Mrdjan BAJIC

Presentation

Chosen in 2007 to represent Serbia in the 52nd Venice Biennale for the inauguration of its Pavilion as an independent country, Mrdjan Bajić is an artist for whom work and identity are bound to the history of his country. 

His protean work; composed of drawings, collages, and sculptures, expresses research of forms in an unstable equilibrium, presented in a spatial position giving the impression that they are going to fall, that they are at the breaking point, at the limit of tilting, like hope in suspension.

The artist draws in a universal language and thus he plays on a double aspect: comic on one side, tragic on the other.

He addresses his personal experiences with the political, social, and cultural realities in researching this artistic truth. These works offer an allegory and a metaphysical vision of the objects and of the world thanks to numerous related references to the historical context. Always in movement, his creation is likened to a form of research, a laboratory, a synthetic spirit in an open sky.

Biography

Born in 1957 in Belgrade, Serbia; Lives and works in Belgrade.
 

2007- present
Professor at FLU, Belgrade, Serbia.

1998/2002
Works on the project Yugomuzej, Reset, Padiglione Serbia, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy.

1983
Finished his studies at the sculpture department of FLU Belgrade, Serbia.
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019
- Galleria Paola Verrengia/Museo Archeologico Provinciale, Salerno, Italy

2018
- Facciamo finta di niente, Galleria dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata, Italy
- Transversales, Galerie RX, Paris, France

2017
-Mrdan Bajic, Galerie Kula, Split, Croatia
-Architecture as Metaphor, Griffin Gallery, London

2016
- Winter, Galerie RX, Paris France

2015
- Geo Strategic, G12 HUB, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Working Class Goes to Heaven, MSU, Zagreb, Croatia.
- Galerie Rima , Kragujevac, Serbia.

2014
Mine and Yours, Maison de la Culture et des Loisirs, Metz, France.

2013    
- Na lepom plavom Dunavu, GSU Smederevo, Smederevo, Serbia.
- Sculptotecture, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2012    
- Centre Culturel de Serbie, Paris, France.

2011    
- Galerija Rima, Kragujevac, Serbia.

2009
- Kalemegdan Bridge Collaboration, Richard Deacon/ Mrdjan Bajic’, Galerija ULUS, Belgrade, Serbia.

2008    
- Arte Galerija, Belgrade, Serbia.

2007    
- Backup Stories, Galleria Paola Verrengia, Salerno, Italy.

2003    
- French Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Yugomuzej, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna, Austria.

2001    
- Yugomuzej, CZKD, Belgrade, Serbia.

1996    
- L'atelier, Krakow, Poland.
- Galerie Rabouan-Moussion, Paris, France.
- Galerie Ingrid Dacic, Tübingen, Germany.

1992    
- Galerie Olsson, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Galerie Moussion, Paris, France.

1990
- Galerie Moussion, Paris, France

1989    
- Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

1988    
- Salon/Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.

1987    
- SKC, Belgrade, Serbia.

1986    
- Gallery Equrna, Ljubljiana, Slovenia.

1983    
- Gallery Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia.
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019
- Bêtes de Scène, Fondation Villa Datris, Paris, France.
- Oeuvres Choisies, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2017
- Architecture as Metaphor, Griffin Galerie, London, UK.

2016
-Winter, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2015
- Artistes à la Une, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
- Galerie SANU, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Fond Ivan Tabakovic, Galerie SANU, Belgrade, Serbia.

2013    
- ..Was is Kunst?… Resumnig Fragmented Histories, Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria.
- La Qualité de l’ombre, Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Germany.
- Lo straniero, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy.

2010    
- La mostra e aperta - artisti in dialogo con Harold Szeemann, Fondatione Filiberto Menna, Salerno, Italy.
- Avventure minime, MM MAC, Archivio Generale, Salerno, Italy.

2008    
- Revelation, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, France.
- Voyage Sentimental, Poszan Biennale, Poland.
- Cairo Biennale; Cairo, Egypt.
- Micro-narratives, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, France.
- Le porte del Mediteraneo, Palazzo Piozzo, Rivoli, Italy.

2007    
- Mediterraneo Contemporaneo, Castelo Aragonese, Taranto, Italy.
- Oktobarski salon, Belgrade, Serbia.
- La Biennale di Venezia, Reset, Padiglione Serbia, Venice, Italy.

