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Vesko Gagovic

1963 Niksic, Yugoslavia

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Vesko Gagović was born in 1963 in Niksic (Montenegro), an important cultural centre. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 1988, where he also obtained his Masters in Painting in 1991. Sarajevo was the city where he made his first personal exhibition in 1990, as well as numerous group exhibitions in various cities between 1988 and 2018, including Podgorica, Venice, Vienna, concluding with a retrospective at the Museums and Galleries of Podgorica in 2018 and in 2019 was representative of Montenegro in the official Pavilion at the 58th Biennale from Venice.

His pictorial work translates into an abstract language that could easily have given the impression of an artist involved in the debate on the "end of painting" or on the "last painting". But a careful observation of the solutions chosen by Gagović reveals that his minimalist work is performed as a pictorial manual practice, made in thick, raised layers of colour, in which he introduces barely visible vertical stripes. By arranging these paintings in identical square formats at equal distances from each other, in a series or opting for unusual arrangements (one next to the other, one below or above the other), Gagović achieves the effect of a pictorial environment, therefore opposing the norm of the exhibition practice, on the track of the knowledge that the space and the methodology of setting up are never neutral, but can and must be an active and integral factor of the artistic presentation.

Gagović creates an illusionistic image that acts on reality, transforming it, and therefore becomes a reality in itself. The project of floating objects (exhibited at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019) leads us through the archetypal use of shapes, colours (gold) and light beyond the concept of time. The artist's inspiration finds its starting point in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick, which deals with human evolution, the idea of the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life and its possible impact on life terrestrial. The Monolith symbolises the highest human ideal, whose boundaries are always out of reach, but which is always a source of inspiration for personal development and attempts to achieve it. Inspired by the socialisation process and social relationships, as well as by the considerable developments of technology and its impact on human life - especially in the field of communication development - the artist Vesko Gagović creates a work that reports his reflections on the subject, with possible solutions and causes, as well as on interpersonal relationships.

Form is a main constituent of this work; form that, coloured, takes on plastic, conceptual and associative meanings and establishes the relationship between the tangible and the intangible, the real and the fantastic. Characterised by a pure and somewhat reduced visuality, the manifested world of primitive forms, thanks to its light and ethereal being, challenges gravitational forces, irresistibly rising towards the celestial peaks of the human spirit.

Contained in terms of mass and volume, form becomes the symbol and vehicle of the energy field which, in synergy with the surrounding space, maintains the unity of idea and expression, subject and object. A neon light emanates from within them, thus conveying a powerful sensation of allusiveness. Objects are empty - emptiness is experienced as a space of the spirit, of contemplation and an acute awareness of the beauty of transience. It represents the singularity of the absent space, its metaphysical qualities and the separation of the spirit from the material world and a meditation on the relationship between the artist, the work of art and the observer. The elements that create the volume appear as old as the Monolith, introducing, in addition to the usual three, also the fourth dimension, that of time (linear), in fact. Canceling it. In its important dimensions, this collection of works symbolises a victory over heaviness and leads to ascension, challenge, optimism - like a sort of Monolith of our times.

SOLO SHOWS: 

1990
Sarajevo, House of Youth Gallery 
Podgorica, House of Youth Gallery 
Niksic, Gallery “Forum“
Sarajevo, Cafe Gallery “Zvono“ 
1991
Sarajevo, Gallery “Novi Hram“ 
1993
Belgrade, Students’ Cultural Centre Gallery 
1994
Podgorica, Modern Gallery 
Budva, Gallery “Citadela“ 
1995
Novi Sad, Gallery “Zlatno oko“ 
Belgrade, Students’ Cultural Centre Gallery 
1997
Podgorica, Modern Gallery 
2003
Oslo, Cultural Centre, Gallery, Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro 
2006
Igalo, SPA Gallery 
2008
Podgorica, video screen, Trg Republike 
2014
Cetinje, Biljarda
2015
Igalo, SPA Gallery
Podgorica, Center for Contemporary Art of Montenegro, Center Gallery
2017
Bar, Gallery "Velisa Lekovic"
2018
Podgorica, Modern Gallery
2019
Venice, Montenegrin Pavilion - 58th Venice Biennale
2020
Milano, mc2gallery

