Mladen Bizumic (b. 1976) is an artist who lives and works in Vienna and Auckland.
For Bizumic, photography is a valuable, precise, yet obsolete “image-object making” informed by the relations between analogue and digital technologies, socioeconomics, and contemporary art. Bizumic researches the production, distribution, and reception of art in order to demystify aesthetics and show it as collective, egalitarian, and accessible.
Recently he took part in the group exhibitions at the Leopold Museum, Vienna (2018); Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna (2018); Zacheta - the National Art Gallery, Warsaw (2017); Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2017); Sies + Hoeke, Düsseldorf (2016); the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York (2016). Bizumic also participated in the 3rd Vienna Biennale (2019); 10th Istanbul Biennale (2007); 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007); 9th Lyon Biennale (2007); 5th Busan Biennial (2006); 4th Scape Art and Industry Biennial, Christchurch (2006); steirischer herbst festival - Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (2006); 1st Auckland Triennial (2001).
His work is held in major public and private collections including MUMOK, Vienna; MAK – the Museum of Applied / Contemporary Arts, Vienna; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; Te Papa - the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington; FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France; Chartwell Collection/Auckland Art Gallery; the Victoria University Art Collection, Wellington, among others.
Bizumic’s work has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions both at the public and private galleries including Camera Austria, Graz (with Sophie Thun) (2019); MOSTYN, Wales (2017); Georg Kargl BOX, Vienna (2012, 2015, 2019); 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).
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. Major 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).
Mladen Bizumic is represented by Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna.