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EXHIBITIONS · Studio Pulitika

 

 

MATKO TREBOTIĆ: Light and Darkness of the Mediterranean

07.09. – 01.10.2017.

Curator: Marin Ivanović

Matko Trebotić was born in Milna, Brač. He finished Classical Gymnasium in Split and graduated from Belgrade's Faculty of Architecture in 1961. In 1971 and 1972, he attended the famous Folkwangschule in Essen as a Meisterschuler, under the supervision of Professor Herman Schardt. From 1970, he has exhibited intensively worldwide, with over a hundred independent and more than tree hundred group exhibitions.

Matko Trebotić - an artist who exhibited all around the world has always been inspired by the small area on the Croatian coast, between the city of Split and the island of Brač. He also does spatial installations, as well as theatre and television scenography. As a painter, he has found a pictorial formula, with which he has, in a creative and painterly exquisite way, managed to connect to local with the global, to translate the heritability into the universal language, and to modernize the Croatian traditional expression.

In the paintings from this exhibition, all the motifs from Trebotić’s previous series have been sublimated so that on the splashes of white one can recognize tiny drawings of early Cristian church plans, minute Glagolitic letters and crosses, geometrical shapes, numbers and outlined grids.

Marin Ivanović


STANKO HERCEG: The Strategies of a Photographer

08.08. – 03.09.2017.

Curator: Vesna Delić Gozze

Stanko Herceg is renowned Croatian photographer and cinematographer.

The diversity of the Stanko Herceg exhibition recalls model examples of a textual, sign-related semiotic review in the medium of photography. Photography, according to some semioticians, is an indexical sign, and only in part an iconic sign.  In his black and white analogue photographs of the series View from the Window, he has a range of slight interventions, without any visible coercion of the motif.

The photographic oeuvre of Stanko tells of a state of complementary relation between motif and photograph, when the photographic trace retains the possibility of storing the documentary part of the thing depicted, but not as homogeneous, analogue object from the real life surroundings, rather because of the two-dimensionality of the pertaining technology.


STEFAN BRACO BRAVAČIĆ

RETROSPECTIVE

24.8. - 9.10.2016.

Curator: Vesna Delić Gozze 

Stefan Braco Bravačić was in all his work a constant quester after harmony, but this in no way means he was a mere backward-looking aesthete. Harmony here refers to his activity as a connoisseur in determining and moderating the distinctive features of the beautiful and the category of the artist in various fields of expression. In all that he created, and he used various techniques to express himself, Bravačić aimed at consonance and a unity of perceptions, whether we are thinking of a musical theme or a composition in painting.

Vesna Delić Gozze

 

This creative artist’s visual procedure is the fruit of dedicated studies of objective reality, which were favoured by the engineer’s spirit of a trained architect and building. The geometry and reduction of surfaces indicate the need to see the essential structural determinations of life, their brio and buoyancy and their multifariousness point to the complexity of life and its situations, while the cross sections obtained by the juxtaposition of surfaces are resolved through a clearly executed geometrical panorama. Projected into the observer’s spirit, a visual panorama deployed in this way offers point and reason for existence to every individual detail in the field of the larger, decorative unit.

Milica Bravačić

 


If anyone can be called a Universal Man, it was Braco Bravačić. Independently of his possession all the knowledge, the curiosity, many-sidedness, culture, talents and habits of industry of Renaissance man who soared aloft and could do everything – he also created his own world, to which he remained loyal to the end.

Jagoda Buić

 


BIOGRAPHY:

Stefan Braco Bravačić, 1926-2013

After primary and secondary schools in Dubrovnik, he studied drawing and watercolours with the teachers Samojlov and Strala, and in 1954 took his degree at the Architecture Faculty of the Engineering Polytechnic in Belgrade, taught by Nikola Dobrović. After successful engagement with urban design approaches with a group of young colleagues from the faculty, with whom he won competition prizes, he went to Sarajevo, where he worked as architect, furniture designer, book designer, exhibition and commercial premises designer. In 1959 he returned to Dubrovnik with his family, and worked as a designer in the firm Arhitekt, and then as a freelance artist and member of ULUPUH, the applied arts association, on the designing of catalogues, prospectuses and posters, all the while also engaged on painting, architecture, shipbuilding and musical composition. He dedicated his creative and innovative spirit in those years to printmaking, constructing his own presses for his works in linocut and then in serigraphy. He had his first solo show in 1964, and then took part in group exhibitions. He became a member of HDLU, the fine art association, in 1971. But he was still vigorously engaged in urban design, architecture and painting. In 1981 to 1985 he did a Stanford, USA, correspondence course in yacht design, and on graduation acquired the qualification of yacht architect His second solo exhibition in 2001 in the Stradun Gallery in Dubrovnik showed works in tempera, after which came one-man-shows in the same exhibition venue in 2006, when he showed paintings in bright acrylics, and in 2009, when he exhibited new works in collage.

