Studio officialy opened exhibition “Contemporary International Aquarelle” on October 26. As title implies, it is a group exhibition where 86 aquarelles, done by 71 artists from 6 continets were presented.
Each author presented art work in a distinctive way showing excellent knowledge of aqarelle as a very demanding artistic discipline.
Looking at the presented works the viewer comes to the conclusion that these artists are very seriously engaged in aquarelle that requires special skills, artistry, time and certain techniques knowledge so result could be at such a high level, which is present in this exhibition.
Authors of presented aquarlles are prominent world artists coming from India, Brazil, Malaysia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Indonesia, Nepal, Morocco, Egypt, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Iran, Malta, Italy, Ecuador, Lithuania, the USA, the Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Uruguay, Turkey, Macedonia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Peru, Armenia, Greece, Moldova, Latvia, Bosnia, Hungary, Bangladesh, Pakistan, France, Estonia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Thailand, Russia, Montenegro, Germany, Belarus, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and Serbia.
At the opening ceremony General Manager Mirjana Vojić specially thanked to Mr. Pedja Aćimović, the General Manager of the Gallery “A” from Belgrade for helping in organization and realization of this exhibition.
As for the musical part of the program, young flautist have their little stage performance. Iva Bošković, Nina Andrić, Ivana Marković, Dijana Mižić and Andrijana Matić who performed at the opning ceremony are students of the local Elementary Music School in the class of Professor Slobodanka Vasiljević-Ljujić.
Every year International Art Studio takes place in the traditional cultural and music Summer festival called “Tešnjar Nights”, which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary. As a part of this huge Summer event Studio opened on August 9 exhibition called “Venezuela in Walter De Leon’s canvases”. As the title says, art lovers had the opportunity to see solo exhibition of Walter De Leon, a prominent Venezuelan artist, who with his own particular way of painting made enchanting landscapes of Venezuela and natural beauty of this wonderful South American country much closer to Serbian pople.
Using oil on canvas as a technique Walter De Leon clearly stated that the figurative painting is his passion, as well as his unquestionable fascination with the natural beauty of Venezuela, Carribian country which eradiates contrasts in every way. On 22 mostly medium format art works that are presented, luxury Venezuelan nature is recognisable and spectator can feel a powerful force of tropical landscapes.
Acclaimed Venezuelan artist, educator, philosopher, theologian, museologist, critic, essayist, poet and writer Orlando Campos R. points out that Walter De Leon with his works speaks to quite high demanding figurative painting fans. According to Campos R. paintings of De Leon exude with narrative eloquence and seduce with peaceful, subtle elegance and its particular eye-catching shades.
The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Belgrade representatives. First Secretary of the Embassy Mr. Oskar Suloaga opened this one man show by Walter De Leon.
Dance group “Venezuela” and vocal-instrumental group, made from people who work at the Embassy of Venezuela in Belgrade performed at the opening ceremony. With traditional Venezuelan dances and music they succed to present and managed to approach significant part of their beautiful country to our audience.
On the first day of June Studio opened solo exhibition of paintings and objects “From Imagination to Reality and Beyond…” by Hungarian artist Ferenc Maurits, who in addition to fine art successfully writes poetry. Audience was able to see five different opuses from this author done with pencil and acrylic on paper as well as 12 objects dating from 1992 to 2011.
Looking at the works of Ferenc Maurits, his obsession with lines, their complicated schedule and skilful interwoven is noticeable. These lines often receive contours of some terrifying creatures. Many of his works are inspired by literature works and motifs, which he as author does not hide at all.
Art critic Zoltan Sebek in his text “Sketches of the Soul” notes that the figure of Maurits are “so immaterial that light of varying intensities, i.e. colors, penetrate them almost unobstructed. That which blocks the light, the line which sometimes undulates lazily or oscillates gently or even contracts spasmodically into a knot, is of a spiritual nature rather than of a physical one.
String Quartet (Jana Rašić – 1st violin, Mitar Jovanović – 2nd violin, Nevena Lukić – viola and Katarina Marković – Cello) of the local Music School performed at grand opening. These young and talented high school music students presented “Hungarian Dance” by German composer Johannes Brahms and “String Quartet No. 1” of the Austrian composer Franz Schubert. The audience also enjoyed in “Concerto for Solo Flute” and solo singing of Schubert’s “Danksagung an den Bach “, both performed by the young flautist and soprano Jovana Kojić.
International Art Studio “Radovan Trnavac Mića” traditionally participates in the “Night of Museums”. On Saturday, May 21, our gallery was open from 6 PM until one hour after midnight. Studio organized half-hour concert by students of the local Music School for the occasion of 13th “Night of Museums”. A talented young people performance was completed with the exhibition of paintings from Studio’s significant international artworks collection.
