The Institute of Art History, Institute of Contemporary Art, and Oris House of Architecture kindly invite you to attend the book launch Radoslav Putar: Criticism, Studies and Notes 1961–1987 (Vol. I & II). The event will be held in Oris House of Architecture (Ulica kralja Držislava 3, Zagreb) on Wednesday, February 28th 2018, starting at 6 pm.
The concept of the publication and Radoslav Putar’s exceptional oeuvre will be presented by the book editors Ljiljana Kolešnik and Dejan Kršić, as well as by Janka Vukmir, the head of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Petar Prelog, the reviewer of the book, Marko Golub, art critic and head curator of the Gallery of the Croatian Design Society, and Matko Meštrović.
The book Radoslav Putar: Kritike, studije i zapisi 1961.–1987. brings a selection of Putar's art criticism, studies and notes (Vol. I), as well as essays and criticism in the field of design (Vol. II), written between 1961 and 1987.
The book encompasses a timeframe in which Putar was not only active as art and design critic, but also as an agile collaborator of the international movement New Tendencies, curator and director of the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Gallery of Contemporary Art, pedagogue and lecturer of visual education for workers in the Workers’ University Moša Pijade, teacher in the first Croatian post-war Graduate Studies of Design program, and a fervent participant in public debates on questions concerning culture and cultural policies.
The multitude of diverse and closely intertwined Putar’s activities, related to his committed and long-term effort to advance the general level of visual culture, resulted with a methodologically coherent body of work, which offers a comprehensive insight to the Croatian visual and cultural scene of the 1960s and 1970s. The two-volume publication concludes the long process of archiving and systematizing Putar's entire intellectual legacy, held at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb, which is now – together with the previously published selection of critical essays from the 1950s – available to the general audience.
For the occasion of the event, both volumes of the publication will be available under a reduced price.
The publishing of the book was supported by:
Ministry of Science and Education
Ministry of Culture
Kontakt. Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Collection
Croatian Science Foundation, with the project 6270 ARTNET.