RADIVOJE ĐUROVIĆ

19.11.2015
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People say that artists live long, but Radivoje Đurović, just like some others from his generation – Veselin Vesa Drašković or Zoran Vuković – left this world in the prime of his creative abilities, when he could have produced a lot of new works. He was born in Belgrade in 1950 and died in 2008 and his whole life was dedicated to art. He lived in Belgrade, New York and London, and did not have many solo exhibitions. Between 1976, the year of his first solo show of paintings and drawings organised in the Kolarac Gallery, and 2005, when he had his last solo (paintings) in the Gallery of the Association of Serbian Artists (ULUS), he had five exhibitions: in 1979 in the Gallery of Graphic Artists (drawings), in 1981 in Nikšić (paintings and drawings), in 1986 in the Kolarac Gallery (paintings), in 1993 in the Gallery of Graphic Artists (collages), and in 1999 in the ULUS Gallery (paintings), together with Zoran Grebenarović and Mladen Mićunović. He more frequently participated in group exhibitions and received several important awards.

In the catalogue foreword Bojan Burić wrote the following:

Radivoje Đurović belongs to the generation of young people who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade (Faculty, after 1973) in a creative atmosphere that generated a number of artists who made their city in the 1980s a true metropolis of art. Although it seemed then that two exclusive poetics were dominant in the School, such as poetic or symbolic realism and abstraction – classifying students in a simplified way into rationalists and intuitivists – the creative potential lay in those who carefully fostered and retained their individuality. Radivoje Đurović was one of them and he was able to use in the best way the fact that he attended the prestigious class of Professor Stojan Ćelić and learned the methodology that helped him to build and improve his own sensibility and inform his own visual reflections. His creative self combined intelligence and intuition, asceticism and concision with creative hedonism that would suddenly break into flames of colouristic fireworks.

Đurović did not just paint, but he thought about his profession. In his recently discovered notes we find: „My paintings are the result of a profound and systematic observation of things that surround me. Therefore, the chosen motif is separated from the whole to which it belongs and when transposed onto the canvas it offers the unexpected, because we are used to see it together with other elements or happenings that accompany it and with which it makes up an entity that we recognise and remember... Objects separated from the whole acquire new qualities, new characteristics. When one considers those relations one could speak about these paintings as a view of the world. The surrounding world we pass every day without noticing it.“

The exhibition RADIVOJE ĐUROVIĆ, ON BICYCLE TO A MODERN CITY offers indications of what and how Radivoje Đurović used to work: he painted, drew, made collages, helped in the execution of important mosaics; general design, magazine and book design were also within the scope of his activities. He used oil paints, acrylic, combined techniques, coloured pencils.

And all this began when he sat on a bicycle and rode to a modern city.

SKRETANJE LEVO / LEFT TURN, oko 1980/81   KOLAŽ / COLAGE, 1987 ZELENO DRVO / GREEN TREE, 1988/89
SEMAFOR / TRAFFIC LIGHT, 1995 STADION / STADIUM, 2005 MINIJATURNI STADION / MINIATURE STADIUM, 2008