Dragoljub Todosijevic-Rasa (1945, Belgrade),
painter and sculptor. Lives in Belgrade. Graduate of the Academy of Fine
Arts, Belgrade (1969), where he studies painting. Has been exhibiting
since 1967. In the early Seventies, he was one of the initiators of new
art in Belgrade. His means of expression include installations, performance,
video, paintings, sculptures, as objects made of different, clashing organic
and non-organic materials: bread, fish, rubber plants, mud, plaster, water,
metal, found objects, transistors, etc.
Such works as Forged Bread (1973), 200.000 Lines for the Paris Biennale
(1977),Schlafflagge with Carp (1981), Invisible Sculpture - Endless Music
(1981), Fountain of Death in Maribor (1988) and Gott liebt die Serben
(1989) have been destroyed and exist only on photographs.
Collaborated briefly with the music group known as Other New Music (M.Draskovic
and M. Savic).
Since 1973 has written essays on the theory of art and "art texts" (For
Art Against Art, Introduction to History, Who Makes Profit on Art and
Who Gains from it Honestly). Since 1980 has been writing Stories on Art.
His essays and stories have been published in many Yugoslav and foreign
literature and art journals.
Major performances and actions: Marinela (Belgrade 1971), Decisions as
Art (Edinburgh - Belgrade, 1973), Drinking Water (Belgrade, 1974), Was
ist Kunst? (Paris, Biennale de Paris, 1977), Was ist Kunst? (Wien, Oesterreichicher
Kunstverein, International Performance Festival, 1977), Was ist Kunst?
(Lublin, International Festival of Performance and Body Art, 1978), Vive
la France - Vive la Tyrannie (Amsterdam, International Meeting devoted
to Work and Words 1979).
He had some 40 one-man Shows and about 200 group exhibitions: Edinburg
Art Festival (1973), Spans 73 (Zagreb, 1973), April Encounters (Belgrade,
1973-1975), 10 European Artists (Hillyer Gallery, Northampton, Mass, U.S.A.,
1975), Paris Youth Biennial (1977), New Art Practice 1966-1978 (Zagreb,
1978), European Dialogue, 3rd Sidney Biennial (Australia, 1979), Krakow
Encounters (1981), 16thBiennale in Sao Paolo (1982), Photographs by Artists
(Crown Point Gallery, Oakland, Cal. U.S.A., 1982), Private Symbols as
a Social Metaphor (5th Sidney Biennial, 1984), Fra-Yu-Cult (Gallery 369,
Edinburgh, 1990), Photography among the Serbs 1839-1989 (Belgrade,1991),
Cetinje Biennial (1991), Slav Athens (Ljubljana, 1991), Private-Public
(Podgorica, Belgrade, Novi Sad, 1992-1993), Europaer (Graz, 1993).Project
for Europe- Europe Rediscovered (Copenhagen ,1994.) Edinburgh Arts Festival
(Edinburgh 1994), II International Biennial Invitational (Los Angeles,
1994), Aeropagitica, 28 freie Seiten, Museum G.A.M.E.S of Art (Monchengladbach
1997), Out of Action; Between performance and the Object, 1949 -1979:
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles 1997); Osterreichisches museum
fur Angewandte Kunst (Wien 1998);Museum d Art Contemporani (Barcelona
1998 - 1999);Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo 1999), Body and the East,
Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana 1998) Focus Belgrade, Galeria IFA (Berlin
One - Man Shows:
Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Skopje, Edinburgh, Florence,
Paris, Modena, Turin, Brisbane, Tubingen, Priboj, Glasgow.
Prahovska 4a, 11000 Beograd,
phone: 381 11 652 643