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THROUGH THE BINOCULARS OF THE GRAPHIC COLLECTIVE - MAPPING HISTORY


Through the Binoculars of the Graphic Collective - mapping history. Within the framework of an online project, we present artistic phenomena and events that marked the contemporary art scene in Serbia and the activity of the Graphic Collective. Since its founding, this House of Artists has been a cultural hub that brings together representatives of various fields of artistic activity, many of whom have achieved a paradigmatic role in their creative field.



Petar Omčikus


The formative years of Petar Omčikus and his generation of artists were marked by the ideas of socialist realism and a personal resistance to the official state aesthetics. After leaving for Paris, where he encountered abstract art, Omčikus turned towards free expression and geometrized associative abstraction. From the beginning of the seventh decade, his painting evolved into a kind of gestural coloristic figuration. In later periods, Omčikus thematically focused on portraits, drawings of Belgrade, fantastic realism and sculpture. A significant phase in the painter's oeuvre was the exhibition Portraits, held in the Graphic Collective Gallery. Displayed were paintings of his friends - Lazar Trifunović, Nikša Stipčević, Vojislav Đurić, Vojislav Korać, Rajko Mamuzić, the Painter’s Father, Self-Portrait, a total of 20 portraits painted from 1977 to 1979. They also presented his artistic reflections on the intellectual circles he moved in. Petar Omčikus’ close ties with the Serbian artists in Paris were seen in the exhibition Four Graphic Artists from Paris - Omčikus with K. Bokšan, M. Belić, S. Bijeljac – held in the Graphic Collective Gallery in 1996.


                   
              Autoportret                                                   Lazar Trifunović


Petar Omčikus (1926. Sušak near Rijeka, Croatia – 2019. Belgrade) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in class of professor Ivan Tabaković. In 1947. he left his studies and went to Zadar where he worked in company of artists Kosa Bokšan, Mića Popović, Vera Božičković, Bata Mihailović, Ljubinka Jovanović i others; six months of work of this artistic community in Zadar in historiography has been named as the Zadar group. After returning to Belgrade, Omčikus joined the Group of Eleven and held his first solo exhibition in 1951. Shortly, after in 1952, Petar Omčikus and Kosa Bokšan left Yugoslavia and started living and working in Paris. Since 1965, he spent summer seasons with his wife, Kosa Bokšan, in Vela Luka on Korčula island (Croatia), where they organized numerous international meetings of artists, philosophers and critics. He participated in numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held in 1985 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. He is a laureate of numerous awards and recognitions. He was member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


   
Mihailo Mitrović                               Rajko Mamuzić                                   Nedo Farčić

   
Zdravko Vučinić                                 Vojislav Korać                                 Vojislav Đurić

           
Radovan Samardžić                       Dragan Šinžar                                   Ivan Oreb "Hegel"



 

 

 
 
 
 
   
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