Arsen Roje, Closing the Circle
Arsen Roje’s oeuvre was presented last summer to his hometown, Split, where an exhibition was mounted at Split’s Museum of Fine Arts by two prominent art historians and art critics, Ješa Denegri and Branko Franceschi. Now, Zagreb’s audience is introduced to the works of Arsen Roje, who became world-famous in the 1970s thanks to his poster designs for Altman’s Oscar-winning black comedy war film, M.A.S.H, and for Fellini’s Casanova, an adaptation of the autobiography of the greatest Italian lover of all time. Authored by Branko Franceschi, Director of the Modern Gallery, the Closing the Circle exhibition is on view at the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery until 29th March, showcasing Roje’s early works and series he created in Split, and the works he created over the last 10 years of his life in Los Angeles, where he had lived since 1971. These are 39 drawings from the same portfolio that had never been exhibited publically prior to their presentation at Split’s Museum of Fine Arts last summer, and paintings from Roje’s painting oeuvre that the public had not even known existed.