From the Studio of… LUJO VODOPIVEC
Curator of the exhibition series: Marko Jenko, PhD
3 October – 27 November 2016
Opening: Monday, 3 October 2016, 6 p.m.
This year, the series of small-scale exhibitions entitled From the Studio of… turns the spotlight on Slovene sculptors whose works are included in Moderna galerija’s permanent exhibition 20th Century: Continuities and Ruptures. The series is currently showing sculptor Lujo Vodopivec and his recent production, featuring works produced over the past two years but not yet exhibited anywhere before. Included in the museum’s permanent exhibition are two of Vodopivec’s works from Moderna galerija’s sculpture collection: Music for Bill Tucker (1978) and Invisible Object (1988). The From the Studio of… series of exhibitions is designed to offer viewers a comparative overview of and insight into an artist’s development and creative transformation.
Lujo Vodopivec (born in 1951) is an academy-trained sculptor, and undoubtedly one of the preeminent representatives of modern sculpture in Slovenia. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 1974 he completed a postgraduate degree in sculpture under Drago Tršar there, receiving the student Prešeren Award for his work. In 1979 he traveled to the United States on a Barnett Newman Foundation grant, to study with the renowned British sculptor William G. Tucker at the New York Studio School. Since 1984 Vodopivec has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts (now the Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Ljubljana, where he was made full professor in 2000. He has exhibited widely, both at home and abroad, in solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1986 and the São Paolo Biennial in 1994. He has received the Prešeren Foundation Award (1988) and the Rihard Jakopič Award (2000).