26 October 2012 – 17 February 2013

Prostor Oblik. Abstract art from the collections of the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 
The Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 1946, boasts an impressive, extensive collection of Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Yugoslavian art from the late 19th century to the present.

The particular artistic traditions of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 20th century are, however, practically unknown in Central Europe. This prompted Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, as national gallery of the principality of Liechtenstein, to invite its sister institution in Sarajevo to develop a presentation on the history of abstract art in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The exhibition at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein brings together nine artists with their works from the 1970s, giving the first insight into the work of the artist group «Prostor Oblik» (Space Form). Their bold approach of an art totally free of objects not only changed the tradition of Socialist Realist painting, but also added new forms of artistic expression to the culture of former Yugoslavia.
From a Central European perspective, it becomes clear that Western cultural debates and discourses were received with great interest in socialist Yugoslavia, and that this led in Bosnia – as it did in Slovenia, Croatia or Serbia – to a critical examination from which highly independent, individual artistic positions emerged. Moreover, this exhibition can thus help to add another ele-ment to the multifaceted art history of Europe after 1945, and expand its transatlantic orientation.

The exhibition presents only works held by the Art Gallery in Sarajevo, thus giving an impression of the wealth of the institution’s collections. Because the Art Gallery was forced to close to the public more than a year ago for lack of funds, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to find out more about the work of this highly committed museum.

with Vojo Dimitrijević, Tomislav Dugonjić, Bekir Misirlić, Enes Mundžić, Nikola Njirić, Edin Numankadić, Ljubomir Perčinlić, Mustafa Skopljak, Radoslav Tadić

The exhibition is a production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Ivana Udovičić, Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Edin Numankadić, Boja Prostor Vrijeme, 1974
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Enes Mundžić, Elementi Cvijeta VI, n.d.
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Tomislav Dugonjić, Exodus, n.d.
Opening
 Thursday, 25 October 2012, 18 h Vernissage 
Guided tour
 Thursday, 8 November 2012, 18 h Guided tour with Friedemann Malsch 
 Thursday, 24 January 2013, 18 h Guided tour with Christina Jacoby 
 Thursday, 14 February 2013, 18 h Guided tour 
Supporting events:
 Thursday, 8 November 2012, 20 h   Museum Filmclub

In the Land of Blood and Honey   

A movie by Angelina Jolie, USA, 2011, 126'

 Thursday, 31 January 2013, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

«Prostor Oblik». Abstract art from the collections of the Art Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Thursday, 31 January 2013, 18 h   Speech

On the artistic situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina   

with Amra Bakšić Čamo