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Veljko Stanojević – A Modernist and a ClassicProgramme | 27.02.2015
VELJKO STANOJEVIĆ – A Modernist and a ClassicGallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković (2 Rodoljuba Čolakovića street)
February 27 - April 6, 2015 - opening of the exhibition at 7p.m.
The author of the exhibition is a curator of the Museum
of Contemporary Art Mišela Blanuša М. А.
Veljko Stanojević, a protagonist of Serbian modern painting
between the two world wars and a modernist of classical formation, was an
artist of clear artistic profile and in accordance with the art principles that
dominated the European art of the first half of the 20th century.
His modernism of the neorealist form occupies a prominent place in the Serbian
history of modern art, especially the phase of his formative period during the
1920s and the 1930s, when he took more active part in the European art scene.
Regardless of his beginner’s attempts to find himself through the Impressionist
expression, the basic thread that ran through Stanojević's painting was a
realistic component that represented distinctiveness and a signifying characteristic
of his visual expression. He reached the zenith of his artistic career with a
“clean“ style of modernist classical formation, and concluded it with a phase
of “curly“ painting with strong coloring. The expressiveness of artistic
messages in his works was reflected in the substantial underlying concept of
classical profane and sacral subjects, as well as in the stylistic constant of
realism. A realist of emotional views according to orientation, an intimist
according to perception and the sense of reality, a chronicler of modern civic
and an interpreter of traditional, historical and sacral themes, Veljko
Stanojević will be remembered as an artist who was at the same time one of the
most important protagonists of civil modernism, but also a “classic“, a keeper
of the painting tradition in an era of contemporary artistic tendencies. With
his European reputation, his original and carefully built visual expression,
Stanojević has built himself into the foundations of modern Serbian painting by
giving a significant contribution in constituting the painting era between the
two world wars, which places him with the eminent group of artists that brought
the Serbian interwar art closer to European standards.
The retrospective exhibition of Veljko Stanojević will
present around 50 works of art from the collections of the Museum of
Contemporary Art, the National Museum, the Belgrade City Museum, the Historical
Museum of Serbia, as well as from private collections.
Stanojević (1892–1967) graduated from the Arts and Crafts
School in Belgrade in 1914 in the class of professors Ljubomir Ivanović and
Marko Murat. He took part in the First World War as a war painter and
volunteer. After the war he returned to painting and went to Paris in late 1919
where he attended the Acadẻmie de La Grande Chaumiẻre (1920-1922). At the
beginning of the fourth decade he came to Belgrade where, besides painting, he
started doing pedagogical work. One of the founders of the Association of Fine
Artists of Serbia, the Oblik group,
the Association of War Painters, as well as the Zagreb Spring Salon. From 1919 he participated in the majority of
group exhibitions in Belgrade and abroad. In Paris he exhibited at the Autumn
and Spring Salon, at the Salon des Independants, as well as with the L’Art en France group. With Yugoslav
artists he was presented in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Worcester,
Buffalo, London, Barcelona, Rome, Thessaloniki, Sofia and Prague. He exhibited
independently in Belgrade in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1957, 1967.
works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National
Museum, the Belgrade City Museum, the Historical Museum of Serbia and the
Military Museum in Belgrade, as well as in other public and private art
collections in Serbia, Croatia, Vatican, Switzerland, America and other
countries throughout the world.
The exhibition in the Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković will last until April 6th 2015, every day from 10a.m. to 6p.m., except on Tuesdays. The location of the Legacy Čolaković https://www.planplus.rs/objekti/2090/legat-milice-zoric-i-rodoljuba-colakovica