we are pleased to invite you to the opening of the monographic exhibition by Enca Kovačević on Friday, 14 August 2020 at 9pm in the Juraj Plančić Gallery of Stari Grad Museum.
The exhibition presents a total of 43 works of various formats.
Enca Kovačević was born in Split in 1953. After finishing primary school, she enrolled at the School of Applied Arts in Split. She continued her painting studies in her home town, at the Pedagogical Academy, in the class of Professor Ante Kaštelančić, where she graduated in 1976. She became a member of the Croatian Association of Fine Artists – Split in 1980. In her first solo performance, she exhibited about twenty oil paintings and nudes that seem to have grown in colour and solidity from the harsh Mediterranean soil. Even then, she presented herself with a distinctive handwriting of associative charge, which is evidenced in all her previous exhibitions.
The search for her own artistic expression soon leads her to a very individualized palette and a specific lyrical figuration with elements of abstraction. She most often uses oil on a wooden base, and landscapes, the underwater world, women in Dalmatian costumes and nudes are her main motifs. In more recent works, she concentrates on studies of the naked female body, and develops the technique of puttying a wooden base, on which she then paints with brushes and combs, to a level that reaches an impressive ratio of relief base and very fine gradation of pastel palette. (Vesna Bulić Baketić)
Refined tonal intimacy and genuine expression of compassion for a woman and her actual physicality are the artistic microworld of Enca’s painting. Her nudes, whether curled up in pain or longing for eros, or focused on invigorating torsos or thigh firmness, not only outline the spirit and body of a true woman, the provider of life pro futuro, but also mirror the author’s psychological and emotional state during creative act. (Biserka Rauter Plančić)
The curator of the exhibition is Biserka Rauter Plančić.
The exhibition is organised with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and Stari Grad Municipality, and will be open until 16 September, 2020.
We invite you all to the Museum and look forward to your visit!