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Petar Lubarda - Heroism of Vision

Programme | 19.02.2014


















Petar Lubarda - Heroism of Vision

Author of the exhibition: Svetlana Mitić, senior curator

The exhibition presents more than 40 works from all periods of Petar Lubarda’s work. It gathers together representative works from museum collections in Cetinje and Belgrade, and a selection from the retrospective exhibition held on the occasion of the centennial of the birth (1907-1974) of one of our greatest painters.

The Museum’s collection contains the total of 45 works by Petar Lubarda from the period between 1927 and 1967, some of them having a major significance not only for understanding the artist’s development but also the general tendency and maturing of the Yugoslav art of the day. The examples from the Museum’s collections are insightful in that they enable us to follow the genesis of Lubarda’s visual language from early period of acquiring first serious experiences with contemporary art during his youthful years spent in Paris 1926-1932, then the time when he reached a clearer stylistic orientation between 1934-41, and the short period of socialist realism from 1945 to 1950, to his work’s pinnacle between 1951 and 1956, when he made his most valuable pieces, and finally to the time when monumentality and heroism of previous period give way to a multitude of completely new, heterogeneous motifs.

Petar Lubarda is surely one of the leading figures in the 20th-century national art that, in the critical moment of the early 1950s broke away from both academic and provincial worldview and ushered in a new culture of painting which no longer can be considered an epitome of the so-called “High Modernity”. The importance of Lubarda’s work transcends the boundaries of the Yugoslav community of that time, and it puts him among those Yugoslav artists with an international reputation of the highest order.

Among the many prizes he was awarded for his work, the most prestigious ones are: International purchase award at the São Paulo Art Biennial in Brazil (1953), award from the 3rd Tokyo Biennial (1955), the Guggenheim National Award in New York (1956).

Petar Lubarda was born in July 27, 1907, in Ljubotinj (Montenegro), and died in Fabruary 13, 1974, in Belgrade. In 1925 he enrolled at the School of Art in Belgrade (prof. Beta Vukanović, Ljuba Ivanović, and Ilija Šobajić), which he left in 1926, and went to Paris where he will stay until 1932. He returned to Belgrade, remaining there until 1932, then for the second time travelled to Paris, where he will stay until 1940. During the Occupation he was in German captivity. After the Liberation he spent a time in Cetinje, where, besides his other activities, he was a co-founder of the School of Art. From 1950 onwards he lived and worked in Belgrade, until his death.

He made several study trips, among other to: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, USSR, Brazil, England, Belgium, India, Syria, and Lebanon. He was a regular member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), and Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts (YASA) based in Zagreb. He is a receiver of the Medal of Brotherhood and Unity.

The exhibition traveled to:
City Gallery, Užice
5/27/2008-6/11/2008
Culture centre “Castle of Culture”, Vrnjačka Banja
National Museum in Čačak
10/7/2008-10/25/2008
National Museum in Kruševac
6/4/2009-29/6/2009
Museum of Srem, Sremska Mitrovica
11/6/2009-11/24/2009
Regional Museum, Ruma
11/27/2009-12/15/2009
Culture Centre, Lazarevac
5/5/2010-5/18/2010
Gallery of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad
8/12/2010-9/12/2010
National Museum in Zrenjanin
5/6/2011-5/29/2011

Petar Lubarda - Heroism of Vision
Petar Lubarda - Heroism of Vision
Petar Lubarda - Heroism of Vision
Petar Lubarda - Heroism of Vision