Milena Lah – Gleam to Gleam – sculptures, paintings and drawings
Extended until January 11 2015
In November the Modern Gallery will present the Milena Lah (1920-2003) retrospective exhibition, featuring the works of the most distinctive woman artist of the second half of the twentieth century in Croatia. For the work of this exceptional and internationally known sculptress who learned her craft from Vanja Radauš at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts to be understood as well and as completely as possible, not only will works from the holdings of the Modern Gallery be exhibited, but pieces owned by her family in safe-keeping in the studio and in the Croatian Academy Glyptotheque as well as items borrowed for the occasion from other Croatian museums and private collections will be shown.
Alongside photographic enlargements of the monumental public sculptures of Milena Lah put up in many cities of Croatia and Slovenia, the exhibition will also feature paintings, drawings and some of the many articles and notes about sculpting that Milena Lah wrote during her career and published in catalogues and the press. In addition, the 26-minute documentary film Milena Lah written and directed by Bogdan Žižić, produced for HTV in 2003, will be screened. While the exhibition is on, the sculptor’s son Igor Lah will be on hand and will be happy to guide visitors through the exhibition and respond to any questions they might have.
The team in charge of the exhibition, headed by the distinguished critic Branko Franceschi, who best knows the sculptress’s oeuvre, will show Milena Lah as a forerunner and leader of the aesthetics of post-modernism, by which the position of her work is defined as the point of rapprochement between historical and contemporary aesthetic programmes, with an unimpeached singularity of the artistic self, from which the flame of creativity develops in unexpected directions, enriching and expanding the universe with a quality that is constantly new and unrepeatable.