“Rikard Benčić”, For Example / “RIKARD BENČIĆ”, NAPRIMJER

Co-directed by: Nadija Mustapić, Marin Lukanović

Documentary film
HD video, PAL, 16:9, color, 35 min

Production specifications:
Language: Croatian, with English subtitles
Authorship: Nadija Mustapić and Marin Lukanović
Concept: Nadija Mustapić
Camera: Marin Lukanović
Editing: Nadija Mustapić and Marin Lukanović
Production: The Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Rijeka, Croatia
The film was co-financed by: The City of Rijeka Office for Culture, Primorsko-Goranska County


About the film:

Rikard Benčić, For Example was commissioned by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka (MMSU) in 2008 to capture the memory of a building in the center of the city of Rijeka, the so called T-Object in the closed down “Rikard Benčić” factory. The city of Rijeka aimed to restore the T-Object and transform it into a new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. After over 15 years of planning, the canceling of the entire project has been announced in 2013 due to the lack of finances.
Completed in 2008, the film announces the development of the Museum master plan in the T-Object, which was current actuality at the time, and talks about the memory of the building and the past times of an industrial city. Today, while the city that lost its industry is still in search of a new identity, the film continues to talk about the old and the new memories of a building, which is still an object of reflection of (post)transitional changes in the local context.


The film is a story about transformation and transition – of facts, time, emotions and expectations.

In part, it is a story about a building in Rijeka from the end of 19th century known as the Rikard Benčić factory, which hosted different industries, stood vacant in a state of semi-ruin for years, and is soon to be transformed into a new building of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Its history represents Rijeka′s traumatic bout of deindustrialization, which raises polemics about revitalization of its postindustrial urban zone and finding a planning consensus to re-tailor the cities′ identity. Its transformation into the Museum represents a key point in the city′s new strategic plan. This port-city has been developing over the past decade of post-war economy decrease a new interest for a cultural renaissance and finally, tourism.

In other parts, it is also a story about the post-socialist transition period in the country and this city, consisting of lots of fast decision-making towards the western Modernity and of long periods of waiting: for economic backups, for bureaucracy to follow through, for politics to kick in or fall out…

Most of all, it is a story that reveals a series of emotional truths of workers who worked most of their lives in the ex Rikard Benčič factory: their moving recounts about the ″heroic″ times of progress, friendship, equality and well being, which ended in the turmoil of the 1990s – war, national aptness, the fall of worker’s unions…


Festivals / Screenings:

– August 2008 – 6th Liburnia Film Festival of documentary film, Ičići, Croatia
– October 2008 – screening at 5th Anniversary of The University of Rijeka Thrust, Filodramatika, Rijeka, Hrvatska
– December 2008 – screening at Art Kino Croatia, Rijeka, Croatia
– October 2008 – screening at  Patching the City – workshop, The Architects′ Association, Rijeka, Croatia
– November 2010 – screening at 3rd Congress of Croatian Architects′ Association,  Split, Croatia
–  January 27th – March 8th, 2012 – group exhibition – The Inner Ear, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU), Rijeka, Croatia,  (curated: Sabina Salomon, Ksenija Orelj, exhibition from the Museum collection)
– April 13th, 2013 – screening at 1st Student Congress ″Students for Human Rights″, The University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
– June 20th, 2013 – screening at Molekula, Rijeka, Croatia –  as part of photography exhibition ″Abandoned premises″; organized by Drugo More
– January 31st – March 1st, 2014 – group exhibition –  “Europe.South East – Recorded Memories”, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU), Rijeka, Croatia
– April 26th, 2014 -screening at Art Kino Croatia, Rijeka, Croatia – part of 6th International Rijeka Conference on Industrial Herritage
– August 12th – September 7th, 2015 – group exhibition –  From the Giant’s Belly, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU), Rijeka, Croatia
– May 27th – November, 27th 2016 – presented as part of the “We Need It – We Do It” project and installation at national Croatian Pavilion – 15th Venice Biennale Archittetura (Commissioner: Zlatko Hasanbegovic, PhD, Minister of culture; Ministry of Culture; Curator: Dinko Peračić; Exhibitors: Dinko Peračić, Slaven Tolj, Miranda Veljačić, Emina Višnić.; Venue: Arsenale)



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