Born in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1948, Braco Dimitrijević studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb before moving to Paris, where he would live and work for much of his career. He was one of the first artists to explore conceptual art in the 1970s, challenging traditional conventions and opening up new horizons of expression.
Around the mid-1970s, the artist experienced his first significant artistic transformation by incorporating original paintings borrowed from museum collections into his installations. Thus came about the project Triptychos Post Historicus, held in museums such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Louvre in Paris and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, to name but a few. In this project, artworks merge and coexist with everyday objects.
One of Braco Dimitrijević’s most famous works is the series entitled This Could be a Place of Historical Importance. In this series, the artist positions commemorative plaques in random places, such as walls or stones, giving them imaginary historical significance. With this gesture, Dimitrijević questions the ephemeral nature of artworks and our perception of history.
A new artistic turning point came in the 1980s, when Dimitrijevic began making installations with wild animals. This project would lead him to stage a major solo exhibition at the Paris Zoo in 1998, where the artist set up installations in the cages of lions, tigers, crocodiles, bison, and camels. The exhibition was to be visited by more than a million people.
Braco Dimitrijević has made a major mark in the field of contemporary art. His work is distinguished by the use of profound concepts and ideas, often exploring themes such as identity, history, and the relationship between the individual and society. More specifically, Braco Dimitrijević’s works are characterized by strong conceptual engagement. The artist explores themes such as identity, memory, history, and the relationship between the individual and the collective. He often uses iconic images and symbols to communicate his messages, referencing works of art, historical figures, and cultural archetypes. His work invites viewers to reflect on their own position in the historical and social context.
Braco Dimitrijević was one of the first artists to explore public art. His works often extend beyond traditional art gallery spaces and engage the public in urban contexts. For example, in the series Casual Passer-by I Met At…, the artist presents portraits of ordinary people on billboards, challenging the distinction between the anonymous individual and the subject of artworks.
In addition to numerous solo exhibitions at the institutional level, Braco Dimitrijević took part in Documenta 5 and 6 (1972 and 1977) and the Venice Biennale (1990 and 1992). His works are held in some of the world’s most prestigious collections, including those of the Tate Galleries (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and in the Terrae Motus collection at the Reggia di Caserta.
M77 Gallery had the honor of hosting Travelling to Post History: a solo exhibition by the artist curated by Danilo Eccher. For the occasion, the artist created two new works designed almost to desecrate the very idea of artwork and the very concept of the artist.