The audience was able to see the works of eleven artists who have exhibited at the Studio like: Stephen Kerner (USA), Natalia Bazhenova (Russia), Alexander Zhernokluev (Russia), Michael Walton (England), Edgar Cano Lopez (Mexico), Armando Marino (Cuba), Victor Shilko (Belarus) and Ryuichi Yahagi (Japan).
Group exhibition “It is possible when it is impossible” was opened on Thursday, 5 November 2015. The authors were members of the famous “Zadar Group”: Kosara Bokšan, Ljubinka Jovanović Mihajlović, Mileta Andrejević, Milorad Bata Mihailović, Miodrag Mića Popović, Peter Omčikus i Vera Božičković Popović. For the first time their paintings were exhibited together in one place in front of the audience.
All these artists had never exhibited together for their life time. Therefore, this exhibition at the International Art Studio “Radovan Trnavac Mica” in some way corrects a historical mistake.
The group of future avant-garde artists, at that time students of the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Professor Ivan Tabaković, in the spring semester of 1947, left the Academy and went to Zadar. Rebellion and “art trip” of these young people, who would later become a famous Serbian and world artists, formed something that will become a phenomenon in the history of post-war local art titled “Zadar Group”. Their rebellion was caused by disagreement of the content and form, which they were imposed as students. It was also an effort to get out of the vicious circle of to war tendency civil painting. The decision to leave the Academy and go to Zadar influenced the creation of a new space in the Serbian fine arts.
“The proof of how painters of Zadar Group were significant not only in Serbian, but also in the world of painting, is the fact that six of seven of them, who in 1952 went to Paris, were awarded with the Legion of Honor medal by French President. No country in the world has that”, said at the opening of this exhibition Mr. Živorad Ajdačić, Secretary General of Cultural and Educational Community of Serbia.
On this occasion Studio specially thanked to Mr. Ninko Radosavljević, Mr. Dragan Vasiljević, also to mr Dajana Đedović, director of the Culture Center “Vuk Karadžić” in Loznica, mr Snezana Neškovič-Simić, manager of Mića Popović’s and Vera Božičković Popović’s Permanent Exhibition of paintings in Loznica, for helping with the realization of this exhibition.
Choir “Emanuil” performed at the grand opening under the baton of Professor Vanja Dragojlović.
FILM MUSIC FOR “TEŠNJAR NIGHTS“
As part of the official program of the famous Summer festival “Tešnjar Nights” the International Art Studio “Radovan Trnavac Mića” organized a concert of a “Lazar Avramović Band and Friends” along with vocalist Milica Zdravković. The repertoire was filled with vocal and instrumental music, ethno songs and famous film music. Many visitors were delighted with a concert, songs selection and the way the band and vocal performed. Audience commented that this concert should be definitely organized for masses and deserves to be held on the main stage of the festival “Tešnjar Nights”.
Outstanding music and a masterful performance of a band musicians was complemented with 40 artworks of 20 renowned Bulgarian artists, as a part of the group group exhibition “Contemporary Graphics of Bulgaria” opened earlier in June.
An exhibition titled “Contemporary Bulgarian Graphics” was officially opened on June 8 and lasted for a month. Creative graphic scene of Bulgaria was presented by 20 Bulgarian artists who have their 40 works specially prepared for this exhibition at the Studio in Valjevo. The presented graphics artists made by using different techniques: lithography, dry point, etching, aquatint, digital printing.
Professors Desislava Hristova and Svilen Stefanov who are curators and among the authors of the exhibition, pointed out that some of the artists-participants have never worked in the field of graphic arts before, and for that reason this exhibition turned into an unexpected provocation. Even for their own curators the fact is that selected Bulgarian artists belong to different generations, and that they use a variety of different strategies, eroding this exhibition at many levels and produce amazing results.
The opening ceremony started by performance of local Music High School students. Violin duo Vićentijević Jelena and Jovana Lukić played the “Canon Sonata” by Georg Philipp Telemann. Duet Ljubica Milutinović – flute and Strahinja Stefanović – clarinet played Stamitz “Brass Duet” by Stamitz. In the end, the visitors heard the accordion trio: Belušević Nemanja Mitrovic Ivan and Dragan Vasic. They choose to play “Polka” by Bedrich Smetana for this ocassion.
This year’s slogan for the European event “Night of Museums” was “Open Your Eyes In The Night” and Studio took part with its programme. It was the 8 time that our Gallery participated in such important European and national cultural event.
We organized the exhibition “From Studio’s Collection“ where we presented works from Russia, Poland, South Africa, Cuba, Turkey, Germany, Australia, Japan and Greece.
