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May Exhibition of Printmaking

6 - 16. May 2019.

On Monday, May 6th at 7pm the traditional May Exhibition of Printmaking was opened at ULUS Gallery in Knez Mihailova Street 37.

One of the oldest and most important events has been held in Grafički kolektiv since 1951. Its core and creative energy have been kept and transferred from one generation to another, preserving and nourishing the creative potential of printmaking. This exhibition gathers the best printmakers who are mostly attached to Belgrade or Serbia by either their work or life, and artists from the region, which is why it is reliable indicator and a place for promotion of new ideas on the contemporary printmaking scene. The main award for this exhibition, called The Great Seal Award, was established in 1963. and it represents the most relevant acknowledgment for printmaking in Serbia. Some of the laureates are Vladimir Veličković, Stojan Ćelić, Bogdan Kršić, Bora Iljovski, Halil Tikveša, Boško Karanović…

The jury for the Great Seal Award 2019: Miroslav Sapundžić, art historian and the president of the jury, Bojan Otašević, printmaker and the laureate of the award, and Jelena Jocić, printmaker. After careful observation of the exhibited prints at the May exhibition of printmaking, the jury concluded that this year’s exhibition represents the intersection of printmaking scene in Serbia, and decided to honor Ljiljana Stojanović for her work The Strength of Lines (2019, linocut)

Ljiljana Stojanović, The Strength of Lines, 2019, linocut

Jury’s statement
Ljiljana Stojanović, painter and printmaker, has been active for more than three decades on the contemporary printmaking scene. The author belongs to the spiritual brotherhood of Belgrade’s printmaking scene and has a status of an artist who is devoted to this media. With her recognizable manuscript and sensitivity for the material and matter of prints, the artist confirms her superior mastership in execution of the idea. During her previous work, Ljiljana Stojanović has been on a road from figuration, abstract and associative forms, to the simplification and reduction of forms with a sonorous energy of the line which can be noticed also in her awarded print, The strength of a line. Dynamic composition is structured with a linear web of powerful, fragmented flows, which are accented by the form and color of one expressive vertical line. One of many qualities of this print is the well-established relationship between the linocut technique, composition and the noble texture of paper, which is a peculiarity of the author.

Ljiljana Stojanović (Ljubljana, 1955). graduated printmaking in 1979. at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, and finished her postgraduate studies of printmaking in 1982. at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She is the member of ULUS and ULUPUDS, and had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad (Ljubljana, Rijeka, Varna, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Thessaloniki, Washington...). Stojanović received many awards for printmaking and drawing, some of them are: The Golden Needle of ULUS, The Small Seal Award of Grafički kolektiv, Award for printmaking at the October Salon… And also, she was the professor at the College of Fine and Applied Arts Vocational Studies in Belgrade.

Opening of the exhibition



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