The First Heretic, 1990
height 205 cm
Peruško Bogdanić graduated in sculpture in 1976 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Vjekoslav Rukljač, where he started teaching in 1995 and was its dean from 2012 to 2014. He has been actively involved in running the Montraker International Sculpture School in Vrsar since 1996.
He joined the postmodernist movement and has created a sculptural oeuvre of primary and pure forms, mainly in wood and stone. He has been inspired by mythological and historical connotations reduced to symbolic premises. His organic forms of balanced textures are associative constructivist sculptures of simple forms and lyrical perceptions. Building an original sculptural value, Bogdanić has synthesised in a highly aesthetic manner the values of the traditional medium of sculpture featuring late modernist reflections. He is the author of several public sculptures in both Croatia and abroad.
Peruško Bogdanić’s minimalist sculpture The First Heretic from 1990 bears his recognisable style. Associatively totem-like, the work consists of a tall, upright and slightly curved tree log with dovetails, on top of which lies a highly stylised piece of stone which penetrates with its fractional form into space at an oblique angle.
Text: Tatijana Gareljić, museum consultant of the National Museum of Modern Art © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb
Translated by: Ana Janković
Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb