Maja Bajevic

Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page
Institutions/museums Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Institutions/museums Centre Pompidou

Award2010Veuve Clicquot Italy AwardItaly
Scholarship2010Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst des Landes BerlinLand BerlinBerlin, Germany
Promotion2008Bourse de la Ville de ParisVille de ParisParis, France
Artist in residence2008 - 2009IaspisInternational Artists Studio Program in SwedenStockholm, Schweden
Artist in residence2006 - 2007artistic residency programDAADBerlin, Germany
Artist in residence2001 - 2002artistic residency programCollegium HelveticumZurich, Switzerland
Artist in residence1999artistic residency programBoston, USA
Scholarship1991 - 1992Cité des ArtsParis, France
AwardResearch grantDRACParis, France

Solo exhibition2017Migros Museum für GegenwartskunstZurich, Switzerland
Group exhibition201556. Venice Biennale 2015 - International Pavilion "All the World’s Futures"Venice BiennaleVenice, Italy
Group exhibition2013Macht der MachtlosenKunsthalle Baden-BadenBaden-Baden, Germany
Solo exhibition2012To Be ContinuedDAAD GalleryBerlin, Germany
Solo exhibition2011Continuara / To Be ContinuedMuseo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Crystal PalaceMadrid, Spain
Group exhibition2007documenta 12documentaKassel, Germany
Group exhibition2006October Salon 2006Belgrade BiennaleBelgrade, Serbia
Solo exhibition2005The 1st at ModernaModerna MuseetStockholm, Sweden
Solo exhibition2004Good Morning BelgradeMuseum of Contemporary ArtBelgrad, Serbia
Solo exhibition2004Step by stepP.S.1 MoMALong Island City, New York, USA
Group exhibition2004I need a radical changeGallery NovaZagreb, Croatia
Group exhibition2004How do we want to be governedMACBABarcelona, Spain
Group exhibition2000Manifesta 3 Ljubljana 2000International Foundation ManifestaLjubljana, Slovenia
Group exhibition1999Under ConstructionSCCASarajevo, B&H
Solo exhibition1995Wet Paint on Iron GatesGalerie BernanosParis, France

Artworks in Collections
Centre George PompidouParis, France
NasjonalmuseetOslo, Norway
MACBABarcelona, Spain
National Gallery of Bosnia-HerzegovinaSarajevo, B&H
Moderna MuseetStockholm, Sweden
21st Century Museum of Contemporary ArtKanazawa, Japan
Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques (CNAP)Paris, France

Monograph2017JRP Editions SAMaja Bajevic: Power Governance LaborMaja Bajevic (Autor), Heike Munder (Autor), Barbara Biedermann, Manuel Borja-Villel, Boris Buden, Ana Janevski978-3037644973Geneva Raphael Gygax
Monograph2008Edizioni Charta SrlMaja Bajevic978-8881586707Milano Angela Vettese

Research & teaching
professorship2005 - 2008Fine ArtsUniversità Iuav di VeneziaVenice, Italy
professorship2010MA Public Art and New Artistic StrategiesBauhaus UniversityWeimar, Germany
professorship2000 - 2001Professor, Post-diplômeEcole Nationale des Beaux-Arts LyonLyon, France

2005 - 2008

Research and teaching

Venice, Italy
professor at the Università luav di Venezia

2005 - 2008

Places of residence

Sarajevo, Paris, Berlin, Bosnia, France, Germany



Sarajevo, Yugoslavia



Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Diploma of the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo



Paris, France
Diplom und MFA in Multimedia, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

The multimedia work by Maja Bajević generally consists of collective performances, at which the artist often takes part herself, as well as of video works, installations and photographs. Since the end of the Nineties Bajević has dealt with the topic of her own unintended homelessness, has examined phenomena such as collective memory and individual remembrance, has translated terms like nationality and patriotism in artful works and has reflected on different levels of identity. Moreover, a re-occurring element of her work is the consideration of language as a means to create com- munity as well as identity on the one hand, and as a political instrument of power on the other hand. (27.07.2020)

In a large overview exhibition, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents the oeuvre of French-Bosnian artist Maja Bajevic (b. 1967 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). This exhibition concentrates on her works from the last ten years, supplemented by new pieces, which were produced for this exhibition. Since the mid-1990s, the artist has worked on a very wide range of different issues, encompassing globalisation, inclusion/exclusion, exploitation, neo-liberalism and their reciprocal effects. At the same time, Bajevic also repeatedly raises the issue of personal identity and homeland, and how these are constituted or “made impossible”. The presentation at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst demonstrates Bajevic’s ongoing work on themes like the abuse of power and religion, migration and marginalisation of the foreign, and the tension between local and global, while also positioning her oeuvre within the tradition of art that performs a social, informative function and focuses on changing prevalent convictions. (27.07.2020)


The Speaker photo The Speaker 1998 Maja Bajevic 
To Be Continued photo To Be Continued 2014 Maja Bajevic