Atelje Galerija, maj 2013
In cooperation with the Zagreb-based ULUPUH Gallery, we invite you to the exhibition Musical Instruments by Stipan Kujundžić, which will take place from 9 to 31 May 2013 at Atelje Galerija at Gallusovo nabrežje 29 in Ljubljana. Cooperation is one of the primary human needs. To cooperate means to make things together, build together, feel together and to have something in common. The galleries Atelje Galerija of Ljubljana and ULUPUH of Zagreb are cooperating for the first time, presenting the exhibition Musical Instruments by Academy-trained sculptor Stipan Kujundžić. International inter-gallery cooperation always strikes a particular note, and now the medium of this cooperation is art which, owing to the universal language in which it addresses us, is understandable everywhere, irrespective of the geographical, cultural, linguistic and other boundaries that surround us. It seems that the Musical Instruments exhibition could not have been hosted at a more appropriate time than this year. Not only does it present a renowned artist and his art, but it also invites reflection and brings insight into the fragments of the cultural heritage of our neighbour, with whom we entered a new community in 2013 after leaving the common country 22 years ago. In the Musical Instruments exhibition, sculptor Stipan Kujundžić presents eight sculptures of musical instruments, for the design of which he found inspiration through several years of researching eastern folk musical heritage and instruments in the Imotska Krajina region of Croatia. Out of numerous musical instruments, he has focused on the authentic gusle (single-stringed Balkan violin). At first, he devoted himself to making replicas, then later his interest swung towards a transformation aimed at uniting the sculptural and musical. This gave rise to artworks that in the developmental process follow two transformational lines: “gusle – violin” and “gusle – cello”. As the exhibition curator, Mr Mario Beusan says that in this process the sculptor shifts increasingly away from the original instrument, and this shift is achieved by the sculptural creation of amorphous, asymmetrically begun and often rotated parts of the basic body of the instrument. Finally, these musical instruments or rather sculptures, owing to their varied lines and flickering contours, seem to represent the unique display of sounds that they can gift to us. The fact that Kujundžić’s sculptures are actual musical instruments is demonstrated by the track composed by Tibor Szirovicza, which he wrote specifically for these sculptures/instruments. The track is performed using electronics and a computer and pre-recorded sound matrixes. Regarding his inspiration, that is, music, Kujundžić says that it has been a part of his life since childhood, so later in his creative work he tried to link sculpture and music. Connecting sculpture, which, at least in the traditional regard, seems to be something quite tangible and material, and music, this phenomenon that we perceive only within the horizon of some kind of sonority, may seem paradoxical at first glance. However, it was this indirect role – creating sculptures/musical instruments – that has attracted many sculptors. In Slovenia, music was involved in the sculptures of Jakov Brdar, Lujo Vodopivec, Tomaž Kolarič, Tao Vrhovec, Marko Kovačič, Boštjan Drinovec and others. The Musical Instruments exhibition thus brings to Atelje Galerija a blend of sculpture, music and cultural heritage that can only be experienced and felt by simply visiting the exhibition. Jelka Vrečko About the Artist STIPAN KUJUNDŽIĆ (1982, Imotski) attended the Design School in Split, continuing his education at the Art Academy of Split University, where he took the course in sculpture (professors: Aleksandar Miđor, Nikola Džaja, Kazimir Hraste, Kuzma Kovačić) and graduated in 2006 in the class of Prof. Matko Mijić. He participated in several group exhibitions and at two sculpture camps. STIPAN KUJUNDŽIĆ is a young artist of modern sensuality; he belongs to the information age and is enchanted at the same time by the natural, human and spiritual dimensions of Imotska Krajina and the area to which he belongs fully, an area he is incessantly exploring and where he lives and works. It is his birthplace that represents for him an inexhaustible source for his artistic inspiration. This is evident in each of his works, but only on the level of creative energy and never descriptively. The expression of his artistic personality, which was encouraged starting at a young age, continues through education and his first creations towards the truly desired idea about how to actually live your art so that it will remain authentic and serve as a signpost to a better world, something we all dream of anyway. The artist says, “Since I can remember, one of the most exciting things for me was spatial volume and its changing shape in my fingers, whether I was just playing with dough in the kitchen or shaping clay. I continually drew and painted. Today, when I look at those first efforts, I get it that these are not actually pictures but unborn sculptures. Thanks to my father Augustin and my family, who encouraged me, I grew up in an environment filled with art, a great amount of love and limitless understanding. For this reason, I came to know myself very early on, and I now know precisely who I am, what I want and what I can achieve. That is the most important moment in life, since if you do what makes you happy, you will truly be happy.” He has been a member of ULUPUH – The Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts since 2009. Public Installations 2004 – Vrsar, A Sailor’s Longing, sculpture (mooring pillar), stone 2007 – Bol na Braču, Marine Games, sculpture (promenade leading to Zlatni Rat), stone 2007 – Split, Orson Welles, sculpture, bronze (collaboration with Oja Kodar) Solo Exhibitions 2001 – Imotski, Shackles of Habit, paintings, drawings and sculptures 2005 – Kaštel Sućurac, Kula Gallery, sculptures, terracotta 2007 – Split, the cellar of Diocletian's Palace, Travellers Through Time, sculptures, wood 2007 – Imotski, Travellers Through Time, sculptures, wood 2010 – Zagreb, Matica Hrvatska Gallery, Layering, sculptures, synthetics, wood Project artist: Prof. Mario Beusan Composer: Tibor Szirovicza, CONSUCTIO, track written for the 2011 exhibition – Gornja Stubica, Dvorac Oršić Gallery, Layering, sculptures, synthetics, wood 2011 – Kastav, Sv. trojica Gallery, Layering, sculptures, synthetics, wood 2011 – Zadar, Zadar National Archives Gallery, Layering, sculptures, synthetics, wood 2011 – Zadar, ZADART Gallery, Pain, sculptures, ceramics, wood Exhibition curator: Prof. Mario Beusan 2011 – Zagreb, ULUPUH Gallery, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, exhibition of original musical instruments, wood, leather, nylon Exhibition curator: Prof. Mario Beusan Composer: Tibor Szirovicza, TRANSFONIJA, track written for the exhibition. Musicologist: Maja Milošević