Point of Interrupted Departures – Opening at Biennale 2019

Finally, the Venice Biennale is back! What that means? The arty crowd (and everyone who wants to associate with it) travels to Venice from all over the world to enjoy the best modern art the world currently has to offer. That also means that you constantly walk into lovely people you know while roaming the old streets of Venice. Among them: lovely people like our Bonnie, who was the headlining DJ at the opening of the art show »Point of Interrupted Departures«, which was set up by the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik.

City of Dubrovnik and the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik present the group show
Point of Interrupted Departures
that coincides with the 58th Venice Biennale 2019

11.5.19 – 24.11.19

Featured artists: Izvor Pende, Slaven Tolj, Marijana Pende
Commissioner: City of Dubrovnik, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik
Curated by Jelena Tamindžija

Opening: May 9, 2019, 5 PM followed by a party headlined by Berlin-based DJ BONNIE aka Aleksandra Anna Skwarc


The Point of Departure in the works of three artists represents the starting point of a movement that is not the straightforward one and does not follow a clearly defined and visible path. In a society that measures its evolutionary impact as the movement always focused on the future and the direction of always moving “forward”, stopping and contemplating one’s own meaning of doing something appears to be a problem in the movement. The fear of stopping carries with it the fear of Lacan’s confrontation and identification with our own “self”, the recognition of our own defeat and the possible realization that our movement is meaningless, that our own so called revolutions do not lead anywhere. A fear of riding on a train without the number and without the last station.

The group show gathers internationally acclaimed, Dubrovnik born and bred, artists: Izvor Pende (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), Slaven Tolj (Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, coupled with numerous international art shows such as Documenta) and Marijana Pende (Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice).

The layering of the work of three artists Izvor Pende, Slaven Tolj and Marijana Pende elude the clear definition of the artwork and consciously explore their own work and practice by constantly interrupting their own point of departures and exploring the constantly new pathways. Its oeuvres are retained on the border between figurative/abstract binary oppositions, sculpture/object, performance/situation, artwork/drawing of the child, questioning the power of the border as a place of provocation of the divisions taken for granted.


The group exhibition Point of Interrupted Departues presents a fulfillment of town-twinning agreement from 2012 that puts forward the agenda of strengthening cultural exchanges between sister cities welcoming a large-scale contemporary art exhibition. Rather than solely focusing on their rich heritage, with this project both cities put an emphasis on the contemporary moment and the demonstration of the strong contemporary art scene presence.


The foundation of MOMAD is based on national art from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, but its interests lies in everything that happened after that, especially the contemporary moment of Croatian and international art.
MOMAD has been housing shows of many international aclaimed artists, art collections and art historians, among others, it cooperated with Catherine David, Jean de Breyne, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr in der Alten Post and private Swiss collectors, Jan Fabre, Braco Dimitrijević, Kunsthaus Zürich/Giacometti Foundation, Ahmet Ertuğ and Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation and TBA21-Academy.


Point of Interrupted Departures
Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord, Venice, Italy

Map: Directions / Google maps
Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm (closed on Monday)