News 16 Jun 13

Velickovic’s Double Comeback

Celebrated Serbian painter Vladimir Velickovic is showing his work in his home town Belgrade for the first time in a decade.

Nemanja Cabric

Belgrade audiences have a rare opportunity to see not one but two exhibitions of paintings, collages and drawings by the internationally-renowned Serbian artist Vladimir Velickovic, including works that he created over the past decade.

The first exhibition at Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, entitled ‘Ravens’, includes a series of paintings by Velickovic inspired by these birds, as well as three sculptures.

Ravens, which in his previous works had a restrained look, now spread their wings over 38 oil paintings, their beaks protruding menacingly while the humans in the pictures are portrayed solely as victims or prey.

“Those are aggressive black birds that circle over us,” the artist said at a recent press conference.

The other exhibition at the Zepter Museum includes 31 of Velickovic’s collages and drawings. 

Velickovic was born in Belgrade in 1935 and after studying architecture in the Serbian capital, he moved to Paris in 1966.

Since 1983, he has worked as a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Beaux-Arts in Paris, and has been honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur, as well the top French medal in the field of culture, the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

He is a member of both the Serbian and Macedonian academies of arts and sciences. The exhibition at SANU (Address: Knez Mihailova 35) will be open until July 7 while the one at the Zepter Museum (Address: Knez Mihailova 42) continues until June 23.

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