PROLONGED EXHIBITION BOGOLJUB BOBA JOVANOVIĆ

24.06.2016
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The exhibition Bogoljub Boba Jovanović is prolonged for another week (until the 22nd of August) due to great public interest.

 

         On the occasion of an important jubilee – twenty years of the Zepter Gallery – ZEPTER MUSEUM, the ZEPTER MUSEUM established in 2014 an award that should contribute to a proper historic presentation of artistic opus of artists who had not been adequately evaluated in our art history. The first recipient of this bi-annual award, bearing the name - STOJAN ĆELIĆ, artist, theorist and critic, academician – is Bogoljub Boba Jovanović (1924). Until recently almost unknown to the general public and even some experts, Bogoljub Jovanović had two notable exhibitions in Belgrade in 1953. From that time until 2006, when a third solo show in Belgrade was organised for him, Jovanović lived in Paris (1953-1960) and in New York, from 1960 to 1984, when he definitely returned to Belgrade, to settle in the town of his birth which he had visited in the meantime, but almost secretly and for short periods. He has not forgotten America and returns there whenever it is possible.

          Although our present knowledge of Jovanović’s works is only fragmentary, a significant research has been done during the preparation of the exhibition and the monograph study in order to shed light on Bogoljub’s enigmatic personality and also to make his opus as complete as possible. This will be obvious from the exhibition we open: BOGOLJUB JOVANOVIĆ – THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON, and from the monograph published.

          It is not easy to reconstruct in full how much and what he has done. His works from Paris no longer exist and many of those done in New York have been lost. There is a limited number of his oil paintings: two abstract and several portraits. More numerous are „small format pictures“ from two cycles: the cycle of Proverbs and the cycle of Magicians, as well as works done in coloured ink and wax on paper in America. He brought back to Belgrade a small number of his works and a lot had left in New York. Although the entire series of those works, called simply works on paper and exhibited in Belgrade for the first time in the Gallery of the Association of Graphic Artists in 2006, we have renamed them as works from the series SOMETHING PERSONAL since they frequently show, as Jovanović says, scenes from his own life and his own views.

          How much did he paint? He drew even more. The preserved drawings are largely on small-format pieces of paper, frequently office paper. He used pencil, charcoal, pen (India ink, varnish, ink), brush (washes, temperas) and lots of wax in some pieces. There are numerous self-portraits (in pencil, charcoal, in colour), male and female portraits of known and unknown persons, nudes in the most diverse positions, landscapes and townscapes, important buildings, free compositions, etc. He dated many drawings, sometimes even noted the place where they were done. All of them are from the time before Bogoljub left for Paris. Only a few have been brought from America.