Professor Balthazar and a monument to the invisible citizen
Behzad Khosravi Noori
May 18 – September 8 2019
The exhibition Professor Balthazar and the monument to the invisible citizen takes as its starting point the cartoon series Professor Balthazar– a childhood memory shared by people from a wide variety of cultures and countries across the world. Professor Balthazar is the ingenious scientist living in the colourful city Balthazargrad. With his magical machine he can resolve any problem facing its citizens.
The artist Behzad Khosravi Noori examines connections between personal memories and world events. By asking the questions: ”Do you know Professor Balthazar?”, ”How do you know Professor Balthazar?” and ”Why do you know of Professor Balthazar?”, Khosravi Noori outlines a history of political relationships, linking it among others to the Non-Aligned Movement. The organisation was founded in 1961 by Yugoslavia, Egypt, Indonesia, Ghana and India with the aim to stand outside the division into East and West of the Cold War. The focus of the organisation was on anti-colonialism, antiracism and peaceful coexistence.
In the exhibition Behzad Khosravi Noori also creates possible links between global politics and cultural production. Much of the ideas behind Non-Alligned Movement effected the Zagreb School of Animation and Zagreb film in the former Yugoslavia where Professor Balthazar was produced between 1967-1978.
The central monument in the exhibition, inspired by an actual monument in an episode of Professor Balthazar, invites you to both play, think and relax.