Academically trained sculptress Dragica Čadež marks the Slovenian artistic or cultural space with great creative energy. Through her distinct artistic language, she has created an extensive opus of various series, cycles and individual works, both public (she is the author of many important public sculptures) and private sculptures, so she certainly deserves an extensive exhibition presentation.
The exhibition at the Mestna galerija Ljubljana is designed analytically, systematically and dynamically, as the artist places many of her sculptures not only as independent works but also as expressive spatial installations with strong geometric accents. The exhibition and the extensive catalogue delve into a selected, incredibly rich and conceptually and artistically rounded opus with professional and visual accuracy and adequacy, which allows you to see and feel the sculptress' creative energy, continuity of creation and authenticity or sincerity of her visual language. A detailed review and analysis of all the important works of the academic sculptress Dragica Čadež, which are arranged in sculptural cycles, speaks of great diversity of the author's works of art.
In discovering the world of forms and relations as well as exploring structures and visual possibilities, the sculptress chose wood as the material essence of her creative expression, and in the last two decades also clay. She feels comfortable with wood, at ease, and she exercises complete mastery over it, recognizes its inner essence, as she feels it as living matter. Showing great respect for wood, she repeatedly descends into the world of forms and perceptions, into the world of the wooden miracle that nature so generously offers us. Dragica Čadež is certainly one of the most prominent Slovenian artists in general; as a sculptress, she has earned an unrivalled place in Slovene history and especially in Slovene fine arts with her extensive oeuvre. Her creative power is enormous, her joy of artistic expression sincere and relaxed, but above all direct and selfless, carved in the memory of art, or history or art, as A Story of Wood and Clay.
Production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana Curator: dr. Sarival SosičArtist: Dragica ČadežTexts by: dr. Sarival SosičDesign by: Ajdin Bašić Technical realization: MGML Technical Department The project was made possible by: City of Ljubljana, Department for Culture
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00
Upon Dragica Čadež’s exhibition at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana, we have prepared the “Triangular Head, Square Body” creative competition and received 130 entries in the form of diverse abstract sculptures. We have decided to give out prizes for the most inventive figures made out of kitchen utensils, stationary, natural and waste material and even cosmetic products and toys. The choice was not easy!
The City Art Gallery Ljubljana is open again and we have also extended the deadline for the “Triangular Head, Square Body” creative competition, which is accompanying Dragica Čadež’s exhibition. We took a walk through the wooden forest of the artist’s sculptures and, among the exhibits, sought inspiration for creating our own artworks and prepared a video workshop for children and young people.
Because the City Art Gallery Ljubljana is currently closed for visitors and we cannot invite you to creative workshops at our exhibition venue, we prepared a web workshop for the youngest to accompany Dragica Čadež’s exhibition. We took a walk through the wooden forest of the artist’s sculptures and found inspiration among the exhibits for the creation of our own artworks.
“Dragica Čadež is one of the first Slovenian artists that devoted themselves to sculpture as an open form, sculpture that opens out into space and enables the spectator to travel not only alongside it, but also through it. Her creative oeuvre is marked by cycles such as: Sarcophagi, Dwarves, Doors, Lignified Shadows."