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Braco Dimitrijević

Braco Dimitrijević was born in 1948 in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzgovina, then part of the People's Republic of Jugoslavia. Until 1968 he studied physics and mathematics and was active in ski sports. From 1968 until 1973 he studied at the University in Zagreb art and art history and from 1971 until 1973 at St Martin College of Art in London. He lives and works in Paris.

Together with Goran Trbuljak the artist played an influential role in the 1970s as member of the group 'Penzioner Tihomir Simčić', in defining a conceptually based new alternative artistic language in Jugoslavia. In 1976 he was invited by the artistic program of the German Academic Exchange Service to stay for a year in Berlin. 1977 he took part in Kassel at documenta 6. At the Schlosspark Charlottenburg he realized in 1979 a nearly ten meters high Obelisk, made from white Carrara marble. On its bottom part, on all four sides in different languages, the Obelisk shows the sentence: 'March 11 – This could be a day of historical importance'. As a matter of fact the date was the birthday of a coincidental passer-by.


The work by Braco Dimitrijević is shaped by an intellectual controversy about the inherent contradictions between historical importance and everday life, about the role and function of so called important personalities and the anyone, about a simple moment during the day and a supposedly historical moment. This is certainly a strong counterposition against political and ideological concepts, which tend to sacrifice the happiness of the individual for some future utopia of an abstract group. Since the 1980s his work is also concentrated about a confrontation between nature and art, between artistic creation of beauty and ideal forms in relation to natural existence and the banality of everyday objects.

The marble plaque 'This could be a place of historical importance' is an excellent example for the artistic concept of his work in the 1970s. It's a playful transfomation of meaning, a shift of importance and a hint at the fragility of all historical judgement.

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