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Dušan Jovanović Djukin

Programme | 23.01.2014

Dušan Jovanović Djukin 

Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić & Rodoljub Čolaković, 2 Rodoljub Čolaković St.
January 23 – April 13, 2014

Author of the exhibition: Rajka Bošković

The exhibition presents forty works by Dušan Jovanović Djukin made in different periods of his creative life: 19 sculptures (stone, bronze, plaster, and terracotta), 11 drawings, 6 ceramic pieces, and 3 medallions. Besides the works from the Museum of Contemporary Art collection, on the display are also the works from the National Museum in Belgrade and the Belgrade City Museum.

Two approaches, realist and cubist, made their imprint on Djukin’s artistic output. Djukin produced realist figures and portraits throughout the whole of his art career, whereas the final period of his work saw the surge of a rather cubist-oriented pieces, elaborated within the framework of a geometrically conceived form.

This exhibition opens towards and invites the possibility of reconsidering, rexamining, and coming to an altogether new assessment of Djukin’s work, which thus far was undeservedly disregarded although the author certainly made a series of outstanding pieces of art in the domain of sculpture. As a confirmation to this view we have the works in this exhibition, first and foremost the sculptures from the period of artist’s creative maturity Glаvа dеvојkе (Dеvојkа sа šiškаmа) (Head of a girl (Girl with fringes)), from 1932/33, and Cvеćаrkа (Dеvојkа sа cvеtоm) (Flower girl (Girl with a flower)), from 1936, as well as a work for his early days, Žеnskо pоprsје (Dеvicа) (Woman’s bust (Virgin)), from 1924, which earned Dušan Jovanović Djukin his due place within the top of not only the Serbian, but also the global modern art production.

Dušan Jovanović Djukin (1891-1945) was born and raised in a well-to-do middle-class family. His father was a court photographer, his uncle was Paja Jovanović, and from his grandfather, Stevan Jovanović, a photographer from Vršac, nicknamed Djuka, he took his art moniker. He studied architecture in Dresden, took sculpture classes in Florence, and went on to study at École des Beaux-Arts in Pаris. From 1917 to 1927 he resided in Paris where he participated at Izlоžba јugоslоvеnskih umеtnikа (Exhibition of Yugoslav artists) in 1919. Back in Belgrade, at the Kolarac University he launched and led an evening course of nude-painting in 1927, together with the painter Mladen Josić. After a year, he set off to Paris again, where he spent his next four years, before returning permanently to Belgrade. He, then, started working as a professor at the School of Applied Arts. Following a grave and protracted illness he passed away in Belgrade in 1945.

He participated in several collective shows at home and abroad (Belgrade, Florence, Paris), but during his lifetime he only had one solo exhibition. He was a member of the “Lada” art group. He left behind only some thirty sculptures, a few drawings, ceramics, and medallions. It is known for a fact that he, when dissatisfied with final result, usually destroyed his works. He also painted, but none of his paintings survived.

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