Matko Trebotić, Fifty Years of Solitude (Bochum 1968. – Split 2018.)
Following the premiere presentation at the Basement Halls of Diocletian Palace organised by the Museum of Fine Arts of Split and the City Museum of Split, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th January there will be an opening of the exhibition „Trebotić, Fifty Years of Solitude“ (Bochum 1968 – Split 2018)” at the Modern Gallery Studio „Josip Račić“. The exhibition – in the author’s concept of an art historian and art critic Branko Franceschi – thus marking the fifty years of the artist’s first public appearance in Bochum in 1968, a selection of a dozen of 2018 paintings and a composite entity in a shape of an equilateral Greek cross will be shown to the Zagreb audience. The exhibition is accompanied with a catalogue with the author’s foreword.
„…Together with the recent opus of „white paintings“, for a focal point of marking the fiftieth anniversary of his first exhibition, Matko Trebotić designed, created and set up a composition which in its shape and content combines, in the spirit of the time when he creates, his heterogeneous aesthetic starting points.
In a formal sense, it is about a composite entity in a shape of an equilateral Greek cross, a format often used by Trebotić, relying equally on the fundamentals of original Christianity and the Russian avantgarde, and always as the bearer of messages he strongly wishes to pass onto his audience …“
Branko Franceschi, from the Foreword of the exhibition catalogue
Photo: Pero Dragičević