Academic sculptor and academician Drago Tršar has for many decades marked the Slovenian artistic space with a great creative energy and author's recognizable artistic language.
He represents one of the prime sculptural authorities in our cultural space and his extensive scope of work of various series, cycles and individual works, both public (he signed his name under many important public sculptures) and private sculptures, deserves a comprehensive presentational exhibition in the largest and most important Slovenian gallery spaces. The exhibition at the Mestna galerija Ljubljana is an integral part of a series of exhibitions that have taken place in 2018, that is, exhibitions dedicated to the artist's ninetieth anniversary, where Tršar’s sculpture is analytically, systematically and scientifically dealt with. Reflecting and studying the sculptures of academic sculptor Drago Tršar requires precise and proper dive into the entire opus, incredibly rich and rounded. Within this extensive scope, there are numerous prurient, directly sensuous, through the erotic layer of corporality enhanced sculptural works. Above all, to see and feel his erotic sculpture is the underlying purpose of the current retrospective exhibition at the Mestna galerija Ljubljana. Yet recognition of erotic content in Tršar's work is more complex than it might seem at first glance, since with numerous sculptures with more or less explicit erotic accents, eroticism is also present in many of his drawings that served either as independent works of art or as a study for his sculptures.
The erotic chapter in Drago Tršar’s opus expresses uncompromising, direct and energetic artistic contents, with an emphasis on intimate moments fanned into powerful erotically dramatic sculptures, where there is a great narrative, related to the concrete nature of physical contact or even sexual contact, that is, the immediacy of what the artist thought and felt at a given moment. There is a kind of constant inner, but also an external struggle, between existence and essence, reverberating and embedded in the artwork that we see today as the stations of life, where the sculptor stopped, creatively reacted, and travelled further.
Production: Museum and Galleries of LjubljanaExhibition curator: Sarival Sosič, PhDArtist: Drago TršarText: Sarival Sosič, PhDExhibition display: Drago Tršar, Jure Mikuž, PhD, Žiga TršarDesign: Ajdin BašićPhotography: Andrej PeunikThe exhibition was made possible by: City of Ljubljana
The exhibition is part of the interinstitutional project MONUMENT ‒ DRAGO TRŠAR, initiated by Modern Gallery, Ljubljana.
Partnering institutions: Galerija Božidar Jakac Kostanjevica na Krki / Art Museum Božidar Jakac, Galerija Murska Sobota / Gallery of Murska Sobota, Galerija Prešernovih nagrajencev za likovno umetnost Kranj / The Prešeren Award Winners of Fine Arts Gallery Kranj, Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti / Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts Slovenj Gradec, Mestna galerija Ljubljana, Muzej in galerije mesta Ljubljane / City Art Gallery of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Obalne galerije Piran / Coastal Galleries Piran.
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00
“The new installation at the City Art Gallery, one in a series of exhibition venues marking the 90th anniversary of Drago Tršar, will help us “see and feel Tršar’s erotic sculptures.”
“Much of the opus or creative production of the academic painter Drago Tršar’s has been devoted to erotic sculpture, demonstrating that the erotic aspect of his creativity or his inclination towards eroticism within art plays a crucial part in his opus. The exhibition will present us not only with his artworks in bronze, which is the basis of his sculpture, but also in ceramics.