Intimacies of Space: Exterior

National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Garden, Window and Landscape from the collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Intimacies of Space
Within the artist’s collection of works, there are always works that are more intimate than others, created in moments of silence and solitude, in which the artist's immediate surroundings, something the view rests upon every day, become worth recording. Among the many of such art works are those that represent the artist's work and living space, garden or terrace, a window through which he gazes. In some cases, the spaces and images have passed through the filter of memory and memories, in other cases they are reduced to associative or faithfully documented. For this exhibition the stylistic period and the technique are not crucial, the personal moment is.
Garden
An oasis of peace, childhood memento, clip of memories, a sight for sore eyes... All of this is represented by a small but representative   selection of works from our collection. Gardens, courtyards and terraces are designed as intimate spaces that on the one hand connect the man with the nature, from which he is separated more with every day that passes, and on the other hand they enclose his private living space from the outside world. Using different styles and poetics, in this game between the private and public, a number of art works was created and the creation of these works covers the whole period of the twentieth century. Within this exhibition, these works represent an entry into the world of interior while introducing the observer to the intimate world of the artist.

Terrace and Autumn landscape by Mica Todorović from the fifth and sixth decade represent the part of her opus when her creativity takes a turn with focus on things and spaces that surround her, while delighting in their "ordinariness".

Window
In contrast to the interior, where the window appears as an indication of space and / or light source, in these works, the window is the central motif, a hole in the image, the link between external and internal / intimate. Regardless of whether the view through the window introduces a landscape, a scene from the streets or just the blue skies, the window is the observation post from which the artist, without leaving the shelter of his personal space, observes the world.

Regardless of the stylistic differences, within the majority of the works presented in this segment, the artist / viewer is positioned within the interior from which he gazes upon the outside world - never the other way around, because in our tradition this would be considered rude.

Landscape
Completely contrary to the intimate concept of interior, the landscape within this exhibition is intended to raise the question of how the work of art is created and to invite visitors to active observation. Two probably most famous landscapes of our collection, "Blooming Plateau" (Gabrijel Jurkić) and "Landscape" (Petar Šain), were taken as starting points. The idea was to raise questions and possibilities, through the art works of authors of later generations,  of how and whether a work of art affects another one – whether this particular art work (or its image) made an impact, whether it is a typical Bosnian landscape or is it a concept of a landscape that is imprinted in our consciousness? With this segment of the exhibition we do not give answers to the above mentioned questions, but we kindly invite everyone to find them for themselves.

Blooming Plateau is the most popular work of art from the collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gabrijel Jurkić (Livno, BiH, 1886 - Livno, BiH, 1974) begun working on this painting with the beginning of the World War I.

Dry stone is a building method by which structures are constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. Oton Gliha (Črnomelj, Slovenia, 1914 – Zagreb, Croatia, 1999) managed to convey the rhythm of dry stone walls, to suggestively express his experience of the landscape, while creating abstract works.

Emira Turnadžić's (Zagreb, Croatia, 1955) Landscape is an example of her strong sense for sculpting.

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© 2017 National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Umjetnička galerija Bosne i Hercegovine

Permanent exhibition (2015 - )
Intimacies of Space: Interior and Exterior from the Collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author: Maja Abdomerović
Photographs: Archive of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Text: Exhibition catalogue "Intimacies of Space: Interior and Exterior from the Collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina", National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 2015.

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