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Srboslav Ilić, Six-Day

Srboslav Ilić: From the opening ceremony, 2015


Noah’s Ark of Srboslav Ilić

National Gallery, Belgrade

27 April – 15 May 2017


Behind the symbolical title Noah’s Ark of Srboslav Ilić a retrospective exhibition of artworks of one of our leading contemporary self-visionaries is hidden The exhibition is organised in cooperation with National Gallery in Belgrade and Museum of Naive and Marginal Art in Jagodina (MNMA) sponsored by Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia. A selection of the most valuable realisations of this author done in the last two and a half decades will be presented to Belgrade audience at National Gallery. The greatest number of more than five hundred artworks are done in tempera on wood, but the artist also examines different variations in combined technique as well as forms of three-dimensional paintings, objects and installations.


Srboslav Ilić, The Tree of Life

Srboslav Ilić, The Tree of Life, 2010-11


Srboslav Ilić, Cross

Srboslav Ilić, Cross, 2005


The potential of creative imagination of Srboslav Ilić, who reached his full expression in the works initially inspired by his fascination with extrasensory spiritual world, acquired one of its best forms in quite specific artistic world. Self-taught in his purity, sincerity of creative motivation and directness of artistic expression, the artist generated his inventive, pictorial and visionary contents with the help of the strength of authentic inventiveness, thus presenting complex connections between traditional sacral symbolism, dedicated religious contemplation and deep personal truths. Rich thematic repertoire of Biblical motifs are the artist’s inexhaustible source of creative variations of pictorial experiences, pronouncedly suggestive and at the same time refined and intensive. The author brings freshens of new experience by returning to ancient spiritual sources, thus uniting them with his authentic methods of conceptual and formal interpretation.
Strong pictorial temper and nearly obsessive devotion to creative work, sincerity, warmness and enthusiastic inspiration led this untypical author to create his authentic artistic oeuvre.
The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph-catalogue, published by MNMA. The author of the exhibition and text in the catalogue is Ivana Jovanović, art historian and senior custodian at MNMA.



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