From the opening ceremony: Her Excellency Mrs. Vera Mavric, Pavel Zdenek,
director of the Museum of Charles Bridge, Nina Krstic, author of the exhibition
From the opening ceremony
From Two Viewpoints
Gallery of Charles’ Bridge Museum, Prague
12 April – 10 May 2017
Acting for a long time as an alternative artistic scene which minimized the established canons, the art of self-taught visionaries made possible for audience to learn about parallel worlds of numerous independent, misunderstood, authentic and gifted artists who created in loneliness and isolation. Different worlds of naïve and marginal artists, inventive, non-conventional and their uncensored, impulsive visions gradually became an official and equal part of contemporary artistic heritage.
Self portrait with a flower, 2006, MNMA
In their canvases, self-taught visionaries, whether naïve artists or the so-called outsiders, provided unique forms of their dreams, fears, subconsciousness or memories. They were often pronouncedly personal and confusing, impulsively ejected ideas; although raw, they became suggestive, exciting presentations of violent inner dramas or reminiscences of childhood, fight for the brightness of a better world ruled by harmony.
A large herd, 2005, MNMA
Each in his own way, by using particular imagination,
these self-taught visionaries, Dobrosav Milojević and
Barbarien showed a high degree of authenticity, artistic
sensitivity and contemplation. As a naïve artist
Dobrosav Milojević revealed all depths of sunny side of
his soul, enchanted by nature and beauty of his
homeland, while Barbarien portrayed dark worlds and
secret life of his subconsciousness from dusk to dawn.
The world presented by Barbarien was abundant with
imperfection, uncertainty and intensive passion of
experience, which he transmitted to the canvas raw.
Energetic power of pictorial experience was in both
authors intensive in its message. In Barbarien, colour
was the bearer of affective relation towards nature and
man. With his expressive, vehement strokes, it had the
power of volcanic eruption. In pastoral paintings of
Dobrosav Milojević, colour presented exalted state of
mind of this naïve artist. With his sensibility and
optimistic spirit which produced an idealised image of
reality he created original ambience domineered by
Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art in Jagodina (Serbia) is a specialized Museum, unique in the Balkans; since its foundation in 1960 it has collected, exhibited and edited the works of naïve and marginal artists, self-taught visionaries from both Serbia and worldwide, including Czech works as well.