Damir Mataušić, A Critical Retrospective, 1974 -2020
DAMIR MATAUŠIĆ is an artist with more than four decades of creative experience in a specific sculptural form who has successfully applied defined artistic poetics in several sculptural disciplines. It ranges from medals, coins, ceremonial chains and honorifics to small-scale sculpture, reliefs and public monuments. From intimate, official, to public and religious, his sculptures are characterized by profound insight and an exceptional devotion to the execution of the work. Mataušić’s work is distinctive for its usage of different types of materials, dominated by polished metals, and inventive compositions executed with technical precision. The value of his work synthetizes historical and cultural heritage without depriving artistic creativity of its dignity. Mataušić’s subtle personality equally anticipates complex contemporary artistic challenges, and it resulted in a distinctive sculptural oeuvre with a firmly established status in the contemporary visual arts in Croatia.
The critical retrospective exhibition showcases Damir Mataušić’s Small and Big World. From the Meadow to Clouds and Sky, from the ludic to the spiritual world of this versatile sculptor and medallist. By combining seemingly incompatible materials, techniques, visual solutions and motifs he is inspired to expand the possibilities of sculptural expression. With independent structured activity, the artist created an enviable sculptural oeuvre and occupied an unassailable position in recent Croatian visual arts.
Tatijana Gareljić, author of the exhibition and museum consultant of the National Museum of Modern Art©National Museum of Modern Art