IN MEMORY OF MIODRAG B. PROTIĆ

06.03.2015
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A lawyer by vocation but by inclination and talent a painter, art critic, writer, organiser and the first Manager (1959-1980) of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Miodrag B. Protić devoted his whole life to his own art and the art of others from our and global heritage.

He attended the School of Painting run by Mladen Josić, spent some time as a grantee in Paris and New York. He was a member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts (presently Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts). From 1946 he was regularly exhibiting his works at numerous exhibitions in the country, abroad and at biennials in Alexandria, Venice, Tokyo and Sao Paolo and persevered in that and other activities to the end of his life. He had a large number of solo shows. He was a member of the following groups of artists: Samostalni (The Independent), Decembarska grupa (The December Group) and Grup 69 (Group 69). Protić received important international and local award and recognitions. In the 1950s he was art critic in NIN and contributor to other papers and magazines. He published a number of books of critical reviews, theory and art history, such as Nojeva barka (Noah’s Ark), I, II, III, a specific memoir reconstruction of the twentieth century.

He defended the autonomy of artworks, stood for the independence of artistic personality and a modern organisation of artistic life.

His paintings can be found in local and international collections. In the collection of the ZEPTER MUSEUM there are three of his paintings and his works were shown in the Zepter Gallery at exhibitions of the December Group and at his solo exhibition.

 

                  

MEDITACIJA/MEDITATION, 1971               SAZVEŽĐE/CONSTELLATION, 1972                    KOMPOZICIJA SA ORANŽ KVADRATOM/COMPOSITION WITH AN ORANGE SQUARE, 1961