Ljuba’s exhibit in Auberive Abbey

Paintings from Ljuba, Dado and Veličković can be seen in the french “Centre d’Art Contemporain de l’Abbaye d’Auberive” (52160 Auberive, Haute-Marne).

The exhibit is called “Pêle-Mêle Ceux qu’on aime”, which is difficult to translate but best attempt would look like “Miscellaneous, Those we love”.

It is open to visitors from June 20th to september 20th 2020


The Osenat auction house, in Paris, is going to put up for sale the painting : “L’ambiguïté rose” (“Pink ambiguity”), 1987, oil on canvas, 162x130cm.
The artwork belongs to the period often reffered to as “Blue period” or “Romantic period” by specialists.
It was part of the collection of a french journalist-editorialist, founder and director of a weekly newspaper, who bought it in 1987 and kept it until he passed away in 2016.
The auction will take place on February the 29th at Fontainebleau.

1987, L'ambiguïté rose, 162x130cm - Ljuba popovic
1987, L’ambiguïté rose (“pink ambiguity”), 162x130cm – Ljuba popovic

New catalog edition

Ljuba Popovic’s retrospective exhibit, held in SANU Galery (Serb Academy of Sciences and Arts), having reached record visit numbers (more than 54 000 visitors in only 42 days), the first edition of the serbian version of the catalog sold out during the event. The organizers decided to re-print 300 more copies.
Reminding here that this 170 pages book contains two expert texts, one Ljuba interview, 50 color reproductions of paintings and a detailled biography of the artist with more than a hundred photographs.
The new editions, just like the first one, will be available for purchase at the galery for 1500 dinars.
The english and french versions are still available.

Ljuba – Michel Lancelot

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

Press kit broadly available

The exhibition’s press kit, despite being generally only available to journalists, is now available to the general public. It can be found on the website of the Academy :

Academy Website : link
Press Kit : link

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.

Billboards SANU exhibtion Ljuba Popovic
Image : extract of a billboard from the exhibit
Design : Branko Gavrić
Photo : Dušan Jovanović

Retrospective exhibition

The retrospective exhibit « LJUBA, 1934 – 2016 » will be held at the Serbian Science and Arts Academy,
from September 4th until October 20th 2019, in Belgrade, St Knez Mihajlova 35

Forty five artworks will be presented to the public, mainly bigger formats. Special attention will be given to the triptych “Hommage à Sir James George Frazer”, 1976-1978, 260x800cm

SANU exposition Ljuba

Major painting found

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.

La naissance d'un idiot, 1959, Ljuba Popovic