Paintings from the collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Creating a poetics of space was one of the biggest ideals of Bosnian and Herzegovinian artists. It is important to mention Enver Štaljo, from Banja Luka, a member of the group “Četvorica” ("The Four"), whose visual preoccupation of the sixties is represented by an interiorized view of the forgotten world of the house and household items. This is when his best works are created (Interior with still life). There is also Ibrahim Ljubović, one of the most important representatives of intimism and neo-surrealism in the field of our fine arts.
Although the interiors are deprived of the presence of the human figure, on two examples we can see people gathered around the fireplace, the symbolic core of every home, which always evokes memories of warmth and closeness in our subconsciousness (Vojo Dimitrijevic's Beside the Furnace and Omer Mujadžić's The Hearth)
Ljubomir Džoni Naumović (Kragujevac, Serbia, 1898 – Cannes surroundings, France, 1956)
Little information has been saved regarding Naumović's artistic education. It is known that after the end of World War, he studied painting in London and Paris (probably at the École des Beaux-Arts). Upon his return to Serbia, he lived in Kragujevac, and then in Belgrade. From 1948 he lived and worked on the Côte d'Azur, where he was killed in a car accident.
Numankadić's table represents a clip from the living and working space of an artist during the siege of Sarajevo and as such is probably the most intimate, yet most documented, view of the atelier (and space) at the exhibition. Numankadić's table is a memory and a testimony. By entering the exhibition, the space has lost its primary function and has become a metaphor.
Among the presented depictions of the atelier, one work of art stands out – From the Studio by Mario Mikulić, which shows only one detail, one object, in the atelier. This depiction is probably a hommage to Cézanne's work (Stove in the studio, 1865), but also to one important element of every atelier - the source of heat.
Self-portrait by Gabrijel Jurkić, known in several versions (a work of art depicted in the background varies), in this context is viewed as a double self-portrait – through the painters own figure and through his own work, which specifically highlights the connection between the artist and his work.
© 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.