Dalibor Jelavić A Critical Retrospective Exhibition
In the context of the series called Painting Retrospectives of the Modern Gallery the Modern Gallery is putting on a complete presentation of the work of Dalibor Jelavić (1949), an artist of expressive gesture and powerful colourism, whose oeuvre is one of the most distinctive exemplars of contemporary Croatian abstract and concrete art. The exhibition is conceived as a critical synthesis that with more than a hundred of the artist’s best pieces, of oils, encaustics and drawings, created since the 1970s, shows the top achievements of the artist while at the same time casting light on and setting a proper valuation on the meaning of his contribution to the body of recent Croatian art. This modern and postmodern painting personality, unique in this country, is characterised by the multiplicity of meanings and the wide versatility of his idiom and technique, which in terms of their imagination of objectless art and art that is concerned with objects are among the high points of contemporary Croatian fine art.
The responsibility for selection of the material, studies of the artist’s work and the contextualisation of his art overall has been assumed by Academician Tonko Maroević and Modern Gallery curator Želko Marciuš, while the extensive catalogue will be published in collaboration with the Kula Gallery of Split, where the exhibition will be seen again during the autumn of 2016.