Diary of Changes

Diary of Changes

72. May exhibition of graphics

From May 27 to June 22, 2024.

This year, the graphic collective celebrates 75 years of activity on the contemporary art scene. The professional identity of this unique institution in the national culture requires insight into the vitality of the criteria and crucial ideas created over the decades. The 72nd edition of the May Print Exhibition, the oldest project of the Graphic Collective, in its long practice marks the artistic, leadership and historical role of the institution in the light of this medium. "Diary of Changes", the indicative title of the exhibition dedicated to graphic art, indicates that these annual reviews refer to a paradigm shift, providing an insight into the latest/latest trends in graphic art of the young and the youngest, but also traces the genesis of already established authors. This kind of "Diary of Changes" is marked by works of large dimensions (2x2m) as well as research projects of matrix printing (standard or digital) on different substrates (clearite, metal, fabric). Interest in the graphic medium is also illustrated by the figures from this Competition: 229 authors participated, and the Selection Committee selected the works of 130 of them.

The graphic collective realized its ten-year birthdays as celebrations of a working nature, sublimating the artistic, cultural, moral and material heritage structured into a visible cultural event. We are doing this with this year's programs, historical markers and prominent authors who have shaped the history of the Graphic Collective as well as national culture; selections from the works of Slobodan Mašić, Ljubomir Kokotović and Uroš Tošković, part of the "Tradition for the Future" program, was realized in the first half of this year.

The jury for the Great Seal 2024 award: Ivana Flegar, printmaker, Dragana Palavestra, art historian and Branimir Karanović, printmaker, met on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. After a careful review of the 72nd May Exhibition of Prints, with 130 exhibitors, the members of the jury judged the exhibition to be very successful.

 

 

Jury reasoning

Olivera Basta Šipka was unanimously awarded the 61st Great Seal Award in 2024 for the linocut Full Moon, created in 2023.

Olivera Basta Šipka has been present on the art scene of Republika Srpska, Serbia and the region for the second decade, and with her continuous work she has built a convincing artistic expression. She finds creative impulses in natural forms, which she carefully selects and transforms into stylized graphic signs. In their fragmentary nature, it is possible to read universal themes of identity, fertility and other basic life processes. In the work of Olivera Basta, the research process with handmade paper that she creates herself and which becomes a unique matrix of a graphic print is significant. It is this creative process that gives a special materialization, tone and sensibility typical for her graphic creations.

Educated at the Academy in Banja Luka, Olivera Basta Šipka achieved a rich artistic practice. Among other things, she exhibited independently at the Graphic Collective in 2012 and 2017, and in 2020 she became the laureate of our Little Seal award. With today's award, Oliver Bast becomes the 61st member of the great fraternity of laureates of the Great Seal, confirming his own artistic integrity.

 

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Uroš Tošković - Mystification With A Reason

Uroš Tošković - Mystification With A Reason

From April 29 to May 23, 2024.

From early childhood, Uroš Tošković was exposed to the horrors of war and great poverty, which affected his life and creativity. He became interested in art early on, drawing dead soldiers and horses that he saw in his surroundings. These tragic scenes of suffering are deeply engraved poetically in his works, close to the aesthetics of art brut. In his turbulent life, Montenegro, Belgrade, Paris, America, Belgrade, with the final circle in Montenegro are toponyms that represent various phases of Tošković, a melancholic, whose art refers to agony, illness, cry, poverty, tragedy of the individual. His heretical conviction towards the weaknesses of the bourgeois lifestyle, whose conformity he understood as a loss of freedom in forms without substance, is also strong. Tošković's unconventional lifestyle created myths and legends; the painter's phenomena are originality and truth in resistance to established ways of commercializing art. The expression of drawing orthography, lines, forms, colors in the system are artistic traditions in which Tošković created his work. His works are in many museum and private collections in the country and the world.
Many works are believed to have been lost in the many moves and turmoil of daily existence and maladjustment. During seven decades of creativity, he exhibited at about 50 individual and as many group presentations in national and international frameworks.

The occasion for this exhibition is a book, a capital edition dedicated to the oeuvre of Uroš Tošković; author Bojan Krljić devoted his collecting passion to this hypersensitive and rebellious personality, painter of human destiny and master of the magic of drawing. The promotion of the book will take place during the exhibition.

Uroš Tošković (1932-2019), graduated from the High School of Art in Herceg Novi in ​​1952, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1957. Since 1957, he has been in Paris as a scholarship holder of the French Government, where he graduated from the School of Fine Arts. He stayed in Paris until 1977, where he had several solo and group exhibitions. In 1960 and 2011, he independently exhibited works from the collection of Bojan Krljić at the Graphic Collective. He traveled to America twice, in 1967 to New York, and in 1969 to Los Angeles. From 1977 to 1996, he lived and created in Belgrade. In 1996, he left for Montenegro, where he stayed for the rest of his life.

The exhibition is part of the "Tradition for the Future" cycle, which focuses on significant creative personalities who marked the history of the Graphic Collective during the past 75 years, as well as national culture, with their creative work.

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Ljubomir Kokotović - A Very Important Meeting

Ljubomir Kokotović - A very important meeting

A selection from the graphic work

From April 8 to April 26, 2024.

Ljubomir (Ljubiša) Kokotović, born in 1936 in Banatski Karađorđevo, is a prominent painter and writer. After studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, he specialized in graphics in Brussels under the mentorship of Gustav Marsul.

His career includes living and working in several European countries, including Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, and Italy, where he collaborated with Pier Giorgio Spalazzi.

 

 

After a rich international career, Kokotović returned to Serbia, where he continued his artistic activities.

He has had over 80 solo and group exhibitions around the world, working side by side with artists such as Picasso, Dali and Miró. British critics recognized him as one of the four most important cartoonists of his era.

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Slobodan Mašić - Ethics and Aesthetics of Communication

Slobodan Mašić - Ethics and Aesthetics of Communication

From February 19 to March 15, 2024.

Slobodan Mašić, since his student days, was an active member of the Belgrade cultural scene. First as a journalist in the art section of the student magazine "Vidici", and then as an editor of the same magazine. Even politics was no stranger to him - already in his student days, he found himself in the role of representative of technical faculties. Later, he also participated in public panels in the Belgrade Youth Center.

At the end of the sixties, as a graphic designer, he collaborated with Boro Ćosić on the neo-avant-garde magazine "Rock" - a magazine for the aesthetic examination of reality. He also created the magazine "Umetnost", as well as the first issue of the Zagreb publication "Enciclopedia moderna".

 

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