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland; the Hocken Collections, University of Otago, Dunedin, among others.
Bizumic’s work has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions both at the public and private venues including Camera Austria, Graz (with Sophie Thun) (2019); MOSTYN, Wales (2017); Georg Kargl BOX, Vienna (2012, 2015, 2019); Artissima, Turin (with David Maljkovic) (2015); galerie frank elbaz, Paris (2014); Zamek - the Centre for Art, Poznan (2013); Auckland Art Gallery (2001, 2013); Neuer Kunstverein Wien (with Andreas Fogarasi) (2012); Salon of the MOCA Belgrade (2012); Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2011); Zoo Galerie, Nantes (2008); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2007); Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2004); Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2003); ARTSPACE, Auckland (2002); Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010.)
Recently Bizumic’s installations have also been exhibited at the Leopold Museum, Vienna (2018); Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna (2018); Zacheta - the National Art Gallery, Warsaw (2017); Sies + Hoeke, Düsseldorf (2016); the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York (2016).
Some awards and nominations include the Photography Residency London of the Federal Chancellery of Austria (2020); the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography for The Last Photograph (nomination), the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2018); the Creative New Zealand New Work Grant, Wellington (2011); the Berlin Visual Arts Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2006); the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago (2004); the Artist-in-Residence, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2003); the Fowlds Memorial Prize for the most distinguished student in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, University of Auckland (2000).
He studied art theory and cultural studies (PhD programme) with Diedrich Diederichsen at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and obtained his Bachelor in 2001 as well as his Master in 2003 (with First Class Honours) degree in Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
Mladen Bizumic is represented by Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna.