Bojan Šumonja & Marko Jakše: After the battle all generals are fucked
14.05.2024 18:00
Bojan Šumonja & Marko Jakše: After the battle all generals are fucked
Dream worlds on canvas by Bojan Šumonja & Marko Jakše
14 May–19 June 2024                                            
Opening: Friday, 14 May 2024, 6 p.m.–9 p.m
Johannisstrasse 3A, 66111 Saarbrücken
Curator: Esad Puzić

Gallery Puzić cordially invites you to the presentation of two of the most important and renowned artists in Central Europe – Bojan Šumonja (Croatia) and Marko Jakše (Slovenia).

Bojan Šumonja is rightly considered one of the most famous and recognized Croatian visual artists of the last decades. He has exhibited independently over 100 times across Europe and in the USA. His works have, among others, been presented at independent exhibitions in Venice, Milan, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Klagenfurt, Graz, Brussels, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, New Orleans, Zagreb, Dubrovnik and throughout Croatia. In his richly baroque compositions, sheep, gaunt flamingos, birds, downtrodden refugees and superheroes often appear, in sometimes absurd and dangerous scenarios of ecological, social and political catastrophes or dystopian landscapes. At the same time, complex ironic references (for which the artist was celebrated as the first “postmodernist” on the Croatian scene) wander through these dark battlefields - quotes from silent films (Buster Keaton), classical art and Pop Art appear, little Easter bunnies and other cartoons figures run around after the battle. Or herds of people bow down like African ostriches, hiding their heads in the sand. Šumonja’s most recent paintings, as well as the “collective” works (One Dollar Bill) with Marko Jakše, radiate striking chromatic peculiarities and combine versatile motifs and spatial systems.

The Slovenian artist Marko Jakše is appreciated by art experts for his expressive works with contrasting elements and imaginative, poetic scenarios. For more than 30 years, his artistic visions have been inspiring audiences with complex and multifaceted works that have a unique appeal and have already been awarded many prizes. Among many other exhibition venues, Marko Jakše represented Slovenia at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). A strong source of inspiration is the animal and plant world. The painterly results are surreal-seeming worlds that highlight the beauty of nature but also intertwine completely fantastic, strange and surreal elements.

The sarcastic title of our exhibition is aimed at the innovative image and style combinations of the two painters, whose fictional, mutated or real characters/natures capture our imagination,
looking at us with strange grimaces, and also turn into melancholy dreams. What is also quite unusual for our Western artworld scene  is the fact that the two artists worked as a collective for this exhibition, i.e. the paintings were designed and developed by both of them together.

We warmly invite all art lovers and collectors and look forward to your visit.

Esad Puzić, Director

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