Portraits of The-Non-Existent-Bird. - VLADIMIR VELICKOVIC.

From 17 to 19 May 2020 - Musée. Institut du monde arabe.

  • VELICKOVIC, Corbeaux.

    Corbeaux, 2014. Mixed media on canvas, diam. 150 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Vladimir Velickovic. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • VELICKOVIC, Corbeau.

    Corbeau, 2013. Mixed media on cardboard, 32,2 x 29 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Vladimir Velickovic. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • VELICKOVIC, Corbeau et corps.

    Corbeau et corps, 2013. Mixed media on cardboard, 32,2 x 29,5 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Vladimir Velickovic. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

PORTRAITS OF THE-NON-EXISTENT-BIRD - VLADIMIR VELICKOVIC.
Claude Lemand.

The Birds of Vladimir Velickovic.

The crow is the only bird represented in the universe of Vladimir Velickovic. No dove of peace or faithful love, no beautiful or sympathetic real or legendary birds. For Claude Aveline’s poem, the artist painted a magnificent and powerful tondo: a fire in the distance, a massacre of humans on the left, a circle of crows on the right, around a black pit. Presented at the Grand Palais and then in the exhibition at the city of Issoudun Museum, this work is now part of the Claude & France Lemand Donation to the Museum of the Institut du monde arabe in Paris, where it was exhibited it in 2018-2019.

Velickovic’s universe has always been violent, punctuated by images of torn bodies, desolate landscapes and aggressive animals. Death is omnipresent. His palette is limited to black, gray, white and blood red. His raven is a vulture with a beak and claws covered by blood. He is relentless on man to finish off the wounded and devour the dead. His crow is a symbol of the executioner man. For him, hatred, torture and the instinct for destruction and death characterize the human race. Life is hell.

When he reinterpreted the Issenheim altarpiece by Mathias Grünewald, he retained only the detail of the central part of The Crucifixion. In Velickovic’s work, there is no hope, no travel elsewhere, no dreams, only nightmares. No escape, no peaceful and welcoming country ... or beyond.

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