Ivan Kožarić's artworks exhibited in Ljubljana

time: 21.02.2012. - 01.04.2012.
place: Ljubljana, Slovenia
organiser: MGLC
The exhibition 'Ivan Kožarić, Prints from the Collection of the International Centre of Graphic Arts' opens on 21 February (7pm) at International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
The International Centre of Graphic Arts is a museum that is specially dedicated to the art of printing in the period from the twentieth century to the present. On the basis of its mission, the Centre preserves, studies, communicates and popularizes the material and non-material heritage of the art of printing in different cultural and artistic definitions from the twentieth century to the present, as well as creating and presenting visual art from this same period. The mission is founded on the collections and collection policy of the Centre and on the tradition and vision of the international Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Ivan Kožarić (born 10 June 1921 in Petrinja) is a Croatian artist who works primarily with sculpture but also works in a wide variety of media, including: permanent and temporary sculptures, assemblages, proclamations, photographs, paintings and installations. He lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Prizemljeno Sunce ("The Grounded Sun", 1971) is a part of the Nine Views ambiental installation in Zagreb.

His works are characterized by a sense of mischief, spontaneity and by his nonchalant approach to life. He is one of the founding members of the Gorgona Group, whose active members between 1959 and 1966 were Miljenko Horvat, Julije Knifer, Marijan Jevšovar, Dimitrije Bašičević (who also works under the name Mangelos), Matko Meštrović, Radoslav Putar, Đuro Seder and Josip Vaništa. During his period in Gorgona, his sculptures reduced in form, which would become the main characteristic of his later sculptural project consisting of numerous sculptures entitled the Feeling of Wholeness.

He has had many solo exhibitions, both in Croatia and internationally. Some of the more recent exhibitions were held at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris (2002) and at the Art Pavilion in Zagreb (2005–2006). He has participated in many international group shows, including the Venice Biennale (1976), the São Paulo Biennale (1979), and documenta in Kassel (2002). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb bought his entire studio for display in the gallery in 2007. Commissioned by the Filip Trade Collection, he made Ascent, a slender sculpture more than 13 meters high (2002). He is the author of many public sculptures, including Landed Sun in Zagreb (1971), A. G. Matoš in Zagreb (1978), and Tree in Bochum (1979–1980). He has received numerous awards, including the Vladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement (1997). (Kožarić's bio taken from wiki)
(Source: MGLC)

(D.H., 17.02.2012)