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The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy

Programme | 14.08.2015


THE FULLNESS OF EMPTINESS – Works from the MoCA Sculpture Collection

Milica Zorić i Rodoljub Čolaković Galerry-Legacy
14 August – 14 October 2015 ( opening on Friday, 14 August 2015 at 7 p.m.)

Curator of the exhibition is Raja Bošković, Sculpture Collection curator.

The Fullness of Emptiness exhibition considers the phenomenon of emptiness in the domain of contemporary sculpture. 

The idea of the “fullness of emptiness” refers to the domain of a certain “shaped” i.e. artistically formed emptiness in sculpture, not the undetermined and encompassing presence of cosmic space.

The concept/term “fullness of emptiness” is the result of discovery and a new consideration of the efficacy and meaning of the artistic expression of emptiness in contemporary sculptural production.

The phenomenon of emptiness is not interpreted as “absence”, but rather as “presence”; not as the “accidental” space created between shapes, but as the active state of emptiness and an autonomous element in the visual efficacy of contemporary sculpture.

In the process of observing the importance and role of emptiness in modern and contemporary sculpture, works have been selected for the exhibition, which through their poetics incorporate the phenomenon and state of emptiness, and which in the occurring dual interaction of fullness and emptiness (of shape) establish a completely new significance and meaning of emptiness in sculpture.

Each selected piece represents a certain understanding of the meaning of emptiness in sculpture – the relation of full mass and the inner emptiness of the shape; the effect of emptiness “in” two-dimensional art or “from” two-dimensional shapes; the scrutiny of the possibility of emptiness within the material’s mass itself – stone, metal, wood; considerations of the possibilities of the effect of emptiness in sculptures “constructed” in new materials; as well as the possibilities of expression and visual effect of emptiness in the domain of sculptural shape on the threshold of understanding extended media.

The phenomenon of “the fullness of emptiness” makes itself apparent in the sculptures of some of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century such as: Vojin Bakić, Šime Vulas, Nandor Glid, Olga Jevrić, Ivan Kožarić, Jovan Kratohvil, Oto Logo, Velizar Vasa Mihić, Vjenceslav Rihter, Jakob Savinšek, Jovan Soldatović, Aleksandar Srnec, Ratimir Stojadinović, Vojin Stojić, Slavko Tihec, Đorđije Crnčević and Dušan Džamonja.

The exhibition is based on 23 sculptures in different materials – bronze, stone, wood, aluminum, steel, iron, brass, glass and plastic.

All displayed pieces are from the Sculpture Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade.

The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy
The Fulness of Emptiness, Čolaković Legacy