Raša Todosijević

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Raša Todosijević (1945, Belgrade) is a painter and sculptor living in Belgrade. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Belgrade (1969), where he studied painting. Has been exhibiting since 1967. In the early 1970s, 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).

  • Raša Todosijević, Belgrade: Muzej savremene umetnosti, 1982, [8] pp. With text by Jerko Denegri. (Serbo-Croatian)
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