SIZ Gallery was founded in 2009, at the initiative of artists and curator Nemanja Cvijanovic. By 2010. the Gallery acts as one of the most important programs of the NGO The Other Sea. Active participants of the gallery are, artists and designers,: ABS group, Art Fun Club, Milijana Babic, Tomislav Brajnović, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Focus Group aka Iva Kovac and Elvis Krstulović, Igor Grubic, Janez Jansa, Sinisa Labrovic, Cesare Pietroiusti, Oliver Ressler, SCRAP, Slaven Tolj and associations NGO The Other Sea. SIZ Gallery is designed as an artist run gallery in which all artists are actually shareholders of the Gallery, and jointly decide on the program, promotion, guest appearances, etc.
In 2011. members of the Gallery established the NGO SIZ, thorugh which annual programme the Gallery continues to exist. In 2013. SIZ (NGO and the Gallery) starts a collaboration with Museum of modern and contemporary art in Rijeka - its annual program will be presented in the Mali salon gallery in Rijeka's main street Korzo. SIZ is defined by artistically never more relevant model of functioning of the collective association of equal individuals whose puropse is joint appearances in the art system. SIZ Gallery through a specific approach to artistic system emerged as one of the most interesting programs in Rijeka and beyond. Small, independent, rapidly rotating exhibitions thar connect Croatian contemporary art scene with artists from both the immediate region and other countries. Programme of the Gallery, through the presentation of some of the most interesting tendencies in contemporary art, which in a determined way, reflect social reality and its various, specific, dimensions such as politics, culture, ideology, cultural policy, etc., is aimed at informing the public and creating a critical counterbalance to the programs of large institutions.
With the founding of the Gallery and later by founding of the Association SIZ they try to act positively in the exhibition scene in Rijeka, where the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art had created a positive impact on the cultural life of the city, primarily educating audiences for contemporary visual language. Unexpectedly large and encouraging interest in international and regional art scene for SIZ Gallery which annually receives dozens of offers for collaboration, and in a way has become an important center of contemporary visual arts and cultural scene in general.
Through Gallery SIZ to date the following has been achieved ...
2009.: Nemanja Cvijanovic, Sinisa Labrović, Slaven Tolj, Igor Grubic, Sinisa Labrović, Club of Art Lovers and Oliver Ressler; 2010.: exhibitions Tomislav Brajnović, Cesare Pietroiusti, ABS Group, Rodion, Janez Janša, Janša and Janez Jansa, the artist duo Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri (also director and advisors one of the most important international exhibitions - Document 13 - Ms. Carolyn Christov Bakargiev); 2011. Vlado Martek, Marijan Crtalić, collective GREY, art group Claire Fontaine, Sasha Huber, Milijana Babic, and Marko Markovic; 2012 and 2013.: Alexi Kukuljevića, Ivan Moudov, Stefan Pasquini, Ciprian Muresan, Ibro Hasanovic, Kristina Norman, Giuliana Racc0, Hudradea Collective and Fokus group.
Summary: NGO SIZ (SIZ - Self-management community of interests) is running the SIZ gallery. The Gallery started as a programme organized by the NGO Drugo more (The Other Sea) in 2009. During its 3-year long existence the Gallery created a certain recognisable profile of visual content in regional and local cultural community.
It gradually became a significant point of contemporary artistic production and pratice. The content it presents is focused on works of Croatian and foreign artists that reflect various dimensions of social reality and its numerous fine nuances in specific ways.