Prints, oil paintings and other pictures created during the long and fruitful career of this artist are to be found in private ownership in Europe and America.
In 2010 he took part as composer and performer in the Croatian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, getting into the finale with his composition Tulip Trio.

 

 


 

FRIENDS

Artist: Pietro Boban

3.8. - 21.8.2016.

Author: Andrija Seifried

 


This exhibition in the Dulčić-Masle-Pulitika Gallery reveals a totally new Pietro, but one who has remained true to his creative élan, developed and built up during his years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb to a point of some perfection.

Andrija Seifried

 

PIETRO BOBAN

Pietro Boban was born on April 7, 1991, in Dubrovnik. From very tender years he showed an interest in art, and subsequently enrolled in the Luka Sorkočević Art School in Dubrovnik, painter designer major. He had his first lessons from the painters Lukša Peko and Josip Trostmann. He exhibited at a number of collective shows during his secondary school education. He took part in the collective exhibition Orlando’s European Routes in the project of the same name of Dubrovnik’s Europe House. He represented his school at the 11th state competition – the exhibition of secondary school children being educated in fine and applied arts and design.

His first one-man show, Nudes, which was organised by the well-known Dubrovnik collector and art figure Andrija Seifried came in Dubrovnik in 2010. Since then Boban has remained loyal to the task of exploring the human body through the nude.

In 2010 he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts of Zagreb University, painting major.
During his academy years, he was vigorously engaged in set design and set painting, mentored by Zlatko Kauzlarić-Atač. His set design continued under the mentorship of Tanja Lacko.
During his student years he worked on many projects and exhibited in group shows; he was one of the organisers of the student art initiative ArtiParti. He has produced and assisted in the production of many set designs and projects.
As a young artist, Pietro Boban continues his vision of the world in his unique experience of reality, devoting particular attention to details in the creation of every work.
In 2014 he won the Rector’s Special Prize as coordinator of the set design and set painting in the joint project of art academies for Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice, and a Rector’s Special Prize in 2015 for the artwork of the project 147 Seconds for Kenya. As set designer, he was part of the FRKA project team that was awarded the Rector’s Prize in 2015.

 

 



MILISAV VESOVIĆ

A LOOK BEHIND
24.6. - 31.7.2016.
Curator: Vesna Delić Gozze

Restrained in his appearance, penetrating behind his lens, that is the portrait of Vesović, Veso, as I remember him, my view of the photographer’s personality. He held back in everyday reactions, which left time for the studied but never ultimately belated record of the reality that this photographer transformed into his own interpretation with an arsenal of small but lethal weapons contained in the lenses of his camera. Analyst in his approach to the subject, Vesović with the rare capacity of the creative artist synthesised what was seen into a photographic image of condensed semantics. Irrespective of the motif – portrait study, nude or scene from the street, the Vesović signature is always recognisable, but never obtrusive, a ‘fine diversion’ of a thoroughbred but never strident author whose camera is a means for the recording of the poetics of harsh and dry, as would have sung, had he dealt with photography and with light, the great Ezra Pound.

Vesna Delić Gozze

 

Biography:

Mio Vesović was born on the 24th of March, 1953, in Gornja Dobrinja. He studied under Nikola Tanhofer and graduated with a degree in Cinematography from the Academy for Theater, Film and Television. Since 1976, Vesovic has been working as journalistic photographer. His work has been published in all of the most important newspapers and magazines in the region. He founded the artistic studio MO (Mekano Okidanje, or Soft Shooting) in 1979 together with Ivan Posavec. Vesović and Posavec photographed and designed 150 covers for the magazine "Danas".

As a still photographer, Vesović worked with the following film directors: Rajko Grlić ("In the Jaws of Life", 1984), Veljko Bulajić ("The Promised Land", 1985), Zoran Tadić ("Dreaming the Rose", 1986). He received a credit for Special Photographic Effects on Dušan Makavejev¨s "Manifesto" (1987).

Vesović¨s works of photography are part of the following collections: the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, and the Modern Gallery in Zagreb; and Split¨s Art Gallery.




TANJA DEMAN

TALES OF SPACE

May 5th – June 19th, 2016

Curated by: Rozana Vojvoda, PhD

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The exhibition «Tales of space» by Tanja Deman, organized by the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik has been open on Thursday, May 5th at the Gallery Dulčić Masle Pulitika and Studio Pulitika. 
Tanja Deman, whose work incorporates research into collective psychology and the perception of space, will present photo collage series Temples of Culture (2014), Collective Narratives (2013) and the video Abode of Vacancy (2011) which explore the structures and the areas of artificial and constructed vs. natural.

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The Series Collective Narratives (2013) explores different types of spectatorship that include the ritual moment (sport and scenic spectacles) and their architectural settings transformed by the inclusion of natural element.
The Series Temples of Culture (2014) examines different public institutions such as museums, libraries and galleries as they are decontextualized and given new version of their identity with a slightly ironic element. 
By inserting the natural element into spaces reserved for and dedicated to some human activity, Tanja Deman creates off-centre, hybrid worlds in which two differing contexts merge. One is the space of the collective act of looking, which presupposes an urban heritage, and the other is the contemplation of nature, which suggests being alone.

