Ivan Ladislav Galeta

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Ivan Ladislav Galeta (9 May 1947, Vinkovci – 7 January 2014, Zagreb) was a Croatian multimedia artist, cinematographer and film director.

Ivan Ladislav Galeta lived in the village of Kraj Gornji near Zagreb. He graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb (1967), Visual Arts at the Teacher Training School (1969) and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (1981). From 1977 to 1990, he was head of the Multimedia Centre (MM) of the University of Zagreb’s Student Centre, Croatia’s first distributer of Yugoslav and international experimental film and video. He founded and managed the art cinema Filmoteka 16 (1991–1994). He taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb: as assistant from 1993, assistant professor from 1997, associate professor from 2002 and full professor from 2007. In 2013 he was granted tenure. He initiated the establishing of two new study courses: new media (2000), followed by animated film and new media (2004).

In 1969, he started making films and in 1975 videos. In 1973, he started exhibiting his objects-installations, photographic installations, expanded film presentations, videos, works for TV, texts, sound installations, ambient installations, ecological projects and actions. In the mid 1990s, he adopted the ecological orientation in art by referring to Henry David Thoreau, Karel Čapek, Masanobu Fukuoka, Bill Mollison, James Joyce, Bela Hamvas, Claude Monet and others. His works are held in the Contemporary Art Museum in Zagreb, Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Oberhausen, Avignon, Croatian Film Association… He was awarded several major awards, including the 1988 “Vladimir Nazor” annual state award (Water Pulu 1896 1896), the 1999 Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres Order of France by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic, and the 2012 “Vladimir Nazor” state award for lifework in the visual arts field. (Source)

  • Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Zagreb: Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, 1979. [1] (Croatian)
  • Ivan Ladislav Galeta – Obsession: Structuring Time and Space, ed. Dietmar Schwärzler, 2007. Six films on DVD, with booklet. Publisher.
  • Ivan Ladislav Galeta: Krajolik nulte točke / Zero Point Landscape / A nullpont tájképe, Zagreb: Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, and Budapest: Paksi Képtár, 2013, 224 pp. Publisher. Excerpt. [2] [3] (Croatian)/(English)/(Hungarian)
See also

Croatia#Experimental film, Croatia#Video_art