Davorin Radić, Between Reality, Vision and Myth
In November and December, under the umbrella of the Painting Retrospectives of the Modern Gallery series, the Gallery will present the first integral retrospective of the work of Davorin Radić. It will firstly be a critical synthesis of the painter’s creative procedures and his preoccupations in terms of motif and metier. Then, the thematic cycles involved cover a wide range of painting and sculpting work, with visionary spaces and mythological scenes, vistas of the urban iconography of Zagreb and the artist’s homescape in Kostajnica, as well as the by now practically forgotten portraits. The exhibition will reveal to the public an artist who managed to reinvigorate easel painting and achieve a classical quality with an authentically contemporary painting procedure, remaining as he did so loyal to the figurative option. The exhibition of more than a hundred of the very best works of painting and sculpture from the artist’s oeuvre to date, stretching back more than thirty-five years, will make a contribution to setting a proper value on and reading anew the painter’s work, and ascertaining his place on the map of contemporary Croatian painting. Art historian Dr Ivanka Reberski has selected the material and provided a contextualisation of Radić’s work.
Davorin Radić exhibition Between Reality, Vision and Myth of the Modern Gallery, Photo:Goran Vranić©Modern Gallery, 2016