IN FORMATION IN LIQUIDATION, the exhibition on the unfinished University Hospital Zagreb staged in the extension of MSU Zagreb, was closed on October 3, 2020. This also marked the end of MONTAЖ$TROJ’s year-long residency program in cooperation with MSU Zagreb. The residency was envisioned and realized as a hybrid laboratory for studying, further developing, and interpreting the existing archival material, as well as producing new knowledge on the public health system and the unfinished University Hospital Zagreb.
During the residency, the purpose of the (multimedia) display of materials and related activities shifted from an audio-visual recording studio for the citizen’s reflections on the subject of the unfinished hospital in the project ENCOUNTERS and a workshop for producing content for a printed monograph in collaboration with various experts to a stage for performances in the project THE ZONE, which examined the reasons for the suspension of works through representations of different phases of construction, and finally the exhibition IN FORMATION IN LIQUIDATION, open to the public since May 8, 2020 and serving as the final product of the year-long residency that allowed for a critical study of the materials.
The exhibition comprised photographs, official documents, propaganda and video materials from public and private sources, and a selection from hundreds of newspaper headlines presented on a timeline following the construction of the hospital, from the formation of the work organization to the beginning of the liquidation process. The exhibition was rounded off with an original model of the hospital in Blato, valuable not only as an archival document but also as a work of art in its own right. Thanks to the initiative of the artist collective MONTAЖ$TROJ, this valuable model should become a permanent property of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.