Hello dear visitors. This is the third post in our new weekly “City Break Week Guide” column. Our goal is to make a short preview of the latest events in the city of Belgrade. So, let’s see what’s going on during this week and next weeks.
Exhibition curator: Svetlana Mitić, Senior Curator
The exhibition Marij Pregelj: Document of Truth presents the paintings created between 1947 and 1967 by Slovenian artist Marij Pregelj (8 August 1913, Kranj – 18 March 1967, Ljubljana). The paintings are part of the Vasko and Zlata Pregelj Legacy. The legacy carries the names of the artist’s son and wife, and it was given to the Museum in 1986 after the death of the artist’s wife, according to the wishes of the artist himself, by which it was fairly bequeathed to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade and the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Besides the paintings, the Museum of Contemporary Art also received 123 graphics and 22 watercolour, gouache and pastel paintings. A segment of the Legacy, the graphics, were displayed at the 1988 exhibition at the Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković Gallery-Legacy.
Marij Pregelj is a Slovenian painter and graphics artist; an artist with a very specific iconography and ultimately personal symbolism, who’s creative contribution it is not possible to omit when considering Slovenian and Yugoslav art of the second half of the last century. His father Ivan Pregelj was a Slovenian expressionist writer and the fact that he grew up in a literary family is important to creating a comprehensive understanding of his life and art biography. He was educated at the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb where he graduated under the mentorship of Professor Ljuba Babić. His first appearance was at the exhibition of the Independent in 1937, organised at Jakopičev Dom (The Home of Jakopič) in Ljubljana and his solo exhibiting started in 1950. Pregelj’s paintings are a reaction to existential challenges of contemporary man, which this artist expresses with “Homeric magnitude” using a strong gesture and expressive colour range. Pregelj is the creator of many series, always new iconographic traits and formal variations. The creative oeuvre of Marij Pregelj is from its very beginnings permeated by observing man’s existence, its interpretation, but first and foremost its psychological and psychoanalytical complexity. Pregelj’s overall body of work, especially the last creative decade is dominated by the human figure in all its iconographic and symbolical complexity: man’s experience of birth, man as bearer of death, as a figure sitting at the table, as Orante female figure, as corpse at the table or crucified form on the cross.Pregelj’s artistic expression is an authentic and autochthonous phenomenon occurring during the evolution of socialist modernism and is closest in nature to Slovenian dark modernism (Tomaž Brejc), and on the wider European plane, Pregelj’s art corresponds to the highest reaches of the last generation of modernist painters.
He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1954 and 1956, at the Tokyo Biennale in 1955, the Guggenheim International in New York in 1958 and the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1963. He was a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Ljubljana and president of the Association of Fine Art Artists of Yugoslavia (1960-1964). He received numerous awards, among them the Golden Plaque at the Second Triennial of Yugoslav Art in Belgrade, 1964, Prešern’s Award in 1958 and 1964, and Jakopič’s Award in 1969.
The Paintings Collection of the MCA, besides the Legacy, includes also 12 works of this artist which were previously acquired for the Museum collections, including especially important works belonging to Pregelj’s mature opus: Fantastic Feast (1966) and Diptyhon I, Diptyhon II (1976).
Music connection organisation presents a global female DJ stars Heidi and Kim Ann Foxman supported by the locals Tijana T and Kristijan Molnar on the 16th of April at DEPO warehouse.Last time we had an opportunity to hear these two ladies playing b2b DJ set was on Exit’s Dance arena. Maybe a reminder is due. Tickets can be purchased at all Eventimbox office as well as online at www.eventim.rs. Kim Ann Foxman tends to be frustrated with the norm. “I sometimes get worried that there are no longer enough freaks in the world.’ she grumbles ‘I love Grace Jones because she has ‘balls’ and she’s the last alien on earth.” This adopted New Yorker is screaming for the dance industry to shake its style like Grace. “Her presence is so huge, any little thing she does, you can feel her each and every move.” And it is this sense of vitality that Foxman will expand in the next chapter of her remarkable career.Foxman has now gone full circle. She’s stepped away from singing with New York’s neo-disco collective Hercules and Love Affair to return to her fundamental passions: rocking clubs as a DJ and producing raw electronic music. Channeling such a revived focus she’s also unleashing a brand new record label – Firehouse – in a promising collaboration with London based music and art label The Vinyl Factory.
Mario Biondi, known as Italian Berry White, is one of the most beautiful male vocals of the world soul and jazz scene. He will hold two intimate concerts entitled “Up Close and Very Personal” at BitefArtCafe on
March 9 and 10.
Biondi originates from an art family – his grand grandfather has been renowned painter, grandma was a singer, while his father is popular composer and it was logical for Mario to inherit that artistic gene. His music is a combination of several genres with emphasis on jazz, soul and funk which suit his voice the most. Biondi’s music adventures brought him the opportunity to cooperate with Italian stars as well as American legend Ray Charles and the frontman of Incognito, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick.
After his first performance in Belgrade, during the first Musicology Festival, Mario Biondi will hold two concerts and present his latest album “Beyond Special Edition”, as well sing his greatest hits “This is what you are” and “Shine”.
Tickets cost 1500 dinars and can be purchased in BitefArtCafe and at Eventim ticket outlets.
Tickets are on sale at the Sava Center, Dom Sindikata, Kombank Arena and other box offices of Eventim network, DD Tickets and Ticketline. Ticket prices range from 1,590 to 3,990 dinars, whereas the sale of a limited number of VIP tickets will be at a price of 5.990 dinars. All information and reservations can be obtained by calling the number 011/2206244 or by email at [email protected]
Guitar Art Festival will be held from the 8th to the 13th of March at the Youth Center and Sava Center in Belgrade. Every March this event seem to be bringing more than a hundred artists from around the world who give concerts, lectures and workshops. For visitors from around the world, the 17th edition of the Guitar Art Festival justifies its status as one of the five largest classical guitar festival in the world, and its program will be in addition to excellent classical music concerts, the audience and compelling selection of world class musicians in the field of jazz, fado, tango , flamenco and folk music. Besides a large Luz Casal concert at the Sava Center, this year Youth Centre will be a festival center with five concert nights and 11 concerts by artists such as Duo Bandini, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Amadeus Guitar Duo, VishwaMohat Bhatt Trio, Jeremy Jouve, Raphael smittsom, Alfonso & Miguel Linares flamenco sextet, Slobodan Milivojevic, Kyuhee Park, Ricardo Perreira Fado Trio and Ferenc Snétberger jazz trio. More information about the program, center developments in Europe with the Guitar Art Festival, and the festival timetable can be found on www.gaf.rs.