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Vladimir Veličković: anatomy of an instant

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Vladimir Veličković: anatomy of an instant”

The movement and the transience of an action fixed forever: Vladimir Veličković.

Between Serbia and France

Born in Belgrade (at the time Yugoslav city) in 1936, Vladimir Veličkovic graduated in Architecture from the local university. He then moved to Zagreb where, between 1962 and ’63, he worked in the atelier of the Croatian painter Krsto Hegedusic.

Just in 1963 he made his debut with a personal exhibition at the Biennial of Sao Paulo in Brazil. In 1965 he received the Paris Biennial Prize and the following year he moved to the French capital, where he held a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the City (1970).

Velickovic - Fante
Fante, Fotolitografia – Copertina Bolaffi Arte, 1976

In 1972 he represented Yugoslavia at the Venice Biennale. From 1983 to 2000 he taught at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but never severed his bond with the mother country: in 1985 he was appointed a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), one of the most important institutions academics of the country, which includes among its associates nobel prizes and scholars of Serbian origin who have distinguished themselves in the sciences or the arts.

In 2005 Veličković became part of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, becoming one of the 12 members of the Painting section. He received one of the highest French honors, that of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

In 2017, together with other Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin artists and intellectuals, he signed the Declaration on the Common Language which aims to counteract nationalisms and political manipulation of language in the countries of ex-Yugoslavia.

Vladimir Vélickovic dies in Split in 2019.

Vladimir Veličkovic’s poetics

Since its inception, Veličković directs his artistic research towards moving subjects while confronting dramatic and frightening situations.

Among its subjects, in addition to humans, mice and dogs often occur, blocked in the climax of the action by coordinates, figures, color diagrams or measures of time and space.

The atrocities committed by the Nazis in his country, which he witnessed as a child, are sublimated in single pictorial frames, in a moment of brutality and threat made eternal.

Vladimir Velickovic nel suo studio, ph.  Zarko Vijatovic
Vladimir Velickovic nel suo studio, ph. Zarko Vijatovic ©

His poetics evolved further in the early nineties, at the beginning of the war that devastated the Balkan peninsula. In his works persistently desolate landscapes appear, populated only by crows, fires, bodies torn by the horrors of war and continuous symbolic allusions to the crucifixion.

During his long life Veličković exhibits in international museums and galleries and his works appear in numerous public and private collections, such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Center Pompidou in Paris, the MOMA in New York , the Maeght Foundation of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

For Bolaffi he created the Jack of the Playing Cards and Animals in motion series. Dog n. 9.


Claudio Parmiggiani, the iconoclastic radicality

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Claudio Parmiggiani, the iconoclastic radicality”

Casts, shadows, smoke, light, space and silence: for Claudio Parmiggiani a work is never a gesture of good manners, neither calming, nor optimistic but a hard, radical, extreme gesture.


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Rafael Alberti: between verses and painting

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Rafael Alberti: between verses and painting”

Poet, painter, playwright, political activist, exile: Rafael Alberti crossed the twentieth century intensely, with consistency and commitment.


Concetto Pozzati, from informal to pop

28 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Carte da Gioco 0 thoughts on “Concetto Pozzati, from informal to pop”

Son (and nephew) of art, Concept Pozzati represented a bridge between the different currents of the second half of the twentieth century, from Informal to Surrealism, up to Pop Art.


Jiří Kolář: between poetry and collage

4 May 2020 Posted by Artists, Iris colors 0 thoughts on “Jiří Kolář: between poetry and collage”

Czech by birth but Parisian by adoption Jiří Kolář was a multifaceted and multifaceted artist. Son of a baker and a seamstress, he was born in 1914 in Protivìn, in southern Bohemia. He carries out very disparate jobs (carpenter, baker, blacksmith, waiter, railway worker) but his passion for the arts never fades.


Mario Radice: the vanguard of abstraction

1 May 2020 Posted by Artists 0 thoughts on “Mario Radice: the vanguard of abstraction”

Painter, art critic, designer, curator, essayist: Mario Radice had a decisive role in the culture of the twentieth century and was among the first Italian abstract artists.


Edward Kienholz: the art of repulsion

9 July 2018 Posted by Artists, Edward Kienholz 0 thoughts on “Edward Kienholz: the art of repulsion”

Few artists like the American Edward Kienholz managed to turn the dark side of the West into art. Repulsive and repulsive, critical and irreverent as only contemporary art can be.


Flavio Costantini: portrait of an history enthusiast

28 May 2018 Posted by Artists, Flavio Costantini 0 thoughts on “Flavio Costantini: portrait of an history enthusiast”

Self-taught, multifaceted, reluctant to the logics of art, totally against the sense of belonging to one movement or style, Flavio Costantini has gone through the 18th century exploring the history and the inevitability of the events.


Achille Perilli, the father of Italian abstraction

24 April 2018 Posted by Achille Perilli, Artists 0 thoughts on “Achille Perilli, the father of Italian abstraction”

Achille Perilli, born in Rome in 1927, is one of the best men of geometrical abstractism in Italy. Extremely active, he has animated the cultural scene of the country by means of numerous and multifaceted initiatives.


Enrico Baj: play and fantasy against the power

13 April 2018 Posted by Artists, Enrico Baj 0 thoughts on “Enrico Baj: play and fantasy against the power”

Desecrating , entertaining, able to instill irony and sarcasm even into the most politically involved works: it’s Enrico Baj. One of the masters who gave a new facet to the italian art of the postwar.  (more…)

Libri e arte dal 1959


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