Intimate moments caught in the erotic sculptures of Drago Tršar

“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.”

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“Drago Tršar was born in 1927 on Planina pri Rakeku. After completing the city school in Rakek, he attended courses at the evening drawing school of France Gorše, after which he worked in an atelier and studied under the mentorship of Boris Kalin. Following the liberation, he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, where he completed his sculpture studies in 1951. Among his professors were Zdenko Kalin, Karel Putrih and Peter Loboda. Tršar also attended the special course in sculpture under the mentorship of Frančišek Smerdu. Between 1951 and 1959, when he was self-employed, he received the first commissions for public sculptures and monuments that make up a significant part of his opus. In the period 1953–1955, he was a member of the art collective Skupina or Grupa 53. He travelled to Paris and as the recipient of the Prešeren Foundation scholarship he also pursued his studies across Italy. In 1957, he visited Egypt, followed by the Netherlands and Belgium. The Middleheim Park, which forms part of the Middleheim Museum in Antwerp, still features his work Manifestanti (1957). Tršar has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Prešeren Award for Life Work in 1990. Since 1995, he has been a regular member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.”

(Source: RTV Slovenija)

Posted: 23. 11. 2018