Accelerate Croatia 2017
Tomo Savic-Gecan is a Croatian artist who almost as rule exhibits 'nothing'. Conceived in the manner of tabula rasa, the author's projects function as empty sites filled with various charges, concealed tensions, references and interlinkings. By intervening in space, the basic ‘material’ of his work, the artist initiates marginal, uncommon interactions between the space, viewer and the non-existent object of exhibition. Dematerialization, absence and emptiness are the consequences of the specific treatment of gallery space.
He has exhibited in numerous Croatian and international galleries and museums such as Kunsthalle Basel, PS1 New York, Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), De Appel (Amsterdam), Apexart (New York), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Kunsthalle Bergen and has participated in major international events including Manifesta, the Venice Biennale and the Taipei Biennale.
In 2017, he completed a one-month residency at CERN as winner of Accelerate Croatia, a programme organised between Arts at CERN, KONTEJNER and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. In March 2020, his first retrospective exhibition opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. In the form of a minimalist intervention on the wall, the work Untitled, 2018, resulted from his residency at CERN, was exhibited at the 2020 Sculpture Garden Biennale and will be exhibited in the permanent exhibition of MAMCO Geneva.