ENDURING BEAUTY AND THE ARTISTIC TRANSFORMATIONS OF VLAHO BUKOVAC

22 APRIL – 30 JUNE 2020

Author of the exhibition and accompanying publication: Professor Igor Borozan, Department of History of Art, Faculty of Philosophy

In recent years, the cultural and scientific community in the region as well as in other European countries has rediscovered and recognized the complex artistic oeuvre and work of Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), Dalmatian painter of Italian origin, the professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and a full member of the Serbian Royal Academy.

The exhibition ‘Enduring Beauty and Artistic Transformations of Vlaho Bukovac’ follows the life and work of this painter along the Paris-Cetinje-Belgrade-Zagreb-Prague route, in light of migrations and interaction of his idealistic, cultural and artistic expressions. The significance of Bukovac’s work for the Serbian cultural milieu will further be elucidated. Starting with early visits to Cetinje residence of rulers, over his arrival at the Serbian Court of King Milan and the last members of the Obrenović Dynasty in Smederevo, to the association with two rulers of the Karađorđević Dynasty, he cooperated with the highest representatives of the Serbian state and was perceived as the most important dynastic painter of Serbian rulers of the modern age, while enjoying a high position among the Serbian artistic elite. He aspired to create a unique Yugoslav cultural region.

The goal of the upcoming exhibition is to enlighten the general public about Bukovac’s significance in the region and Europe, in the historical circumstances, while emphasizing the credo of his painting, deeply rooted in humanism and belief in the concept of an ideal nature.

The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a monograph, is almost entirely based on Bukovac’s works from domestic artistic collections (the National Museum in Belgrade, Memorial Collection of Pave Beljanski, Artistic Collection of the Royal Compound in Dedinje, the Museum of Yugoslavia, Veterans’ Club Building, The House of Jevrem Grujić), with several loans from the region (Modern Gallery in Zagreb, the National Gallery in Ljubljana, Vlaho Bukovac House (Museum) in Cavtat).