Our fellow citizen Igor Nikić who is a Professor of accordion and the East Sarajevo Music Academy graduate had a solo concert. For this occasion he played electric accordion and perform excellent repertoire in Jazz interpretation. Audience enjoyed the music from the movie “The Godfather”, also in the famous songs like “Besame Mucho”, “Con te partiro”
By Andrea Bocelli and “Je Veux” by Zaz and many more.
Younger musical students of local Primary Music School “Živorad Grbić” opened the concert: Nikolina Madžarević who is 1st grade violin student in the class of Professor Master Snežana Stevanović played “Singspiel” by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Nikola Lukić who is 5th grade accordion student in the class of Professor Vladimir Obradović played “Running time” by Derbenko. Audience alse heard young Iskra Sabo who is 1st grade guitar student in the class of the Professor Miloš Popović. She pleayed “Waltz” by Ferdinando Carulli.
January 14 is the date when Serbian people celebrate Orthodox New Year’s Day and the International Art Studio organized a surprise for children without parental care who live in our city. Studio wanted to cheer up 74 of these children by giving them presents for Orthodox New Year. This humane gesture started on December 23 2014 at the official opening of Radovan Trnavac Mića retrospective exhibition “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. For Mića’s exhibition, Studio specially printed poster/reproduction of one of his works. Each visitor donated 500 dinars (nearly 5€) and received the poster with the original signature of the artist Radovan Trnavac Mića. Money raised this way was used for the purchase of New Year’s gifts for youngsters without parental care. We succeed to make this children happy only for a moment and we are glad that we done some good did for them.
Printing shop “Valjevo print” and Atelier “Vitez” also took part in this event along with the International Art Studio as a main organizer.
YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW
The event, which symbolically closed exhibitors season 2014 was a retrospective exhibition of Radovan Trnavac Mića, the creator of the International Art Studio. Retrospective exhibition of Mića`s paintings and objects opened on 23 December and is called “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”. Seventeen paintings and objects of medium and large format created in the period from 1976 to the present were presented to the audience. Several of the exhibited works were created in studios on the docks of New York, where author once lived and worked, while most of artworks originate from his Belgrade atelier. This exhibition presents a certain homage to the retrospective exhibition in Belgrade National Museum that Radovan Trnavac Mića had 2 decades ago. This solo exhibition was organized in 1995 on the occasion of 150 years of Belgrade National Museum existence.
The opening ceremony of Mića`s retrospective exhibition in the Studio had a humanitarian note, bearing in mind that reproductions of one selected work were printed and had author`s personal signature. The posters/reproductions were sold at the opening at a symbolic price of 500.00 dinars. With this actin Studio raised money for buying New Year’s gifts for children who grow up without parental care in Valjevo. Apart from our institution company “Valjevo print” and Studio “Vitez” took part in the organization of this modest humanitarian action. Talented students from the Musical School “Živorad Grbić” performed in the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
During Septembre we organized art colony called “Paint Life”. The participants of this art colony were members of the art sections of Belgrade`s day care centers and clubs for the elderly, including a number of older people from Serbian capital city.
Easels were placed all around the beautiful landscape area that surrounds Studio`s building. These amateur painters enjoyed painting nature and landscapes in front of them. Even though they are older they still have the spark in their eyes. That spark is art and spending time painting in nature with their companions. They like to call themselves “artists out of love.” Enjoying the beautiful surroundings and the beauty of the day each of them was able to transfer a part of Valjevo on their canvases. Art Colony “Paint Life” is a part of the 12th Elderly Creativity Festival named “Golden Age” organized by day care centers and Belgrade`s Gerontology Center clubs.
For this year traditional Summer festival “Tešnjar Evenings” Studio organized an exhibition with the theme of Tešnjar Nights itself. It is the biggest, the most popular manifestation with huge publicity and it last 9 days/nights. The opening of the show in our Gallery was scheduled for the forth night of the Official Festival Programme. As a part of Studio`s Collection Exhibiotion we presented and exhibited some artworks for the first time. These for-the-first-time-seen artworks have been created during some artists in residence programme and staying of some ours guest-artists in Valjevo throughout the period of Festival.
The visitors had the opportunity to see the premiere of artworks by South African artist Andrew Dandheni Nhlangwini and Russian artists Natalia Bazhenova and Alexandr Zhernokluyev.
In accordance with the idea to dedicate the evening in the Studio to young talents opening program of the exhibition was attended by local Music School students of violin, flute and cello who have been allready awarded for thier music performance. Also the Programme included the youngest art creators who are members of Culural Center`s Visual Art Studio with their menthor Katarina Marinković.