Art in Gent – Goran Djurovic’s Prime Time

During my last trip to Gent, I happened to be lucky enough to see a public art space called the “Provinciaal Cultuurcentrum – Caermersklooster” on Vrouwebroerstraat 6 in Gent.

They were hosting a solo show for Serbian artist Goran Djurovic called “Prime Time.”

Goran Djurovic - Prime Time solo show in Gent

Goran Djurovic – Prime Time solo show in Gent

Mr. Djurovic now lives in Berlin and it seems his work was only “discovered” in the last few years and had his work hosted in a variety of European museums. The painter is currently in his 60’s.

Djurovic backgrounder

Djurovic backgrounder

The Privincial Culture Center (I assume the English translation) is a magnificent, well lit space and worth the visit. For this particular show, the number of works on display is staggering. The solo show must have more than 40 original oil paintings on display in four small and one very large gallery space.

I will leave you to digest the themes of Djurovic’s work on your own from the sample of photos I took at the show. While the work can be quite dark, I found it inspiring.

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Painting from the Prime Time exhibition

Painting from the Prime Time exhibition

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The work of Goran Djurovic

The work of Goran Djurovic

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This one is called Visitors on Display

This one is called Visitors on Display

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The mouse dance

The mouse dance

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More of the work of Goran Djurovic

More of the work of Goran Djurovic

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2 Responses

  1. This is great stuff. There are hints of well-known masters, but the end result is unique. Must have been a thrilling exhibition.

    • Yes, I agree, because Djurovic is working in oil on panel, which has the look and feel of a more traditional form, it lends itself to looking “masterful” or drawing on those traditions. I think his cultural background adds to that…especially considering he’s lived in the former communist east Berlin too.

      The exhibition was intriguing. When I got home, I realized there were several pieces I wish I had photographed.

      One showed a figure on a raised platform with his back to the viewer, and the figure is looking out at a group of people, each sitting inside a box-like form with no top that looks exactly like office cubicles except no entrance or exit. That painting was very surreal.

      Djurovic had another piece I liked, showing 4 of 5 men, all looking at laptop screens, with their faces illuminated by the screens, and they are all sitting together and none of them are interacting with the others sitting beside them.

      Still, it’s very challenging to a viewer to walk around looking at 40+ paintings in a single solo exhibition. From the dates on the paintings I could see most of these pieces were created since 2009, and many were created between 2010 and 2012, so this painter is very prolific as well. It makes sense though, he is in his 60’s and has mastered the craft part long ago, now for him it is a matter of executing the ideas he wants to show through the works.

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