Text book, 2016.
ISBN: 978-953-7875-30-5 (IPU), 978-953-8027-04-8 (ISU)
295 pages, images b/w, 21,5 x 16 cm
Croatian only, softcover
Publishers: Institute of Art History, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Editor and author of the introduction: Dejan Kršić
The contribution of Radoslav Putar to Croatian art criticism of the
second half of the 20th century, his almost decisive role in the
events crucial to the liberalization of post-war art production, as
well as his rare ability in later decades to meet with new and often
very complex visual phenomena happening beyond his inherently
modernist critics’ habit, maintain a high level of sensitivity for real
shifts in the art’s culture of the local art scene, have long been an
integral part of the narrative about the history of Croatian modern
art after the Second World War. Since the mid-50s, in the
abundance of Putar’s art criticism, we have found an increasing
number of issues dedicated to the problems of industrial design.
This volume comprises a thematic selection of Radoslav Putar’s
essays and criticism in the field of design that is extremely relevant,
for both, a more accurate positioning, analysis and understanding
of his entire critical and curatorial work, as well as for a better
insight into the development and modifications in the way of
recognition and reflection of the practice commonly referred today
with this term.
Table of Contents / in Croatian only
Introduction by Dejan Kršić / in Croatian only
The book is published by the Institute of Art History (IPU) and the
Institute for Contemporary Art (ISU), both from Zagreb. The writing
heritage of Radoslav Putar is stored in the archives of the Institute
of Art History. The Institute for Contemporary Art is working on the
promotion of values set by Radoslav Putar. Since 1950ies he has
been publicly advocating for modernism vs. social realism as one of
the first public figures to do so in then Yugoslavia.
Institute for Contemporary Art has named its annual award for
artists up to 40 years of age in Croatia, established in 2002, after
Radoslav Putar, who by his effort significantly directed Croatian
culture towards the contemporary visual arts language.
His work was also significant in its social aspect because he
promoted the ideas of democracy and advocated dialogue,
tolerance, freedom of expression and the openness to other
cultures. We can hardly imagine today to what extent his work was
indeed heroic, and we can positively assert that his contribution to
theory and practice provided one of the keystones of contemporary
Croatian art and culture.
Dejan Kršić was born in Sarajevo in 1961. Graduated in art history and ethnology from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb.
He works as a graphic designer, publicist and translator. Member of HDD [Croatian Design Society]. He was a member of HZSU [Croatian Community of Independent Artists] until September 2008, since he was permanently employed at the Department of Visual Communication Design at UMAS Split.
He had several solo and group exhibitions [in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rijeka, Belgrade…], participated in several collective exhibitions [Youth Salon, Zagreb Salon, ZGRAF, Exhibitions of Croatian Design 01, 02, 03… Type Directors Club] and video festival [Zagreb , Belgrade, Sarajevo…] In the 1990s he was one of the initiators, graphic editor and later editor-in-chief of the bi-weekly Arkzin magazine and the publishing project of the Bastard Library