 

GROUP SHOWS:

1988
Belgrade, Havana, Bucharest, 4th Biennial of Student Drawing, Students’ Cultural Centre Gallery 
1989
Rijeka, 15th Youth Biennial, Modern Gallery 
Sarajevo, Postgraduates, Energoinvest Gallery, ALU 
1990
Zagreb, 25th Zagreb Salon, Artistic pavilion 
Cacak, 16th Nadezda Petrovic Memorial, “Nadezda Petrovic“ Gallery
1993
Novi Sad, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, SPC “Vojvodina”, Podgorica - Dvorac Petrovića ”The Early Nineties” 
1994
Xsanti, Greece, Contemporary Montenegrin Art 
Vrsac, 1st Yugoslav Youth Biennial, Gallery “Konkordija“ 
Cetinje, 2nd International Biennial, Embassy of Serbia 
1995
Podgorica, “Portrait of the Artist in His Youth“, House of Youth Gallery
1996
Skopje, “Small Southern Images”, Museum of Contemporary Art
Bari, Rome, Contemporary Montenegrin Art, Palazzo Esposizione Gallery
Cetinje, 3rd International Biennial, Vladin dom 
Vrsac, 2nd Yugoslav Youth Biennial, Gallery “Konkordija“ 
Cacak, 19th Nadezda Petrovic Memorial, “Nadezda Petrovic“ Gallery
Igalo, Zabljak, “Less is More”, SPA Centre Gallery 
1997
Novi Sad, 1st International Biennial of Sketches and Projects, “Zlatno oko“ Gallery
1998
Pancevo, Vesko Gagovic, Nenad Soskic and Sreten Milatovic, Contemporary Art Gallery 
1999
Brezice, International Artistic Colony, Posavski muzej Brezice 
Vienna, R. Damnjan, D.Ugren, V. Gagovic and V. Vujacic, Peter Lindner Gallery
2000
Venice, V.Gagovic and V.Vujacic, Swedish-Italian Cultural Centre Gallery
Pancevo, International Biennial 2000. Relations, Contemporary Art Gallery 
Vienna, Recent Montenegrin Painting, Austrian Parliament, Hall of Pillars
2001
Frankovila, 52-gi Premio Micheti, Michetti Mueum 
Rijeka, 15th International Biennial of Drawings, Modern Gallery
2002
Cetinje, 4th International Biennial, Dvorac Petrovica 
2003
Sarajevo, “Urbanci”, “Colegium Artisticum“ Gallery
Budva, Belgrade, “Montenegrin Beauty“, Citadela, Centre for Cultural Decontamination
Vrsac, “Painting“ , “Konkordija“ Gallery 
2004
Dubrovnik, Gallery Lazareti; Mostar, Hrvatski dom Herceg Stjepan Kosaca; Cetinje, National Museum; Sarajevo, Contemporary Art Centre; “Neighbourhood on Distance-New Approaching”
Cetinje, “Orchid”, Prison Bogdanov kraj 
2005
Ljubljana, The Actual Moment in Montenegrin Fine Arts, City Gallery
Berlin, Dresden, “Montenegrin Beauty“, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien-Berlin, Motorenhalle-Dresden 
2014
Podgorica, “Ego sum”, Contemporary Art Centre of Montenegro, Dvorac Petrovica Gallery
Podgorica, “Light“, Contemporary Art Centre of Montenegro, Dvorac Petrovica Gallery
2015
Novi Sad, “Between Private and Public“, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina
Belgrade, “Between Private and Public“, Heritage House
2017
Novi Sad, “Danube Dialogues”, Gallery Small Art Salon
2018
Podgorica, Drawing as an Experiment, Center for Contemporary Art of Montenegro, Petrovic Castle Gallery

1994 Vrsac, I Youth Biennial Award 
1995 Podgorica, Critics Award, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro (ULUCG) exhibition 
2001 Rijeka, International Biennial of Drawings Award
2002 Cetinje, International Biennial, UNICEF First Award 
2004 Podgorica, the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro Award, at the competition for Montenegrin souvenir

Works by Vesko Gagovic

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15000,00 €

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100 x 100 x 100 cm

12000,00 €

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