EDO MURTIC

Edo Murtic - Birth of the Yellow, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 70x146 cm

The Birth of Yellow

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BIOGRAPHY
Edo Murtic ( 1921 – 2005) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, with professor Ljubo Babić; later he went to Belgrade to attend Petar Dobrović’s art school.
During World War II he was involved as a partisan in the anti-fascist resistence; in this time he made numerous drawings with a high documentary and artistic value.
Between 1951 – 1952 Murtic travelled to the USA, where he personally met Jackson Pollock, De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, James Brooks and other American artists. During that period he created the cycle Experience of America.
In 1958 he participated at the XXIX Venice Biennale, and the Documenta in Kassel.
In 1960 Murtic received the Marzotto Award and the Gold Medal of the Italian President at Premio di Pittura Città di Faenza.
The artist participated in 1965 at the 7th Tokyo Biennale and in 1967 at the IX São Paulo Biennale.
In 1972 Edo Murtic received in Rome the Silver plaque of Pope John VI. Also received in Venice, Premio Internazionale di Grafica Do Forni and the Mayor’s medal.
The French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
„The energetic gesture, powerful colorism, and general vitality of the cycle, Experience of America, announced an aesthetic paradigm that Murtić would further develop during the 1960s into monumental abstract compositions in his trademark idiom. In the 1950s his style was closer to art informel and tachisme—the European variants of Abstract Expressionism. It was precisely this type of painting, rich in pictorial dynamism, which brought him his first success abroad and established him as an internationally relevant artist.” Branko Franceschi

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Tate Modern, London, UK
Kunsthaus, Zurich
Museums of the Vatican, the Vatican City, Rome
Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin
Museum of Contemporary Art, Genova
National Museum, Prague
New National Gallery, Berlin
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Liege
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Modern Gallery, Rijeka
Modern Gallery, Ljubljana
Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade
CAMeC – Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia
Museum of Modern Art, Ludwig Foundation, Vienna
Art Gallery, Dubrovnik
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
David Rockefeller Collection, New York

WORKS IN PUBLIC SPACES | A SELECTION
Ceramic mural, Yugoslav exhibition pavilion at Expo 1958, Grand Palais, Brussesls
Set design for the opera The Nightingale by Igor Stravinski(director Vlado Habunek), 1958, Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb
Execution project for a monument to fallen freedom fighters, Villefranche – de – Rouergue(with sculptor Stevan Luketic), 1966
Tapestry, Libertas Hotel, 1969,  Dubrovnik
Tapestry, Zagreb Bank in Vlaska Street, 1971, Zagreb
Four Seasons Hotel, 1972, Houston
Set design for the ballet Debussy Sonata by Igor Stravinsky, Croatian National Theatre,1975,  Zagreb
Monumental mosaic for the apse of St. Peter and Paul Church, 1988, Mostar
Large format painting, VIP office of Zagreb Bank in Kaptol Centre, 2001, Zagreb

BIENNIALS
1972
III Biennale of Graphic Art, Tokyo
1967
IX Biennale, São Paulo
1964
XXXII Biennale, Venice
1958
XXIX Biennale, Venice
1953
III Biennale, Tokyo

DOCUMENTA
1958
Documenta, Kassel

AWARDS
2003
Prize for lifetime achievement, Premio Lissone
2001
Vladimir Nazor Award for life’s work
1997
Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences
1988
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain | Pollock – Krasner House and Study Center, Helen Harrison, Charlotta Kotik, Philip Rylands, August 2017
Edo Murtic – Ceramics | Museum of Arts and Crafts, Fondacija Murtic, 2015 – 2016
Vijecnica | Jannis Kounellis, Edo Murtic, Branco Dimitrijevic | Texts by Branco Franceschi, Hans – Ulrich Obrist | Almin Zrno, Mjesto Godina Izdanja, Sarajevo 2014
Edo Murtic – War Rat | Art Pavilion in Zagreb
Murtic Donation – Towards the Realisation of a Vision | Branko Franceschi, Feda Vukic, Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, Zagreb
Edo Murtic | Pierre Restany, Flaminio Gualdoni, Palais Harrach, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, 2004
Edo Murtić | Igor Zidić, Modern Gallerym Skaner studio, 2002
Edo Murtic – Nova Apstrakcija | Zvonko Makovic, Pierre Restany, Zagreb, 2000
Edo Murtic  – Civico Museo Revoltella Trieste | Maria Masau Dan, Printed in Zagreb, Croatia, 2000
Edo Murtić – Edition Monograph | Michael Gibson, Nacionalna i sveucilisna biblioteka, 1989
Plovidbe atelijerom Ede Murtica | Cedo Prica, Naprijed, 1997
Murtić | Edizioni d’arte, Edizioni Concordia, 1978
Murtić – His Life and Art | Vladimir Maleković, Pordenone, Centro Iniziative, 1978

