The NMMU is pleased to announce Pavle Pavlović’s participation in the exhibition
THE SPIRIT OF EUROPE at the European Union Pavilion

9th Beijing International Art Biennale

National Museum of China (NAMOC)
18 January – 1 March 2022

For the first time in any international art biennale, works by artists from the European Union, including painting, photography, collage, video and installations, are brought together in a joint exhibition. “The Creative Europe” strategy identifies art as a powerful tool that can change the way we think and act. The selection is inspired by this broad and powerful concept of art. Could art help us to think and act like European citizens? Could it succeed in defining our specific cultural identity? Could this joint exhibition in China help us in our quest for unity? In short, is there such a thing as the “European spirit”? It is with these questions in mind that this exhibition of European art in Beijing was conceived as an experiment of sorts.

The selected artworks present to Chinese audiences a wide range of European creativity, from the imaginary cycling tour of El Prado Museum, a surreal portrait of culture and imaginary mirages of Eastern Europe and a symbol of a small Mediterranean island, through a strong connection to nature in a Baltic country, the influence of great European painters from the past, rebellious creativity from the heart of the continent, Germanic elegance and sobriety, fascination with the mythologies of the Scandinavian artist and, given that the exhibition is held in China, to the passion for the Far East from a European perspective.  (Lucía Sollinger)

The participation of Pavle Pavlović with six paintings, organized by the National Museum of Modern Art, was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb.

Pavle Pavlović (1983) graduated in painting in 2010 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb under the mentorship of prof. Zoltan Novak. He is a member of the Croatian Association of Fine Artists. Since 2016, he has been an assistant at the Department of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He lives and works in Zagreb and Samobor.

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Translated by: Robertina Tomić
Pavle Pavlović, Felly Kamily, oil on canvas, 185 x225 cm, 2017. Photo: From the Artist's archives

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