Drawing Art Gallery CHAOS

Ivan Radović (1894-1973) was born in Vršac on the 22nd of June, 1894. He studied at the Art Academy in Budapest, as well as in Prague, Paris, Munich, Venice and Vienna. At one period of life, he taught at the Art School in Belgrade. He was member of the artistic groups Shape and The Six. Radović had independent exhibition in Belgrade in 1925, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1933 and 1952. Great retrospectives of his work were organized in Novi Sad in 1966 and in Belgrade in 1971.
On his very first exhibition in Belgrade, back in 1922, Ivan Radović presented not only his paintings but also the drawings, as he kept on doing often in his independent and collective exhibitions. His numerous drawings were also exhibited within the retrospective of his work, organised in 1971 by the Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) on occasion of his acceptance at the Academy.

A few months after the artist’s death in 1973, his widow, Olga Radović, donated a selection of his drawings to the Gallery of SASA. Several years later, the second part of this legacy was brought to the Gallery so nowadays the Academy’s collection consists of around 2,400 Radović’s works on paper – both separate sheets and sketchbooks – including drawings done in pencil, ink and charcoal, as well as a few combined with watercolours.

Gordana Harašić presented a part of this collection at the exhibition 200 Drawings by Ivan Radović – A Sellection from the Legacy of Olga Radović in 1984, and in 1986, Olivera Miljković, alo in the Gallery of SASA, presented around 130 his works at the exhibition Ivan Radović’s Drawings from the legacy of Olga Radović – Part II. Exhibition in the Chaos Gallery is in fact continuation of the formerly planned project based on idea of successive partial presentations of the collection. Therefore, this selection of works was not meant to be a retrospective, but presentation of another part of Olga Radović’s gift to the Academy that has not yet been exhibited.

There were only a few our artists that used to draw as much as Radović and whose drawings are as important as his, both in the author’s opus as a whole and in the wider context. During the first half of the 20th century, Radović, as well as Sava Šumanović, used to experiment more than all the others. His drawings clearly witness about his artistic curiosity and the author’s readiness to change in the sphere of technique and style and in the field of form reduction, decomposition and other visual phenomena...

Jelena Mežinski Milovanović

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