Jagoda Kaloper

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Jagoda Kaloper (June 19, 1947 – October 1, 2016) was a Croatian painter and actress known for groundbreaking roles in classic films in the former Yugoslav cinema.


A native of Zagreb, Yugoslavia Kaloper made her screen debut in the 1965 film Ključ, lacking any previous acting experience. She made a good impression and continued to appear in films, including the 1969 drama Handcuffs.[1] She has received following awards for her acting: Award of City of Zagreb "Kula Lotrscak“, "Silver Arena“ in Pula Festival, "Empress Teodora“ in Nis Festival, as well as "Golden Arena“ in Pula Festival.

She was best known internationally for her role of a sexually liberated woman in the 1971 cult film WR: Mysteries of the Organism.[2]

Parallel to her career on film, Jagoda Kaloper has built a career in arts. She has graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1970. In the same year, she became a member of the Croatian Association of Artists.

She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She also created graphic design for various magazines, books, catalogues and posters, as well as visual identity in industry and culture. She designed her line of ceramic jewelry, worked on film sets and costumes, set exhibitions and created visual solutions for urban problems. For her visual creations, she won numerous awards: award of Zagreb Salon in the "Proposal“ section, award for the illustration of children's book "Tonkica Palonkica“ on Beograd Book Fair, award for graphic solution for the monography "Lenin“, as well as award "Ivana Brlic Mazuranic“ for the best illustration of a children's book.

In later years, she occasionally appeared in smaller film and television roles, preferring to pursue her art career. She has also worked on production and costume design for films.

In 2010, Jagoda Kaloper has written and directed her first art film "Beyond the Mirror". This is a collage of clips from films she has played in from the '60s until recently and frames of herself today, which she made with a hand-held digital camera on reflective surfaces. The result is a multi-layered work on identity, youth, aging, being a woman in different times and socio-political systems. In 2011, the film won the first award at the competition T-HT i MSU and was acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. It was shown at Pula Film Festival and I Mille Occhi, Trieste Film Festival.

In 2013, art historian Leonida Kovač published a bilingual book about Jagoda's movie under the title "U zrcalu kulturalnog ekrana: Jagoda Kaloper / In the Mirror of the Cultural Screen: Jagoda Kaloper" (ISBN 978-953-7033-40-8)

Jagoda Kaloper was married to an architect Radovan Tajder, they had one daughter, author Ana Tajder. She died in Vienna on October 1, 2016.


Work in art[edit]

  • First solo exhibition in Gallery SC, Zagreb (1970)
  • Group exhibition "Mogucnosti za 71." in Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (1971)
  • Group exhibition "Guliver u zemlji cudesa" in the Town Gallery, Karovac (1971)
  • Solo exhibition "Mirna3", Motovun (1972)
  • Proposal "Tkalciceva" on Zagreb Salon (1981)
  • Proposal "Mostovi" on Zagreb Salon (1982)
  • Group Exhibition "Likumova generacija"(1984)
  • Solo exhibition "Karbonizacija" in SC, Zagreb (1987)
  • Group exhibition in Novi Dvori, Zapresic (1987)
  • Group exhibition "Dubrovnik – Partei der Toten" in Das Kunsthaus Kampfnagel, Hamburg (1992)
  • Created a cycle of paintings for Hotel Moran, Prague (1992)
  • Exhibited on Zagreb Salon (1993)
  • Created a cycle of paintings for Hotel Satori, Gmunden (1993)
  • Grant "Ars America USA" and exhibition in Ruttgers Centre for Innovative printing (1994)
  • Created a cycle of paintings for Hotel Wimberger, Vienna and Casino Baden (1994)
  • Solo exhibition in Hotel Kaiserhof and Hotel Regina, Vienna (1995)
  • Solo exhibition "Plavo i roza" in Gallery Adum, Zlarin (2000)
  • Solo exhibition "Koralji" in Gallery Adum, Zlarin (2004)
  • Series of portraits of members of charity organisation "Oesterreich Hilft", Vienna (2004)
  • International group exhibition "ZGRAF9", Zagreb (2004)
  • Opened her own gallery on the island Zlarin, including the permanent exhibition of her work (2007)
  • Group exhibition "Revolution 1968", Zaccheta National Gallery of Art,Warsowi (2008)
  • Solo exhibition in gallery "Kapetanova kula", Zadar (2008)
  • Group exhibition "T-HT nagrada" Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2011)
  • Solo exhibition "Sto se dogodilo Wilhelmu Reichu?", Salon Galic, Split (2014)
  • Solo exhibition "Bulevar sumraka", Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2015)


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