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Ljuba Ivanović: Fragments of Discontinued TimeProgramme | 26.12.2013
Ljuba Ivanović: Fragments of Discontinued Time
Author of the exhibition: Žaklina Ratković, senior curator
The exhibition Fragments of Discontinued Time shows drawings and graphics by Ljubomir Ivanović (1882-1945) from rich art funds of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. The collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade holds 51 drawing and 23 prints by Ljuba Ivanović, and through this exhibitions, with 44 selected works, we present a part of the extraordinary work of this outstanding artists, a chronicler of the nature and old buildings, a traveller, and a passionate collector of objects of folk craftmanship, also a longstanding professor at the School of Arts. The greater part of Ljuba Ivanović’s output is made during his travels across his home country, where he was in habit of taking sketches of the nature or old inner cities. Ivanović’s drawing is devoid of any narrative structure, and the translation of an outer model into the language of lines with this author is never a mimetic copying, but a profoundly personal impression. Every stroke is carefully thought through, as a consequence of a sharp perception and the compression of the visual data. One of the chief characteristics of his is an especially meticulous treatment of light, Sun and reflections, a vivid interest for effects of shadows and half-shadows, a rhythmic bright-dark contrasts, as well as a profuse rendering of subject’s texture.
Ljuba Ivanović is an artist whose works go beyond entrenched boundaries, heretofore accepted, conventional practices in drawing and graphic work. In his graphic work, Ivanović attained the possibility to elaborate pieces of the highest quality by following what basically is a classical proceeding. For this author the drawing is a final and integral reflection of his vision of world, so in his exquisite drawings Ljuba Ivanović firmly defined his place in the history of the Serbian art.
Ljuba Ivanović (1882-1945) attended the Serbian School of Drawing and Painting in Belgrade from 1899 to 1905 (prof. Kiril Kutlik, Beta and Rista Vukanović), then went to study in Münich (1905-1909), in the private school of Anton Ažbe and at the Münich Academy.
Still a student, he exhibited for the first time in 1904 at the first Yugoslav art exhibition, and was a part of the art group “Lada”. He was a professor at the School of Art, and then also at the Academy of Visual Arts in Belgrade. From 1922 onwards he was a corresponding member of SASA (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), and in 1933 he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France. He published articles in various periodicals, mostly in the journal Politika, provided illustrations for books and travelogues. He gathered a vast collection of objects of art craftsmanship which is kept at the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade.
The exhibition traveled to:
Culture Centre “Castle of Culture”, Vrnjačka Banja
Memorial-Collection Pavle Beljanski, Novi Sad
Museum of Rudnik-Takovo region, Gornji Milanovac
National Museum in Užice
National Museum in Čačak