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
From the Murtić Donation
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
War
Art Pavilion, Zagreb
2009
Art pavilion
Juraj Matija Sporer, Opatija
2008
When words fail, Vijenica
2005
Art Pavilion, Zagreb
2004
Kroatische Malerei des 20.
Jahrhunderts – Kunsthistorisches Museum, Palace Harrach, Vienna
Istrian Parliament Hall and Zuccato Palace, Porec
Modern Gallery, Ljubljana
2003
Galerie Sur les Quais, Revel Touluse
Civica galleria d’arte contemporanea, Lissone
2002
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Cast Museum of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Zagreb
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ibiza
Galerie l’Europe, Paris
Novy Manezh, Moscow
2001
Gallery TDR – ceramic mural , Rovinj
Gallery Forum, Zagreb
2000
HDLU – Croaatian Society of Artists, Zagreb
Gallery Klarisa, Dubrovnik
Museo Revoltella, Trieste
Museum of Contemporary Art, Udine
1999
Gallery Kortil, Rijeka
Galerie Le Lys, Paris
1998
Art Pavilion, Zagreb
Modern Gallery, Dubrovnik,
Palazo Millesi, Split
1997
Trieste, Galleria Torbandena
Novalja, Town Hall Galeria Kunkera
1996
Sabornica, Montraker, Porec
Franciscan Monastery, Siroki Brijeg
1995
Museo Revoltella, Trieste
Print Room of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb
1994
Fine Arts Gallery Cobra, San Francisco
Jakarta, Santi Art Gallery
Porec, Istrian Parliament House
Kennedy Gallery, Athens, Ohio
1993
Zagreb, Forum Gallery
Opatija, Art Pavilion
1992
Galleria Fides Arte, Mestre – Venice
Wurtzer Gallery, Houston
1991
Munich, Galerie Hermanns
Geneva, Galleria Kara
Zagreb, Forum Gallery
1990
Zagreb, Museum of Arts and Crafts
1989
Seoul, Gallery Duson
1988
Ljubljana, Modern Gallery
Skoplje, Modern Gallery
Munich, Galerie Hermanns
1987
Galerie Hermanns, Munich
Banja Luka, Art Salon
1986
Modern Gallery, Rijeka
Museum Space, Zagreb
Gallery Feldmann, Bern
Galleria TK, Trieste,
Chromos Exhibition Space, Zagreb
1985
Galleria Aglaia, Firenze
Galleria Il Gabbiano, La Spezia
Art Gallery, Dubrovnik
1984
Gallery Ars, Ljubljana
Modern Gallery, Rijeka
1983
16th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo
Gallery Forum, Zagreb
Galleria Il Gabbiano, La Spezia
Galleria San Giorgio, Pordenone
Modern Gallery, Ljubljana
Palais de l’Europe, Le Tourquet
Hommage a Edo Murtic, Chavari

