BAŠIČEVIĆ, Mangelos Dimitrije, artist, theoretician, art critic, procurator, essayist, anthropologist, Neo-Platonist, publicist (Šid, 4/14/1921 – Zagreb, 12/18/1987). He studied Art History and Philosophy in Vienna (1942-1944). In 1944, he was a member of the resistance movement. From 1945 to 1949 he studied Art History and Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1957 with the topic of Sava Šumanović. He was one of the cofounders of the Centre for Photography, Film, and Television in 1971. He was among the most progressive advocates of abstract and contemporary art, next to Radoslav Putar, and a member of the curatorial team “Salon 54” (Rijeka, 1954), which triggered significant controversy. He is the creator of the “non-art – no-art” idea and he contributed greatly to the founding of today’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Croatian Museum of Naïve (formerly constitutes of the Galleries of the City of Zagreb). He published books on Mirko Virius (1959), Ivan Generalić (1962, 1972) and Ilija Bosilj (1996, posthumously). He was one of the founders of the Gorgona art group. His most relevant works include Phytagoras, U Parizu kad sam bio mrtav, Oče kujem uskrsnuće mrtvih, Mutaba, Der alte Fritz, artist’s books, publications, manifestos and dual artworks. His pieces were based on the idea of paradox, Glagolitic calligraphy and metaphysical iconography, combining alchemy at the level of the actual and an individual Neo-Platonism poetics, while applying two non-colors and a single color of red in combination with short sentences deprived of aestheticization. His works are held in collections and modern and contemporary art museums in Croatia and worldwide. 


Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos
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