Braco Dimitrijevic

Since the late ’70s, the Yugoslav artist Braco Dimitrijevic has been producing two different types of work, both of which mix together the ideas and materials of art, culture, and nature. In 1976 he began a series of installations that he calls “Triptychos post historicus” (Post-historical triptychs) each of which involves the juxtaposition of three types of objects: artworks borrowed from a museum or private collection, manufactured products taken from everyday life, and raw fruits or vegetables. Two years later he started making “Culturescapes,” a new series of works that, through somewhat more conventional pictorial means, apply the characteristic style of a celebrated artist (Pollock, Mondrian, Matisse, etc.) to images of different animals (tigers, fish, snakes, etc.), without any apparent connection between the choice of subject and the style; the result is frequently quite amusing.

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