Retrospective Exhibition of Vojin Bakić's Work

time: 07.12.2013. - 02.02.2014.
place: Zagreb
organiser: MSU
The Museum of Contemporary Art will present the first retrospective exhibition of the works by Vojin Bakić (1915-1992), one of the most important Croatian abstract sculptors.

The aim of the exhibition is to critically analyze and interpret Bakić’s work in the context of Croatian and European modernism in the second half of the 20th century.

The exhibition will show the emergence process of Bakić’s abstraction – from a recognizable motif in his thematic units, such as nudes, animalism and portrait, to the radical reduction of the form, brought down to an abstract symbol at turbulent times when one had to struggle to materialize one’s own vision. The exhibition will display the works that are most important in order to understand Bakić’s creative development in regard to the social and political conditions in which he was creating. The display will include sculptures, drawings, sketches, monument models, photo enhancements, documents, as well as audio and film material.

Vojin Bakić was an artist of great creative energy who, during his nearly fifty years of creative work, had produced a large number of works of exceptional artistic quality. At the time of their creation, his works were already considered to be exceptionally innovative and progressive, and were included in major publications on contemporary international and European abstract sculpture. His works were displayed at prestigious contemporary art exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, and at numerous exhibitions at which modernist Yugoslav art was presented to the European public. His sculptural monuments can be found in European cities such as Antwerp, Marl, Mainz, Zagreb, and Belgrade.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he was noted in the 1940s for his already mature execution of sculptures in which we can recognize the influences of the European modernist tradition of sculpture (Rodin, Maillol), while thematically, he was focused on the elaboration of nudes and portraits. During a short subsequent period he produced commissioned works for public monuments in the style of socialist realism, but already in the early 1950s, he abandoned these principles and gradually liberated himself from tradition. Through further experiments and the reduction of the superfluous he attained full, compact masses and forms drawn from the organic world, inspired by Hans Arp. By the end of the 1950s, he began cutting, bending and piercing the surface, opening it up to the penetration of space which he treated as the new shaping medium. The envelope, its surface and inner space became the most important visual elements of Bakić’s sculptural synthesis. (Read more…)

(Source: msu)

(D.H., 15.11.2013)