2006    
- Protection of Nature, XII Biennale of Pancevo, Pancevo, Serbia.
- Mobile Studios, Public Art Lab Berlin, Belgrade, Serbia.

2004    
- Belgrade art INC, Secession Vienna, Austria.

2002    
- Dossier Serbien, Akademie der Keunste, Berlin, Germany.
- Akademie der Kuenste, Vienna, Austria.

2000    
- Aspekte/Positionen, 50 Jahre Kunst aus Mitteleuropa 1949-1999, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria and Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.
- Fundacio Miro, Barcelona, Spain; Hansard Gallery/City Gallery Sauthampton, UK.
- The National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.
-  FIAC, Galerie Rabouan-Moussion, Paris, France.
- Centre d’Arts plastiques, Saint-Fons, France.

1991    
- Trigon, Neue Galerie Am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria.

1990    
- The Ready Made Boomerang, VIIIth Biennale of Sydney, Australia.
- APERTO, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy.

1989    
- Avant-gardes Yougoslaves, Musée des Beaux Arts, Carcassonne, France.
- Metaphysical Visions-Middle Europe, Artists Space, New York, USA.

1986    
- Mandelzoom, Canino, Lago di Bolsena, Italy.
- Lo spazio: Belgrado, Sala Uno, Rome, Italy.

1983    
- Art in the eighties, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.
 

PUBLICATIONS (selection)

2013
- Skulptotektura, Kolekcija Vuijičić, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Richard Deacon/ Mrdjan Bajić, Most na Kalemegdanu/Kalemegdan Bridge, JP Beogradska tvrdava, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Mrdjan Bajić, Galerija savremene umetnosti Smederevo, Smederevo, Serbia.

2011
-Galerija Rima, Kragijevac, Serbia.

2007
- Reset, Opera DE, Ministarstvo za kulturu Republike Srbije, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Backup, Cicero, Belgrade, Serbia.

2002
- Das Yugomuseum, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, Austria.
-Yugomuseum, Mrdjan Bajić, Biennale di Sao Paulo, MSU, Berlin, Germany.

2001
-Yugomuzej, Mrdjan Bajić, CZKD, Belgrade, Serbia.

2000
- Yugomusuem, Mrdjan Bajić, Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, Germany.

1996
- O telu, o gradovima, o oružju I o zaboravu, Cicero, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Mrdjan Bajić, L’Atelier, Kracow, Poland.
- Mrdjan Bajić, Centre d’Art plastique, Saint-Fons, France.

1995
- Rečnik/Dictionary, Dental, Belgrade, Serbia.

1994
- Inventar, Cicero, Belgrade, Serbia.

1992
- Mrdjan Bajić, Galerei J. Moussion, Paris, France.

1991
- Quelque chose de reste, La Difference, Paris, France.

1990
- Mrdjan Bajić, Galerie J. Moussion, Paris, France.

1989
- Mrdjan Bajić, Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, Croatia.
- Projekti, Z.L. Božović, Belgrada, Serbia.

1988
- Mrdjan Bajić, Muzej savremene umetnosti, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Knjiga/Book, Kolubara, Belgrade, Serbia.

1987
- Mrdjan Bajić, Kulturni centar, Novi Sad, Serbia.
- Mrdjan Bajić, Studenski kulturni centar, Belgrade, Serbia.

1983
- Mrdjan Bajić, Studentski kulturni cenar, Belgrade, Serbia.
 

CATALOGUES (selection)

2015
-Mrdjan Bajic, Rima Galeria, Grafostil, Kragujevac, Serbia.

2013
-Mrdjan Bajic_skulptotektura, Ana Bogdanovic, Cicero, Belgrade, Serbia.

2007
-Reset, Mrdjan Bajic, Serbian Pavilion, la Bienale di Venezia, 52. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Cicero, Belgrade, Serbia.

2006
-Backup, Mrdjan Bajic, Serbian Pavilion, la Bienale di Venezia, 52. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Cicero, Belgrade, Serbia.
 

COLLECTIONS (selection)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.
Museum of the City of Belgrade, Serbia.
National Museum of Belgrade, Serbia.
Ville de Paris, France.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica , Rome, Italy.
Gallery of Contemporary Fine Arts, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nordea Norway Art Collection, Oslo, Norway.