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 Biennial di Venezia, Italy.

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2020
- Mrdjan Bajić 2D=3D, Galerija Rima, Kragujevac, Serbia.

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 DunavuGSU 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.
- Reset, 52nd Venice Biennial, 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)

2020
Mrdjan Bajic & Richard Deacon – From there to here, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Oeuvres Choisies, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

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.
- SANU Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Fond Ivan Tabakovic, SANU Gallery, 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 Bienniale, Poland.
- Cairo Bienniale; 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 Bienniale di Venezia, Reset, Padiglione Serbia, Venice, Italy.

2006    
Protection of Nature, XII Bienniale 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 Biennial of Sydney, Australia.
APERTO, La Biennial 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)

2020
- Mrdjan Bajić 2D=3D, Galerija Rima, Kragujevac, Serbia.

2019
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Mrdjan Bajić, Galerija Rima, Kragujevac, Serbia.

2017
- Opet i ponovo / Once More and Again, Galerija Kula, Split, Croatia.
- Mrdjan Bajic: rasprizorujuće TRANSVERZALE, Leonida Kovać, Ed. Supervizuelna, Croatia.

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, Biennial 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.
- City of 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.