Maja Bajevic

Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page
Institutions/museums Migros Museum of Contemporary Art
Institutions/museums Centre Pompidou

Award2010Veuve Clicquot Italy AwardItaly
Scholarship2010Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst des Landes BerlinLand BerlinBerlin (DE)
Promotion2008Bourse de la Ville de ParisVille de ParisParis (FR)
Artist in residence2008 - 2009IaspisInternational Artists Studio Program in SwedenStockholm (SE)
Artist in residence2006 - 2007artistic residency programDAADBerlin (DE)
Artist in residence2001 - 2002artistic residency programCollegium HelveticumZurich (CH)
Artist in residence1999artistic residency programBoston (US)
Scholarship1991 - 1992Cité des ArtsParis (FR)
AwardResearch grantDRACParis (FR)

Solo exhibition2017Migros Museum für GegenwartskunstZurich (CH)
Group exhibition201556. Venice Biennale 2015 - International Pavilion "All the World’s Futures"Venice BiennaleVenice (IT)
Group exhibition2013Macht der MachtlosenKunsthalle Baden-BadenBaden-Baden (DE)
Solo exhibition2012To Be ContinuedDAAD GalleryBerlin (DE)
Solo exhibition2011Continuara / To Be ContinuedMuseo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Crystal PalaceMadrid (ES)
Group exhibition2007Documenta 12DocumentaKassel (DE)
Group exhibition2006October Salon 2006Belgrade BiennaleBelgrade (RS)
Solo exhibition2005The 1st at ModernaModerna MuseetStockholm (SE)
Solo exhibition2004Good Morning BelgradeMuseum of Contemporary ArtBelgrade (RS)
Solo exhibition2004Step by StepP.S.1 MoMALong Island City, New York (US)
Group exhibition2004I need a radical changeGallery NovaZagreb (HR)
Group exhibition2004How do we want to be governedMACBABarcelona (ES)
Group exhibition2000Manifesta 3 Ljubljana 2000International Foundation ManifestaLjubljana (SI)
Group exhibition1999Under ConstructionSCCASarajevo (BA)
Solo exhibition1995Wet Paint on Iron GatesGalerie BernanosParis (FR)

Artworks in Collections
Centre George PompidouParis (FR)
NasjonalmuseetOslo (NO)
MACBABarcelona (ES)
National Gallery of Bosnia-HerzegovinaSarajevo (BA)
Moderna MuseetStockholm (SE)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary ArtKanazawa (JP)
Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques (CNAP)Paris (FR)

Monography2017JRP Editions SAMaja Bajevic: Power Governance LaborMaja Bajevic (Autor), Heike Munder (Autor), Barbara Biedermann, Manuel Borja-Villel, Boris Buden, Ana Janevski978-3037644973Geneva (CH) Raphael Gygax
Monography2008Edizioni Charta SrlMaja Bajevic978-8881586707Milan (IT) Angela Vettese

Research & teaching
professorship2005 - 2008Fine ArtsUniversità Iuav di VeneziaVenice (IT)
professorship2010MA Public Art and New Artistic StrategiesBauhaus UniversityWeimar (DE)
professorship2000 - 2001Professor, Post-diplômeEcole Nationale des Beaux-Arts LyonLyon (FR)

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