Braco Dimitrijevic — Triptychos Post Historicus
Triptychos Post Historicus
Past: October 15 → November 12, 2011
In 1976 Braco Dimitrijevic, already well known for his Casual Passer-by works, made a gesture without precedent: in National galerie in Berlin he included original paintings of Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso, Monet and Manet into his own installations. The installations for which the artist coined the generic title Triptychos Post Historicus, included paintings by modern masters together with everyday objects, fruits and vegetables.
According to the artist, the time of history is the time of division and classifications of knowledge, of creating specialized institutions, one of which is the museum. Dimitrijevic’s Triptychos Post Historicus tend to abolish these Cartesian classifications by presenting together on the same platform a museum painting, which represents high art, an ordinary object which stands for everyday life and labour, and fruit which represents nature.
With this continuing body of works, the artist revisits both history of mankind and history of art, creatively incorporating masterworks such as Leonardo’s Madona, Saint Ann and Jesus, Malevich’s Red Square, Rubens’ Rape of Europe, David’s Death of Marat or Turner’s St. Benedict, Looking Toward Fusina into new visual and conceptual structures.
The artist not only questions fetish status of the master works but also shakes up the accepted hierarchy in which art or culture would be at the top and nature at the bottom of our value scale. Once placed on the same platform, complex symbolic interplay develops between them.
“Our world is not made of master pieces, nor of bicycles or apples but of all these things together”, he says.
Whilst Dimitrijevic’s Casual passer-by series made an important influence on art in public space tendency, his interventions in the museum collections irreversibly changed relationship between contemporary art and old museums collections.
Past exhibitions in the last three decades include master works from museum collections of Tate Gallery London, Guggenheim Museum New York, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Ludwig Museum Cologne, Museum Moderner Kunst Vienna, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, the Louvre, State Russian Museum, amongst the others.
For this exhibition the gallery will present a new Triptychos Post Historicus installation with a 1942 Mantille by Francis Picabia along with as series of watercolours.
The artist makes the watercolours as projects for future installations or as some imaginary constellations free not only of institutional constraints but also of low of gravity.