Boris Demur (Zagreb, 1951 - 2014) is one of the artists who highly marked Croatian art in the four decades of his work. His artistic and theoretical creation initially took place within the Group of Six Authors. His pioneering conceptual work and continuous changes in innovative artistic expression make him one of the most significant authors of the Croatian art scene in the second half of the 20th century.
Selected works from the Marinko Sudac Collection are part of Boris Demur's analytical works, created mainly in the 1970s, in the period of "new art practice" and active years of the Group of Six Authors in Zagreb (1975-1981, with members: Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Vlado Martek, Željko Jerman, Boris Demur, Fedor Vučemilović).
Exhibition Boris Demur - Analytical Works. Marinko Sudac Collection opens on July 9, 2021, at 9 pm in the Zuccato Gallery in Poreč and remains open until August 29, 2021.
After completing his studies in Painting and Graphics at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, Boris Demur turned to conceptual art and process and theoretical-analytical research into the nature and language of painting and sculpture. In the course of then-current international events, he also devoted himself to the theoretical treatment of new phenomena in art - often introducing this theory to his works of art. He participated in exhibitions-actions of the Group of Six Authors, created works-texts, images-objects, analytical and procedural series of photographs, video works and installations. In the later period of creation, he focused on the spiral motif.
Demur's works such as There, 1976, a word-painting he executed in a large format and exhibited as part of an exhibition-action on the then Republic Square (now Ban Josip Jelačić Square), or an analytical painting Twenty Minutes of Rubbing with Paint, 1975, numerous notes and whole notebooks, contain records of the complete focus of the procedure. Works such as Transferring Paint Inside a Surface or 40 Strokes (Each Stroke Once Dipped in Paint Brush, One Stroke - Once Dipped Paint Brush), both from 1976, are part of a series of works of the same size, the same material, in which it uses only one colour, one type of brush, one base - without a symbolic or aesthetic level. From the same years, Demur created procedural works such as I Repeat, Stage or Dense by transferring the selected concept repeatedly in ink on paper until it was filled.
In 1979, he made a series of works, sculptures in the medium of photography - Sculptural Process, Sculptural Analytical Process and others. The photograph takes on the physical, material, process, and problematic qualities of sculpture - photography becomes sculpture. Some of these works will be exhibited at the Zuccato Gallery in Poreč.
A publication on analytical works (with texts by Ivica Župan and Mladen Lucić) is in the works, as well as an extensive monograph by Boris Demur (with a text by Miško Šuvaković) published by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde, Zagreb.
The exhibition is organised by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection, in cooperation with the Poreč Open University.