Friends who respect the most prominent Serbian artist of the twentieth century, Olja Ivanjicki, have a chance to feel part of her world, exhibited in the History Museum of Serbia. The World created for hemself. Personal, intimate and unique. The World she lived in and created.
“I’m not going after success, but the duration, not only while I’m here but alsowhen I will not be here. To keep everything on and to last. This is my way” used to say Olga Olja Ivanjicki whose life and work are once again before the audience that loved her, to which she responded equally. By this Setting in Serbian Museum of History entitled “The Legacy of Olja Ivanjicki” we face the personal and unique world of the one who said: I saw the before and after, while in her home-studio at Kosančićev Venac she used to touch the entire cosmos becoming daughter of Leonardo, creating things for which was awarded as “The leading worldwide legend alive for 2001” by Cambridge International Biography Center.
In the cup of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great she served strawberries with whipped cream to her guests, never mentioning that her paintings reached Rockefeller or Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti. A Firebird nearly five thousand years old from a single piece of stone perhaps made from headboard of Darius emerged from her collection, but at her dark home table it was faced as a greeting – to accompany those who enter her temple…
The unprecedent crowd of people was out waiting, when the exhibition was opened this spring to confirm duration and presence of the artist and an intellectual, magic wlady to whom the mass of people made a passage through by only one word: “Olja”. The admirers of the Mediale lady, as well as those who just land to Belgrade will have the opportunity to meet her and her world of fortune she created for herself and left it to us as a legacy.
To honour Olja by this Setting, almost 200 of her works – paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphics, part of her collection of antiques, bellowed “Glass Garden”, personal belongings that used to accompany daily life of the famous painter born in Pancevo in the family of Russian emigrants. The perfect way in a profiled artistic and aesthetic manner to bring contemporaries closer to her personality, het taste, habits, surreal themes of her paintings, unusually eccentric and extravagant.
She never lost the status as the symbol of superior, cosmopolitan, urban and European Belgrade which she loved among all; She knew to say to the most eloquent society of the New York Fifth Avenue: “I am happiest when I see Branko’s Bridge”
autor: Dragan Milivojević