A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE RADA SELAKOVIĆ

29.11.2018
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     Born in 1952 and died in 2008, in Belgrade. She graduated in 1976, from the Painting Department (with Professor Radenko Mišević) of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, and completed postgraduate studies in 1978. She received a grant from the Greek government in 1980/81, and from the Fulbright Commission for studies in the USA in 1985/86. From 1983 to 1989 she worked for the Cultural Programme of Radio Television Belgrade − Friday Nights at Ten. She worked and lived as free-lance artist in Belgrade.

     She was a member of the Association of Serbian Artists.

     She had her first solo exhibition in 1980 in Belgrade (with several to follow), then in Athens, Sveti Stefan, New York, Budva, Čačak, Kraljevo, Novi Pazar, Kruševac, Paris, Užice.  From 1975 onwards she participated in many group exhibitions locally and abroad. In the Zepter Gallery her works were seen at the following exhibitions: RADA SELAKOVIĆ, The Space of Structure, from October 3 to November 4, 1996; THE KEEPERS OF THE ARTISTIC SECRET, from April 11 to May 13, 2002 - after the book by Ljiljana Ćinkul, THE KEEPERS OF THE ARTISTIC SECRET, edition Ars figura, CLIO, Belgrade, 2002, under the auspices of the Madlena Janković Zepter Fund.

     She received several awards.

     Her works can be found in a number of private and public collections, locally and abroad. Realized project: Cosmorama − Image of the World, wall mosaic − fountain, Central Hall Hyatt Regency Hotel, Belgrade. She made several videos.

     The restless investigative spirit of Rada Selaković made her opus very diverse and rich, comprising several creative and mutually permeating phases. From the initial figurative mythology and new reality, Rada Selaković translated her artistic expression to associatively objectified and ontological meaning. Then she reduced the visual and syntactic plan to the system of abstract structuring and the solution of plastic problems. In the last decade of her life, she worked on complex multimedia projects.

     She used different materials and her works − luxurious or ascetic − contain a recognizable individual streak, the quality of her creative will and high aesthetic awareness.

     A film on her was made by Danko Stojić, Crna sam, ali lijepa (I am Black But Beautiful), a documentary from the exhibition IN CONTINUO, 1989/90.

     More information on website www.zeptermuseum.rs

PLIVAJ U OGLEDALU DRAGI / SWIM IN THE MIRROR MY DEAR, 1986 (detalj / detail)

AUTOPORTRET, POZDRAV IZ GRČKE / SELF-PORTRAIT, GREETING FROM GREECE, 1982  PROSTOR STRUKTURE 28 / SPACE OF STRUCTURE 28, 1996