Dušan Džamonja

Dušan Džamonja (31 January 1928 – 14 January 2009) was a contemporary Macedonian sculptor of Croatian ancestry.
Yugoslav sculptor, born in Strumica. Studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb 1945-51, part of the time under Krsinic. Worked as assistant to Krsinic 1951-3, then in a studio of his own. First one-man exhibition at the Salon ULUH-a, Zagreb, 1954. Early sculptures of the human figure, then simplified his forms and turned to abstraction partly under the influence of Moore; began in 1957 to use different materials such as nails and glass in order to open up his sculpture. His one-man exhibition at the 1960 Venice Biennale led to international recognition and a number of exhibitions outside Yugoslavia. Increasingly preoccupied with pure regular forms such as the sphere and the ovoid, and since 1967 has also made iron tapestries out of chains. Designed a number of monuments to the Partisans and victims of concentration camps, most notably the Memorial Ossuary at Barletta, near Ban (completed 1970) and the Monument to the Battle of Kozara (completed 1972), both with sculptural forms carried out on the scale of architecture. Lives in Zagreb.(tate.org.uk)

 Džamonja draws primarily in chalk and uses the technique of washed ink; however, Džamonja leaned towards sculpture, early on. He has used many materials, from bronze and iron to wood, glass, concrete and polyester in his sculptures.[3]
"He developed new ways of using traditional materials; he reconciled the intractability of metal to the fluidity and animation of nature; and , without resorting to narrative, he imbued his architectural monuments with the sensation of human presence…" Jasia Reinchard.Wikipedia

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