The fifth consecutive exhibition within the ARTE gallery project, Collector as Curator and Selector, is called “Identities” and will be opened in Belgrade on September 24th at four locations of this gallery (Andrićev venac 4 and 12, Kralja Milana 3 and 48). The exhibition presents works of artists of younger generations, whose works were created during the last six decades. Conceiving in a postmodern era devoid of clearly defined stylistic directions, these artists strive to build their own identities through individual personal expression.
Marina Abramović, Aleksandar Cvetkovića, Čeda Vasić, Mrđan Bajić, Radoš Antonijević, Uroš Đurić, Džoni Racković, Nebojša Bežanić, Saša Pančić, Ivona Pleskonja, Žolt Kovač, Petar Mirković, Mihael Milunović, Marina Marković, Petar Mošić, Lidija Delić, Vuk Vučković, Kristina Pirković are just some of them.
Lidija Delic “With luck, there’ll be no more dreams I,” Size: 270x180cm, 2021
ARTE gallery continues with the project Collector as Curator and Selector, with the goal of bridging the gap between private and public collections, and providing the public with access to works that, although privately owned, can easily be found in museum collections. The exhibition was realized in the first half of 2022. Collector as curator and selector (4) – marked the beginning of the stage dedicated to the “large format” case study, whereby the basic three spatial dimensions are overcome, and the “size” of the work of art is viewed through the historical context.
Marija Šević “Milk,” 2017; Oil on canvas; Size: 180x180cm
Collector as curator and selector (5) – IDENTITIES is the continuation of this stage, where the creativity and sensibility of the younger generation of artists will be shown through large-format works. The generations of artists born after the Second World War are divided into two groups, and the turning point that separates them is the tumultuous nineties. For older artists, that decade represented a transitional period, while for younger artists it defined the social milieu in which they developed. As the museum practice was inactive during this period, the artists communicated with the public mainly through gallery exhibition practice.
Radoš Antonijević “Stvari su jednostavne” (Things are simple)
By selecting from private art collections, ARTE gallery has made a selection of works by contemporary artists. They were selected based on their achievements on the local and international levels. Some of the selected artists like Bora Iljovski, Dušan Otašević, Mrđan Bajić, Ivan Grubanov, and Đorđe Ožbolt represented our country at the Venice Biennale, where the exhibition-competition concept implies a strong presence of the artwork, which was often realized through a large format.
Kristina Pirković “Calvary” (Three crosses), 2021, Oil on canvas, Size: 200x140cm
During the exhibition in the ARTE gallery, several younger authors such as Uroš Đurić, Nikola Marković, Mica Stajčić, Dragomir Ugren, and Veljko Vujačić will present themselves to the European audience at the beginning of October at the Art Market Art Fair in Budapest. At the same time, we will get a chance to see a retrospective exhibition of a renowned sculptor, Professor Mrđan Bajić at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade.
Uroš Đurić “Vest dana,” (News of the day), 2018
The exhibition “Identities” lasts until November 19th, 2022.