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13. октобар - 29. октобар 2022. год, Културни центар Србије / Centre culturel de Serbie, Paris

In the year when the Art Brut art section opens for the first time in the Centre Pompidou, in its immediate surroundings, in the exhibition space of the Cultural Center of Serbia in Paris, the Museum of Naive and Marginal Art - MNMA (Belgrade, Serbia) organizes the multimedia exhibition The World According to Ilija, dedicated to the artistic oeuvre of Ilija Bašičević Bosilj, a world classic of unconventional art whose works are part of the international collections of many prestigious institutions, including the Centre Pompidou and MNMA. The exhibition was opened by the director of MNMA dr. Ivana Bašičević Antić and Director of the Cultural Center of Serbia in Paris, Natali Beljanski, on October 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. Visitors will be able to visit the exhibition until October 29, 2022. Representative works from the collection of the Museum of Naive and Marginal Art, the collection Otto Bihalji-Merin and the Museum of Naive Art Iljanum, Šid are on display. The exhibition is accompanied by a rich trilingual catalog with text by the renowned author from Paris - Barbara Safarova, as well as a screening of documentaries about Ilija Bašičević Bosilj and a virtual exhibition through the exhibition Defense of the artist, insult to man, Ilijanum museum, Šid.

Ilija Bašičević Bosilj was born in Šid (Serbia) in 1895. He was a farmer till 1957 when the Communist regime took away his land. He made his first gouaches and drawings when he was 62. Soon he started working with oil paint. He painted till his death developing his own visual language to communicate a highly personal philosophy, and left an oeuvre of more than 2000 artworks. During his lifetime he was exhibited on more than hundred exhibitions throughout the world (Tokio, Osaka, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Dortmund, Basel, Zurich, Rome, Genoa, Mexico City). In the Galerie St. Etienne (New York) in 2006 Ilija had his first solo show in USA. London based Raw Art Magazine named Ilija one of the fifty classics of art brut. His work is part of prominent museum and private collections (Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Collection de’l Art Brut, Lausanne, Museum of Charlotte Zander, Bönigheim, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, collection of Carlo Ponti, Museum of Everything, London etc.). Through his decision to give more than 300 paintings to his hometown, museum Ilijanum was founded which still exists in Šid.Hi s son is internationally aclaimed protoconceptual artist Mangelos. Ilija died in 1972. in Šid.

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