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Julije Knifer

1924 - 2004 Croatia (Hrvatska)

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Julije Knifer, among Croatia’s most prominent artists, who represented his country in the 2001 Venice Biennale, spent a lifetime paring painting down to its essence. He claimed to pursue the “escalation of uniformity and monotony” in his paintings, drawings, and outdoor murals, focusing on one endlessly variable geometric form, which he called “the meander.” A maze-like shape of horizontal and vertical switchbacks, almost always rendered in black and white, this motif was the vehicle through which he explored time and rhythm, and revealed the inevitable differences in any act of repetition. He found the framework for his approach in the music of Igor Stravinsky and the work of Kazimir Malevich and his avant-garde contemporaries, with whom he founded the Gorgona Group. Knifer considered each of his compositions as part of a continuum, one which laid the ground for Western conceptual art.  

Solo Shows

2015 The meander is a form of my freedom, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris

2013 Art Basel,Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris

Group Shows

2014 the mysterious device was moving forward, Longhouse Projects, New York

2008 françois morellet – aurelie nemours - julije knifer – norman dilworth - walter leblanc – vera molnar - marie-thérèse vacossin, Art Paris, Paris

2004 Vera Molnar et Julije Knifer. Lignes et méandres, Fondation pour l'art contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France

2002 One-Man-Show - Stand Oniris, FIAC, Paris, France

1995 211,ONIRIS - Florent Paumelle, Rennes, France

1976 Palais de la Yougoslavie, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1973 Contemporary Yugoslav Art, The National museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

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