Exhibitions

Exhibitions
ŠIME VULAS
20.12.2011. - 25.3.2012.

 Retrospective

 
Šime Vulas (Drvenik, neighbourhood of Trogir, 1932) is one of the most prominent creative artists of post-war through to contemporary Croatian sculpture.  The Vulas retrospective exhibition in the Modern Gallery (December 20, 2011 – March 4, 2012) shows 150 works created in the span of time from 1957 to 2011, from the very earliest academy drawings and sculptures of the 50s, via works of anthropomorphic forms that are characterised by the refined morphology of his models, Henry Moore and Constantin Brancusi, to the totems that marked a turning point in the sense being a breakthrough into a new sculptural language on which he founded his own innovative morphology and set of motifs.  Sails, candles, masts, cities, organs, portals and forts are the motifs that prevailed in the 70s.  These reminiscences of the homescape, done mainly in wood and formed by fragmenting and then slotting segments in rhythmically mobile three-dimensional units, show without any ambiguity that Vulas’ way is deeply personal and perfectly in key with the endeavour to build modernism on the foundations of tradition. An important part of the retrospective is the religious section of Vulas’ oeuvre, to the  range and significance of which the exhibition testifies in a number of outstanding crosses, crucifixes, ambons and other works of liturgical intention.  Excellent photographic enlargements of some of the best of the artist’s outdoor works and monumental sculpting complement the synthesis achieved in this retrospective of Vulas’ seven decades of prolific creativity of the highest artistic value.

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