From May 1975 to January 1985, 49 episodes of the series “Peintres de notre temps” (“Painters of our time”) were broadcasted on “Antenne 2”, french television. Imagined and presented by the journalist Michel Lancelot, the emission proposes portraits of artists filmed in their everyday work environments.
This episode, filmed in 1974 and dedicated to Ljuba, was obtained for exclusive diffusion in the SANU Galery (Serbian academy of sciences and arts) during the exhibit : “Ljuba Popovic : 1934-2016”. It can now be viewed on the website
The press kit contains a short Ljuba Bio, a description of his art, Ljuba’s most famous quotes reflecting his views about art. It also contains a detailed description of the exhibit, information on exhibit’s authors and catalog’s texts authors, as well as all the reproductions of the artworks that will be displayed. This press kit is aimed at those who won’t be able to visit the exhibit, as well as those who would want to know a bit more before visiting
Unfortunately, the press kit is only available in Serbian for the moment.
Thanks to ljuba.fr, several artworks from Ljuba have been found.
The latest one on the list: a painting called “Birth of an idiot” (oil on canvas, 137x176cm), from 1959.
The painting was painted during Ljuba’s last year of studies at the academy of fine arts, in Belgrade. Just leaving for Paris in 1963, Ljuba had left the painting in a cinema club. It is his friend, Slobodan Jevtić Pulika, who brought it to Paris a year and a half later. Marcel Zerbib, the gallery owner with whom Ljuba was working at that time, sold it promptly to an admirer. This person kept it for more than fifty years, until his death. Today, the painting belongs to a Parisian collection.
The artwork can now be admired in the 1957-62 gallery of the website.
A succession of difficulties and misunderstandings have been,until now, postponing a great retrospective of Ljuba’s works at the Academy of Science and Fine Arts in Belgrade. It is with great pleasure that we can announce today that this exhibit will finally take place in the fourth quarter of 2019. Large format paintings, from all Ljuba periods, will be shown.
A major Ljuba painting, “La Coupole” from the year 1964 (oil on canvas;150x130cm), will go on sale at “Hôtel Drouot”, on December the 12h 2018. This painting has never been presented before.
It can be found in the monography “Ljuba”, Alpine Fine Arts, 1980.
The first owner of this painting was a famous french actor, friend of surrealists and André Breton.