Exhibition: Works by Safet Zec at UNESCOSafet Zec, considered one of the greatest painters and engravers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is showing 70 of his works at UNESCO Headquarters (Miró Hall) from April 15 to May 19.
UNESCO Director-General Koďchiro Matsuura, will open the exhibition with the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slobodan Soja, on April 16 at 6.30, in the presence of the artist.
Mr Zec, a leading figure of the school of “poetic realism” in his country, has won recognition in Europe, the US, and Japan. He was born in Rogatica in 1943 and grew up in Sarajevo. Mr Zec studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Belgrade and lived in Yugoslavia until 1992, in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Pocitelj, a small historic town near Mostar that became an artists’ colony, where he had opened an engraving studio in 1983.
In 1992, unable to paint and to support his family, Mr Zec left Sarajevo in the midst of the bombing and settled in Italy, first in Udino, and then in Venice, where he now lives. “I grew up in a city where mosques, Catholic and Orthodox churches and synagogues stood side by side. My friends had different ethnic backgrounds and religions, but I never encountered any hostility. I was shattered by the disaster that tore my homeland apart.” In Pocitelj, the old mosque was destroyed, Mr Zec’s studio burned down, his engravings and the copper plates on which he had worked for years disappeared forever.
Over 30 years, Mr Zec has shown his work to the public in some 90 personal exhibitions around the world and has won about 20 prizes, including a Special Prize at the International Triennial of Print – Kanagawa in Japan (1998) and First Prize of the Friends of Leonardo Sciascia in Milan (Italy) in 2003.
On Thursday, May 6, Mr Zec will give a press conference (Room III, at 11 a.m.), followed by the presentation of his book Ponts containing reproductions of engravings and two texts by Nobel Literature Prize laureate Ivo Andric, published under the patronage of UNESCO in Urbino (Italy).
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