11 August, Wednesday – 11 September, Saturday, Hírös Agora / Room Nr. 100
Opening: 11 August, Wednesday 5:00 pm
Opening speech by poet, art writer and producer János Kurdy Fehér
The title is a contraction of the names Rembrandt and Rubens, and the series of works were created directly after Milorad Krstić’s film Ruben Brandt, Collector was made. Krstić keeps surfing freely from one art reference to the next in his new paintings too. He lists significant artists and artworks, blending in references of film, painting and architecture in a way that all but blurs the borders between genres. The artist often uses compression and reconstruction.
Typical motifs of his fine arts oeuvre that he has been building for about 40 years now are masks replacing faces and faces growing out of masks, as well as “body-face combinations” with machines, animals, buildings or other works of art. The “creatures” of Krstić are often portraits of well known artists, scientists or politicians, which Krstić likes to call “self-portraits” with someone (Self-portrait with a model after Matisse), or after someone (Self-portrait after Da Vinci), for example. The end result is a “universal artistic self-portrait”, a kind of portrait unknown until now, which stands closer to artistic manifestations—indeed, the viewers of these works might see them as “art-portraits”, a kind of personal manifestation of Krstić’s ideas of art.
János Kurdy Fehér
poet, art writer, producer