Dimitrije Popović, The Divine and the Demonic in Leonardo da Vinci
The 7th December saw the opening of Dimitrije Popović’s The Divine and the Demonic in Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery, dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the death of this Renaissance genius marked throughout Europe. In the catalogue text, Dimitrije Popović writes that the title of the exhibition has been derived from an antithetical perception of Leonardo’s genius: The divine – a creator of perfect mystical beauty, an aesthetician, an apologist for love and an inventor. The demonic – accused of sodomy, dissecting cadavers, a misanthropist who gives precedence to philosophy over Christianity. Due to this duality, the exhibition is set up in two parts, the first of which showcases works created between 1980 and 1983, and the second Popović’s recent works, which, unlike the old compositions, comprise organic forms combined with the geometric elements of lines and surfaces, which symbolically hints at Leonardo’s preoccupation with geometry and mathematics, that is, his study of human anatomy and the proportions of the human body.
The exhibition closes on 5th January 2020.