IN SITU: Vedran Kopljar (& parents) — MEAN


M HKA, Antwerp

18 May 2024 - 08 September 2024

As facetious as it may be, meaning as an entity has oftentimes struck me as being mean – mean-natured. Meaning is mean-natured, is what I want to propose. I question what it is to be -natured and so I drift into questions of what is cultivated and civilized. Probably because I want to think about cultivation and civilization. Maybe I am being mean in proposing meaning to be mean-natured. Notice how I don’t question myself being mean-natured and only question if I was temporarily being mean to a certain entity. Typical!

ON MEANING, Vedran Kopljar

Creating and cultivating meaning stand at the heart of Vedran Kopljar’s art. In his practice—which includes painting, video, performance and words—Vedran Kopljar continuously searches for and experiments with different systems used to create meaning. For him, conceptualizing an art exhibition or playing a game of Remi (a variant of Rummy) are equally significant experiences in this quest for making more or less sense. Each action or interaction represents an opportunity to experience, reflect upon and challenge specific sets of rules and formal processes. Both conceptual and existential, Kopljar’s works attempt to grasp and understand the underlying logic behind the construction of reality and the making of its norms and values.

Vedran Kopljar apprehends the space as a closed circuit. At times logical, at times contradictory, but never conclusive, a constellation of painted works plays with the idea of forming a cohesive system. The works on display include didactic paintings boldly enunciating words and designs; poems as paintings; painted game scores, and psychedelic paintings resembling mental images that exist outside any classification Kopljar manipulates a variety of registers: educational language and ideological terms are intersected with laid-back expressions and uncontrolled phrasings, all of which contribute to his experiment with the mechanisms of learning and unlearning, identification and standardization, consciousness and abstraction.



A musical reading on meaning
Saturday 18 May, 16:00
Card game with musical accompaniment
Players: Vedran Kopljar, Vladi Kopljar, Rada Kopljar
Music: Jan Suzy

Vedran Kopljar
Artist talk
Thursday 27 June, 19:00
Programmed as part of Front Row, a series of artist talks jointly organized by M HKA and NICC.


The M HKA would like to express its gratitude to Vedran Kopljar for his commitment and generosity throughout the development of this exhibition.Thank you to Thomas Huyvaert, Vladi Kopljar, Rada Kopljar,…..With the generous support of Claessens Artists’Canvas, Waregem.

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