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ZORAN MUŠIČ | Poetry of silence
13. April 2018 @ 8:00 - 6. August 2018 @ 17:00
Zoran Mušič (1909-2005) was one of the established Slovenian painters when he was deported to the Dachau concentration camp for several months at the end of 1944. Drawings that were made there were shattering contemporary documents. In the post-war period, the painter settled in Venice, where he painted iconic portraits of his wife Ida Barbarigo and the first unmistakable Cavallini from Dalmatia. In the meantime, Mušič tracked the moody handwriting of the earth relief in the hilly regions of Umbria and Tuscany. When he was commissioned in 1952 by the Galerie de France, he moved to Paris, where he lived from then on for longer periods. Since 1948 he has participated several times in the Venice Biennale, was already represented in 1955 with his work at the documenta I in Kassel and has been internationally exhibited and honored numerous times.
In the mid-1950s, Mušič defined the landscape, including the image protagonists, as ornamental fabric in his color-intensive works, in order to soon take a step into abstraction. This phase, which lasted until 1963, was replaced by a circle in which Mušič increasingly found an anthropomorphic view of the landscape. The indelible trauma of the concentration camp experience, the painter processed again in the picture cycle from 1970 We are not the last. These unsparing visions of horror were followed by mood pictures from Mušič’s Venetian adoptive home as well as numerous self-portraits painted in subdued tones. These are testimonies of a tireless search for the answers to the basic questions of human existence. On the basis of more than 160 loans from several international collections, all creative phases of the silent loner are presented.