A PHOTOGRAPH TO A PAINTING – EUROPEAN FIGURATIVE PAINTING OF THE 1960s AND 1970s

16 NOVEMBER – 16 DECEMBER 2021

Authors: curator team Daniel and Gunnar Kvaran and Heritage House curator Dina Pavić

The exhibition of the most prominent painters, representatives of European figurative art, which is to be opened on 16 November, encompasses two exhibition showrooms – the Heritage House and SASA Gallery and showcases the local and European art scene of this movement which developed in the 1960s and 1970s.

The exhibition will feature the works of the following authors: Richard Hamilton, (1922-2009), Jacques Monory, (1924-2018), Erró, 1932, Mimmo Rotella, (1918-2006), Dušan Otašević (1940), Eduardo Arroyo, (1937), Alain Jacquet, (1939-2008), Gerhard Richter, (1932), Miodrag Mića Popović (1924-1996), Aleksandra Cvetković (1947), Božidar Damjanovski (1947), Andrej Jemec (1934), Vera Fischer, (1925-2009), Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997), Berko (1947), Evelyne Axell, (1935 – 1972), Peter Klasen (1935), Peter Stämpfli (1935), R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007), Valerio Adami (1935) and Vladimir Veličković (1935–2019).

The exhibition offers the audience the possibility to see the works of the above-mentioned artists who also used photographs in their works to record social, political, and cultural features of the environments they created in. For some of them, photography was a ’kind of a quote of mass culture’; artistic processes such as pop art and figurativism were based on the use of already existing photographs (from various forms of periodicals) of icons of pop music, films, politics, i.e. consumer society. Artists broached a wide spectre of issues by rephotographing, copying, editing, cropping, enlarging, designing, and distributing figures, beginning with the reality issue, originality and ending with the system of representation in the history of art.

The project has been endorsed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the City of Belgrade.