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1982
Art Gallery, Banja Luka
Galerie d’Art International, Paris
1981
Art Gallery, Zagreb
Art Pavilion, Zagreb
Galerie d’Art International, Paris
Galleria Il Gabbiano, La Spezia
Modern Gallery, Ljubljana
Palais de l’Europe, Le Touquet
Hommage a Edo Murtic, Chavari
1980
Ljubljana, Municipal Gallery
Galerie d’Art International, Paris
Galleria Zarathustra, Milano
Galerie du Rhin, Colmar
1979
Gallery of the Fine Arts, Novi Sad
Fine Arts Salon, Pula
Galleria Fides Arte, Mestre – Venice
Art Gallery, Maribor
1978
Forum Gallery, Zagreb
1977
Galleria Rotta, Genova
Galleria 4M, Florence
1976
Forum Gallery, Zagreb
National Museum, Belgrade
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
1975
Galleria Bergamini, Milano
Galleria del Pontaccio, Milano
Forum Gallery, Zagreb
Galleria S. Stefano, Novara
Galleria del Circolo Artistico, Bologna
1973
Galleria d’Arte Forum, La Spezia
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
Galleria Il Camino, Pordenone
Regional Museum, Rovinj
1972
Forum Gallery, Zagreb
Gallery Pace, Milano
Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago
1971
Forum Gallery, Zagreb
Palazzo Reale, Milano
1970
Galleria Il Gabbiano, La Spezia
Forum Gallery, Zagreb
1969
Galleria Sistiana, Trieste
1966
Galerie Anne Abels, Cologne
Art Gallery, Split
Modern Gallery, Rijeka
Galleria d’Arte Il Centro, Napoli
1965
Modern Gallery, Zagreb
Gallery Osborn, New York
Galerie Suzanne Bollag, Zurich
Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf
1964
Belgrade, Salon of the Museum for Contemporary Art
Skoplje, Museum of Contemporary Art
Klagenfurt, Galerie 61
1963
Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb
Galerie Raymond Creuze, Paris
Galleria Bergamini, Milan
1962
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
1960
Belgrade, Gallery GNO
Rome, Galleria La Medusa
Ljubljana, Mala Galerija
1959
Galleria Bergamini, Milan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
1957
Wurthle, Vienna
1956
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome
1955
Palais des Beaux – Arts, Brussels
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
1954
Art Pavilion, Zagreb
Gallery GNO, Belgrade
1953
Zagreb, Salon ULUH (Association of Artists of Croatia)
Belgrade, Salon ULUS (Association of Arists of Serbia)
1946
Prag, Umelecka Beseda
1935
Zagreb, Modern Gymnasium

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain
Andrej Jemec, Tadeusz Kantor, Jan Kotik, Edo Murtic &Romul Nutiu
Steinberg Museum of Art, Long Island University, NY, USA
2017
Eastern European Abstractionism.
Andrej Jemec, Edo Murtic &Romul Nutiu,
418GALLERY, Munich

Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain,
Andrej Jemec, Tadeusz Kantor, Jan Kotik, Edo Murtic &Romul Nutiu,
Pollock – Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, USA
2009
Da Hartung a Warhol.
Presenze internazionali nella collezione Cozzani. Opere dalle raccolte del CAMeC – CAMeC – Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia, Italy
2008
From the holdings of the museum
Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
2007
Avangardne tendencije u Hrvatskoj, Galerija Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb
Sammlung Politeo. Art Center Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Berlin
2006
Croatian Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje
2004
AVANGUARDIE STORICHE E ASTRAZIONE
Importanti opere su carta del XX secolo – Galleria Torbandena, Trieste
2000
Directions of European Abstract Art, Galleria Torbandena Trieste
1999
Biennale of Drawings, Zagreb
Biennale of Prints, Ljubljana

