Zoran Mušič

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Zoran Mušič
Zoran Mušič.jpg
Zoran Mušič in the 1960s
Born (1909-02-12)12 February 1909[1]
Bukovica, Austria-Hungary (now in Slovenia)
Died 25 May 2005(2005-05-25) (aged 96)[1]
Venice, Italy[1]
Nationality Slovenian
Education Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb
Known for painting, drawing, printmaking[2]
Movement NeodvisniEcole de Paris
Spouse(s) Ida Barbarigo (fr)
Awards Grand Prize Venice Biennale (1956)
Prešeren Award (1991)[3]
Self-portrait (1997)

Zoran Mušič (12 February 1909 – 25 May 2005), baptised as Anton Zoran Mušič, was a Slovene painter, graphic artist and draughtsman from the area of the Kras Plateau near the Adriatic Sea. He was the only painter of Slovene descent who managed to establish himself in the elite cultural circles of Italy and France, particularly Paris, where he lived for the larger part of his later life. He painted landscapes, still lives, portraits and self-portraits, but also scenes of horror from the Dachau concentration camp and the vedutes of Venice.

Life[edit]

Zoran Mušič was born in a Slovene-speaking family in Bukovica, a village in the Vipava Valley near Gorizia, in what was then the Austrian County of Gorizia and Gradisca (now in Slovenia). Mušič's father Anton was headmaster of the local school, while his mother Marija was a teacher there. Both parents were Slovenes from the Goriška region: his father was from the village of Šmartno in the Brda hills, while his mother was born in a small village Kostanjevica near Lig Kanal ob Soči.[4]

In 1915, during the Battles of the Isonzo, the family was forced to flee to Arnače, a village near Velenje in the Duchy of Styria, where Zoran attended elementary school. In spring 1918, towards the end of World War I, the family moved back to Gorizia, but they were expelled again in August 1919 by the Italian authorities that had occupied the region. They moved to Griffen in Carinthia, but were expelled once again by the Austrian authorities after the Carinthian Plebiscite in late October 1920. They finally settled in the Slovenian Styria, then part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. [5]

Mušič attended two high schools in Maribor till 1928. He visited Vienna. Between 1930 and 1935 he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

After graduation in 1934, he travelled extensively. He spent three months (1935) in Spain, mainly Madrid. Later he served his obligatory army service in Bileća. He spent each summer in Dalmatia while being based in Maribor and Hoče. In 1940, he moved to Ljubljana. During this period (1942), he painted two churches in his native Goriška region, together with his friend Avgust Černigoj (Drežnica, Grahovo) and one with another painter Lojze Spacal. In October 1943, he moved to Venice and Trieste. In November 1944, he was arrested by the Nazi German forces and sent to Dachau concentration camp, where he made more than 100 sketches of life in the camp, some under extremely difficult circumstances. From the drawings executed in May 1945, he managed to save around seventy. After liberation by Americans in 1945, Mušič returned to Ljubljana. There, he was subjected to the pressures by the newly established Communist regime and moved to Gorizia already at the end of July 1945. In October 1945 he settled in Venice. In September 1949 he married Ida Cadorin - Barbarigo there.[6]

In 1950 he won the Gualino prize and in 1956 the Grand Prize for his Graphic work at the Venice Biennale. In 1951 he was awarded the Prix de Paris, (jointly with Antonio Corpora in 1951). After 1952 he lived mainly in Paris, where the 'lyrical abstraction' of the French Informel determined the art world. Throughout this period he kept his studio in Venice and exhibited again at the Biennale in 1960, when he was awarded the UNESCO Prize. The much acclaimed series We are not the Last, in which the artist transformed the terror of his experiences in the concentration camp into documents of universal tragedy, was made in the 1970s. [7]

In 1981 Mušič was appointed Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in Paris. Mušič's work has been honoured in numerous international exhibitions, such as the large retrospective exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1995, opened by the French and Slovenian presidents François Mitterrand and Milan Kučan. [8]

In 1991, Mušič was given the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement, the highest decoration in the field of the arts in Slovenia.[3] Some of Mušič's works have been featured at Piran Coastal Galleries.[9] Gallery Zala from Ljubljana prepared 6 exhibitions (3 in Ljubljana, one in: Belgrade, Vienna and London). A big retrospective was prepared in Modern Gallery in Ljubljana November 2009. Academy of Sciences published a monograph, written by 20 famous authors from Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Italy and France (Vizije Zorana Mušiča) November 2012.

He died in Venice in 2005 at the age of 96. He is buried in the local St. Michele cemetery.

Museums and Galleries[edit]

Austria

Chile

Croatia

France

Germany

Italy

Israel

Netherland

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Estorick, Michael (28 June 2005). "Zoran Music". The Independent. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Clair, Jean. "Zoran Music". Grove Art Online. Tate. 
  3. ^ a b "Prešernove nagrade" (in Slovenian). Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. p. 13. ZORAN MUŠIČ za življenjsko delo (slikar) 
  4. ^ G. Zupan, Biography, Videnja Zorana Mušiča, Ljubljana, 2012.
  5. ^ G. Zupan, Biography, Videnja Zorana Mušiča, Ljubljana, 2012.
  6. ^ G. Zupan, Biography, Videnja Zorana Mušiča, Ljubljana, 2012.
  7. ^ G. Zupan, Biography, Videnja Zorana Mušiča, Ljubljana, 2012.
  8. ^ G. Zupan, Biography, Videnja Zorana Mušiča, Ljubljana, 2012.
  9. ^ Obalne galerije Piran - Arhivi - ZORAN MUŠIČ | 1909 - 2005 | Slike, gvaši, risbe

Further reading[edit]

  • Dal Bon, Giovanna (2009). Double Portrait: Zoran Music - Ida Barbarigo. Johan & Levi Editore. ISBN 978-88-6010-045-0. 
  • Zoran KRŽIŠNIK, Tomaž BREJC, Ješa DENEGRI, Meta GABRŠEK PROSENC, Miklavž KOMELJ, Ivana SIMONOVIĆ ČELIĆ, Gojko ZUPAN, Jana INTIHAR FERJAN, Breda ILICH KLANČNIK, ZORAN MUŠIČ, V javnih in zasebnih zbirkah v Sloveniji, Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana, 24. November 2009
  • Nelida Silič NEMEC, Nace ŠUMI, Zoran KRŽIŠNIK, Galerija Zorana Mušiča, Grad Dobrovo, Stalna zbirka grafičnih del Zorana Mušiča, Goriški muzej, Nova Gorica, 1991.
  • Zoran Music, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Catalogue, Paris, 1995.
  • Gojko ZUPAN, Zorenje Zorana Mušiča med 1909 in 1935, offprint, Ljubljana, 2006.
  • Gojko ZUPAN; Umetnik na tujem : Zoran Mušič - slovenski izseljenec, Mohorjev koledar, Ljubljana, 2006. str. 177-182.
  • Gojko ZUPAN, Zoran Mušič, Iz slovenskih privatnih zbirk II, Grafika (1931-1984), Ljubljana, 2008.
  • Gojko ZUPAN, Life and Work, Zoran Mušič, catalogue, Moderna galerija Ljubljana, 2009.
  • Gojko ZUPAN, Dachauske risbe Zorana Mušiča, Zbornik za Staneta Bernika, Ljubljana, 2009. str. 274-301.
  • Gojko ZUPAN, Biography, Videnja Zorana Mušiča, SAZU, Ljubljana, 2012.

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