2021 Radoslav Putar Award FINALISTS are shortlisted

time: 22.03.2021.

Radoslav Putar Award Finalists 2021: Vitar Drinković, Jelena Lovrec, Lana Stojićević, Ivana Tkalčić.

The Radoslav Putar Award, the annual award for the best artist in Croatia up to the age of 40, has been awarded since 2002. The Radoslav Putar Award is part of the international network YVAA - Young Visual Artists Awards, which consists of organizers of similar awards in 12 European countries. The award was founded in 2002 by the Institute of Contemporary Art. Partners of the Radoslav Putar Award are HULU - Split, and Gallery S, Koprivnica.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Award and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Radoslav Putar.
Radoslav Putar (Varaždin, July 20, 1929 - Zagreb, July 18, 1994), a famous art historian and art critic, significantly directed the Croatian cultural scene towards the contemporary art language. His work is also important from a social point of view because he promoted the ideas of democracy and advocated dialogue, tolerance, freedom of expression and openness to other cultures. Today, it is difficult to imagine the extent to which his work was heroic, and we can confidently say that his contribution to the theory and practice is a key segment of contemporary Croatian art and culture.
Our initiative to name the award Radoslav Putar Award reflects our desire to promote clear attitudes, active participation and high professional standards, as tools for the affirmation of democratic processes, interdependent with the development of culture, cultural institutions and the arts in Croatia.
Radoslav Putar graduated from the University of Zagreb (1949) where he later taught at the Department of Art History (1951 - 1961). He was a co-founder and a member of the Gorgona group (1959-1966), head of the information department at the newly established CIO, the Center for Industrial Design (1964-65), curator of the Museum of Arts and Crafts (1968-1972). , director of the Zagreb City Gallery (1972-1979), editor of the magazine Spot (1972-1978), founder of CEFFT, the center for photography, film and television (1973,), and director of the Museum of Arts and Crafts. (1979 - 1983).
This year’s selection jury: 

Damir Sobota, the Winner of the 2020 Radoslav Putar Award, Zagreb
Jasminka Babić, director, The Museum of Fine Arts, Split
Michal Koleček, University Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Chelsea Pierce, PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK, Open Call for curators up to 40 years of age, Dallas, Texas, USA
Neva Lukić, independent curator, Open Call for curators up to 40 years of age, Zagreb
This year’s selected finalists in 2020 are:
Vitar Drinković (1983, Zagreb)
Jelena Lovrec (1989., Zagreb)
Lana Stojićević (1989., Šibenik)
Ivana Tkalčić (1987., Sisak)

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(D.H.F., 23.03.2021)