mangelosMANGELOS

Ivana Bašičević Antić, Ješa Denegri, François Piron
2014

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[EN] Acknowledged today as one of the most influential figures of post-war Yugoslavian art, mangelos is the pseudonym that the Yugoslavian art critic and historian Dimitrije Bašičević (1921–1987) used for his artistic activity, a parallel career he would only make public in the 1970s. Although he never considered himself an artist, he never stopped producing paintings, blackboards on which he inscribed poems, stories, quotations and philosophical manifestos, all inspired by his historical pessimism and the idea that language is infected by ideologies. He saw the civilization as a process of sensory deprivation, producing a ‘society devoid of art’, and the evolution of mankind as only aimed at dominating and instrumentalizing nature. He opposed to it a counter-education, through the character of the naïve man, whose intuitions and instincts are contained in the encrypted sentences he traced with the childlike handwriting he created for his oeuvre.
A comprehensive survey of mangelos’ art across all mediums, this book includes three essays which renew the interpretation of his art and its context. It offers a particular focus on his early work and notebooks, which are extensively reproduced here for the first time.

This book is published in association with galerie frank elbaz, Paris

[FR] Aujourd’hui considéré comme une figure essentielle de la scène artistique d’avant-garde yougoslave des années 1960, mangelos est le pseudonyme sous lequel le critique et historien d’art yougoslave Dimitrije Bašičević (1921-1987) a réalisé, sa vie durant, une œuvre qu’il n’a rendue publique qu’à partir des années 1970. Les peintures et carnets de mangelos sont des tableaux noirs sur lesquels il inscrit poèmes cryptiques, citations, manifestes et fragments philosophiques qui sont l’expression des doutes ironiques et tragiques de l’historien, qui oppose à la figure de l’artiste moderne celle de l’homme naïf. L’œuvre de mangelos, issue de l’expérience de la guerre, est une entreprise de contre-éducation, pour se défaire de l’emprise des idéologies sur la langue.
Ce livre est une analyse approfondie de l’art de mangelos sous toutes ses formes, et comprend trois essais qui renouvellent l’interprétation de son oeuvre et de son contexte. L’accent est mis sur ses premiers travaux et ses carnets dont un nombre important est ici reproduit pour la première fois.

Ce livre est co-édité par la galerie frank elbaz, Paris.

Edited by François Piron
Designed by Laure Giletti
Printed at die Keure, Brugge
Edition of 1000
Texts in English only
Softcover, dustjacket with flaps, 112 pages.
23 × 16 cm
90 color and b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-2-918252-26-9