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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.

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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.


The five senses…plus one from Bolaffi’s Covers

8 June 2018 Posted by I sensi, Multiples of art series 0 thoughts on “The five senses…plus one from Bolaffi’s Covers”

Joseph Beuys, Mario Schifano, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Rosenquist, Ugo Nespolo, Edward Kienholz: these are the artists of the Bolaffi series dedicated to the Senses. Effectively they are not just five but six.


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…)

Chris Burden: a challenge to the edge of human limits.

27 March 2018 Posted by Artists, Chris Burden 0 thoughts on “Chris Burden: a challenge to the edge of human limits.”


Joseph Beuys: art is not there to be understood, otherwise we wouldn’t need it

17 March 2018 Posted by Artists, Joseph Beuys 0 thoughts on “Joseph Beuys: art is not there to be understood, otherwise we wouldn’t need it”

Enigmatic provocative and iconic with his inseparable felted hat, Joseph Beuys represents an enigmatic, provocative and charismatic character of the postwar art. Passed away too early in 1986, he left an evident legacy for everyone who would relate himself to the contemporary arts.


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Collecting multiples of contemporary art : how to get started

21 February 2018 Posted by collectibles 0 thoughts on “Collecting multiples of contemporary art : how to get started”

There are several factors which make the collection of multiples of contemporary art a leisure activity. Some are shared with the tout court art collecting, such as belonging satisfaction, beauty’s sake,  social and cultural esteem and are given by the collection of items result of genius and creativity. Some others are more specific, as usually multiples are cheaper than those unique artworks of the same authors, such as paintings and drawings. These last ones let people afford art collecting although they are not such wealth owners. But where to start from to get multiples of contemporary art together?


The colors of the iris

30 November 2017 Posted by Iris colors, Multiples of art series 0 thoughts on “The colors of the iris”

Red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet are the colors of the iris. Joe Tilson, Chris Burden, Allen Jones, Victor Pasmore, Leonardo Cremonini, Jiri Kolar and Arturo Carmassi have represented one of them on each of the famous Bolaffi covers of the ’70s.


Libri e arte dal 1959


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