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1997
Mediterranean Biennale, Dubrovnik
1995
Museum Revoltella, Trieste
1994
Manny Silvermann Gallery, Los Angeles
1993
XX International Prints Biennial, Ljubljana
1989
International Watercolour Exhibition, Seoul
1988
Triennial of Modern Art, Belgrade
Musee d’Art Moderne, Seoul
International Exhibition of Original Drawiing, Rijeka
1986
New Tapestry, Chicago
New Tapestry, Zagreb
New Tendencies in Contemporary Art, Sarajevo
1985
XVI International Prints Biennial, Ljubljana
New Tapestry, Paris
1982
Art et papier, Le Touquet
1981
Sculpture Garden, Gallery Artur Rubin, Highland Park, Chicago
Centre Georges Pompidou, Temoignage 81, Paris
1980
Yugoslav Painting of the Sixth Decade, Belgrade
Galerie d’art International (Murtic, Franzheim, Perilli, Malava, Kulmer, Pizzinato), Paris
Biennale, Le Touquet
1978
Galerie d’Art International, Paris
1977
Modern Yugoslav Prints, Milano
1976
Premio Internazionale Biella per l’incisione, Biella
Contemporary Yugoslav Painting, Mexico City
1975
V Zagreb Exhibition of Original Drawings, Zagreb
IX International Prints Exhibition, Kyoto
1974
Croatian Fine Arts 1945 – 1955, Tendentious Realism, part of the IX, Zagreb Salon
VIII Zagreb Exhibition of Yugoslav Prints, Zagreb
Trends in Contemporary Yugoslav Art, Art Gallery Dubrovnik
IV International Exhibition of Original Drawings, Rijeka
V Print Biennial, Kracow
1973
Yugoslav Prints, Paris
X International Prints Biennial, Ljubljana
1972
Morgan’s Paint, Ravenna
III International Exhibition of Original Drawing, Rijeka
Exhibition of Contemporary Yugoslav Prints, Katowice
III Biennial of Prints, Tokyo
1971
Croatian Artists, Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago
Gallery from Leverkusen, Zeitgenosische jugoslawische Kunst, Leverkusen
Grand Palais, L’art sur le sol Yugoslave de la prehistoire a nos jours, Paris
IX International Print Biennial, Ljubljana
1970
Galleria Sagittaria, Artisti corati, Pordenone
VI Zagreb Exhibition of Yugoslav Prints, Zagreb
International Triennial of Prints, Tokyo
IV Triennial, Belgrade
1969
II Zagreb Exhibition of Yugoslav Drawing, Zagreb
1968
I Zagreb Exhibition of Yugoslav Drawing, Zagreb
1967
Carnegie International, Pittsburgh
Jugoslawische Kunst heute, Bochum
1965
Trigon 65, Graz
Arte e resistenza nel’Europa, Bologna
1963
Contemporary Yugoslav Painters and Printmakers, Athens
Contemporary Yugoslav Painters and Printmakers, Thessaloniki
Trigon 63, Graz
Premio di Pittura Citta di Faenza, Faenza
Tredicesimo Premio Lissone, Lissone
1962
L’Art contemporain en Yugoslavie, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris
Nutida Jugoslavisk konst, Svea – Galleriet, Stockholm
L’arte contemporanea in Jugoslavia, Rome
L’ arte contemporanea in Jugoslavia, Bari
25 artists from Yugoslavia, Venice
1961
I Triennial of Fine Arts, Belgrade
IV International Print Exhibition, Ljubljana
Contemporary Yugoslav Painting and Sculpture, Brighton
Contemporary Yugoslav Painting and Sculpture, Coventry
Contemporary Yugoslav Painting and Sculpture, Kingston upon Hull, Chicago
1960
New Painting from Yugoslavia, Boston
New Painting from Yugoslavia, New York
Artisti jugoslavi, Milano
Artisti jugoslavi, Bologna
Artisti jugoslavi, Torino
1959
Art yougoslave d’aujourd’hui, Paris
III International Print Exhibition, Ljubljana
1958
World Exhibition Carnegie, Pittsburgh
Group Zagreb 58, Antwerpen
1957
Palazzo della Permanente | Arte Jugoslava contemporanea, Milano
Exhibition of the March Group, Zagreb
Jugoslawianske sztuka wspolszesna, Warsaw
Jugoslawianske sztuka wspolszesna, Kracow
Kroatische Kunst der Gegenwart, Erlangen
1956/1955
60 Works of Modern Yugoslav Painting, Marseilles, Zurich, Stuttgart, Manchester
1948
Exhibition of the Three | Murtic, Prica, Reiser,  Zagreb
Exhibition fo the Three | Murtic, Prica, Reiser, Belgrade

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