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Biography:
Tanja Deman's works, incorporating photography, collage, video and public art. She was born in Split, Croatia. She obtained an BFA and MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In recent years, her work has been exhibited in a large number of exhibitions including, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Museo Revoltella, Trieste; Museum of African Design, Johannesburg; Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava; The Central House of Artists, Moscow (CHA); MUNTREF Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Paris; Collegio Armeno - Palazzo Zenobio, Venice; TENT, Rotterdam; Unseen, Amsterdam; International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has also screened her work at a number of video and film festivals, including Videonale 14, Bonn; Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; Vidoex Zurich; Video Dumbo at Eybeam, New York City. She was artist in residence in Nirox Fondation in Johannesburgu, KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna, Atelierhaus Salzamt u Linz in Austria, Kunstlerhaus Saarbrucken and Oberfalzer Kunstlerhaus Schwandorf in Germany, and at the study trip at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2015 Tanja was invited to realise a large photographic public art project titled 'Sommerfreuden' which presented a wrapping of the Ringturm tower on Danube bank in the city centre of Vienna.


www.tanja-deman.com

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BOGDAN BOGDANOVIĆ

THE DOOMED ARCHITECT 

2.2. - 13.3.2016.

Organisator: Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb

Curator: Sonja Leboš

Bogdan Bogdanović (20 August 1922 − 18 June 2010) was a Serbian architect, urbanist and essayist. He taught architecture at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture, where he also served as dean. Bogdanović wrote numerous articles about urbanism, especially about its mythic and symbolic aspects, some of which appeared in international journals such as El País, Svenska Dagbladet, Die Zeit and others.His main works are monuments built in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In particular, the monumental concrete sculpture in Jasenovac gained international attention.

 

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Studio Pulitika belongs to the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik since the beginning of 2008

The exhibition was opened in February 2008

PAINTINGS OF A PERSONAL ARCADIA

Dubrovnik painter Đuro Pulitika, who died in December 2006, willed to the Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, one of his work and the Dulčić-Masle-Pulitika Gallery 64 of his artworks. Since this establishment is actually a part of the Museum of Modern Art, all the donated works are kept in its premises. And a very short time ago, the Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, was given the use of the studio of the departed painter. Thus, putting these two facts together, we decided to present to the public a selection of these donated works in this space.

These are works with different subjects, techniques, formats and even degrees of completion, created in the period from the end of the 1930s to the beginning of this century. Thus all phases of the painter’s creative work are represented, and it is possible to trace his development from the early awkward drawings and watercolours via the works that suggest the influence of his mentors (Lubarda and Dulčić) all the way to those with the already clearly established, stylistically identifiable Pulitika version of domesticated Fauvism. Pulitika, that is, made the expressiveness of this stylistic model at home here, softened it, adapted it and employed it in the depictions of local motifs.

He found his inspiration over a not very large range, mainly in the stretch between his native Bosanka and the Dubrovnik in which he lived. He painted scenes on a chamber scale, whether to do with, literally, interiors, or of the local landscapes that he reduced to the stylised unit of a mini-universe. All these scenes in their self-sufficient roundedness, it seems, rule out the rest of the world, are located within the frame of the picture as if in a cradle, comfortable, safe and warm.


And in the enclosures of these fields in which live and last cats and fish, old captains, a figure of Christ, naked female bodies, cupboards and beds, fruit, flowers, hills, trees, cottages and paths lies the dominion of free colour. Not caring for the real, the profane state of affairs, this colour expresses the sensations, the moods and the will of the painter. The result of all is a fairytale scene, an idealised vision of an artist who in the universal harmony of his personal Arcadia discovered, as well as his hedonistic drives, the vitality of the presence of the child in himself. (A.M.)

Đuro Pulitika was born on February 26, 1922, in the village of Bosanka by Dubrovnik. He attended both elementary and high school in Dubrovnik. In 1941, he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He stayed there until 1943, and then went back between 1945 and 1947, after which he left it permanently. After his return to Dubrovnik, in the home of Kosta Strajnić he met Petar Lubarda. At his invitation, he went to Cetinje and enrolled in the Art School, a course which he completed in 1950. He, Antun Masle and Ivo Dulčić together made up the celebrated “Dubrovnik three”. He had his first solo show in the LIKUM Salon in Dubrovnik in 1953. By the end of his life he had exhibited at more than 50 individual (in Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Milan, Rome, Paris and New York) and many collective exhibitions at home and abroad. He was awarded many prizes, diplomas and decorations. In 1993 he won the City of Dubrovnik Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and in 1997 the Vladimir Nazor Lifetime Achievement Prize.
Đuro Pulitika died on December 14, 2006, in Dubrovnik.