Vladimir Velickovic

Vladimir Velickovic was born on August 11, 1935, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he exhibited for the first time in 1951. In 1960, he graduated from the Belgrade School of Architecture. His first solo exhibition was hosted by the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

In 1965, he won the Prix de la Biennale de Paris. He moved to Paris the following year, and continues to live and work there to this day.

Velickovic had his first solo exhibition in Paris at the Galerie du Dragon in 1967.

In 1983, he was appointed professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, a position he held for 18 years.

In 2009, he established a fund to support young Serb artists, the Fonds Vladimir Velickovic pour le dessin.

Velickovic holds the following honorary titles:

Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France
Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Knight of the Légion d’Honneur.

“The basic elements of a painting are rooted somewhere deep inside ourselves. In our temperament and vision of events; in the baggage we inherit from childhood; in history itself, senseless (and cruel) as it is, and which, in spite of us, is a part of our everyday experience. A history that we make and that makes us. The reality of violence—violent reality—was always a kind of twofold imposition for me. It wasn’t me who chose it, at least I don’t think so. Violence was already there, present, heavy, and terrifying, in combat gear, in a state of war and in the aftermath of war, dense with bursts of machine gun fire and the outpouring of commands. I belong to a generation that played with violence (and in its shadow), that grew up without anything changing much, and that continues to live within view of this monstrosity. We wake up with it, we go to bed with it. Can we reject it, not see it, be indifferent to it? It gets under the skin; it’s there, resilient, always renewed, not especially imaginative—a real pain, to tell the truth.

What to do? Address it, live with it; in any case, there’s no getting away from it. […] Alain Jouffroy says: “Behind every picture, there is a real war.” I am immersed in that war—a war that continues from picture to picture. It concerns me, it’s part of my everyday life. I don’t try to run from it. […] Maybe it’s a question of engagement?”

Vladimir Velickovic in Velickovic, Éditions Autrement, 1983 [translation]

“When we fled Belgrade under bombing, I was six years old. I probably wasn’t aware of what I was seeing, but the scene in fact engraved itself deep in my memory and I took it away with me. Along with a few others, it has stayed with me to this day, surprisingly sharp and clear. This image, these images of war were of course reproduced in the media of the time, and then in the history books. My memories have been continually reactivated by these publications. Though I’ve never subjected myself to analysis, doing so might shed light on the reasons for my commitment as an artist to this tragic path that is mine. The ever-renewed instant of the tragedy of existence, that is to say, of aggression and violence, of the destruction that results from everything man inflicts on man, is surely not unrelated to these seen images, […] these first images. The basis of all my work is this subjective memory, set alongside real aberrations and the potential ones that, unfortunately, every day threaten the future.”

Excerpt from interviews with Evelyne Artaud, L’atelier de Velickovic, Thalia Édition, 2010 [translation]

Selected exhibitions

1963 Belgrade – Museum of Contemporary Art

Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo Biennial

1964 Ljubljana – Mala Galerjia

1965 Brussels – Galerie Defacqz

Athens – Galerie Zygos

1967 Paris – Galerie du Dragon

1969 Belgrade – Museum of Contemporary Art

Zagreb – City Gallery of Contemporary Art

Rijeka – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

1970 Paris – Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris

Amsterdam – Galerie Jalmar

1971 Milan – Galleria Vinciana

Rome – Galleria Giulia

Bologna – Galleria Forni

Bolzano-Galleria d’Arte Goethe

1972 Milan – Galleria Eidos

Venice – XXXV Bienniale di Venezia

Trieste – Galleria Cartesius

1973 Paris – Galerie du Dragon

Paris – Galerie Hervé Odermatt

Ghent – Galerie Richard Foncke

1974 Amsterdam – T – Galerie

Bologna – Galleria Forni

Turin – Galleria Documenta

Krakow – Pryzmat Art Gallery

Düsseldorf – Galerie Futura

1975 Stockholm – Gallerie Futura

1976 Seville – Galeria Juana de Aizpuru

Lund – Lund Konsthall

Goteborg – Konsthall

Rijeka – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Stockholm – Kulturhuset

1977 Paris – Galerie Hervé Odermatt

Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo Biennial

1979 Zagreb – Zagreb Gallery

Brussels – Galerie Miroir d’encre

Barcelona – Galerie Cientro

1980 Geneva – Galerie Jan Krugier

Sarajevo – Collegium Artisticum

Ljubljana – Mala Galerjia

1981 Oslo – Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter

Brussels – Galerie Charles Kriwin

1982 Caracas – Museo de Bellas Artes

Aix-en-Provence – Présence Contemporaine

Monte Carlo- Galerie Le Point

1983 Paris – Galerie de France

1984 Helsinki – Galerie Kaj Forsblom

Geneva – Galerie Pierre Hubert

Kruishoutem – Fondation Veranneman

Utrecht – Musée de Hedendagse Kunst

1986 Brussels – Galerie Miroir d’encre

Belgrade – Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

1987 Paris – Galerie Patrice Trigano

Monte Carlo- Galerie Le Point

London – Birch & Conran Fine Art

Bologna – Galleria Forni

1988 Zagreb – Art Pavilion

Geneva – Galerie Kara

Tilly sur Seulles – Abbaye de Mondaye

1989 Athens – Galerie Artio

Helsinki – Galerie Kaj Forsblom

Los Angeles – Mayer-Schwartz Gallery

Brussels – Galerie Miroir d’encre

1990 Paris – Galerie Patrice Trigano

1991 Aosta – Centro Saint-Benin

Paris – Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

1992 Caracas – Minotaure Gallery

Paris – Galerie Enrico Navarra

Brussels – Galerie Miroir d’encre

1993 Geneva – Galerie Guy Bartschi

1995 Lille – Galerie Frédéric Storm

1996 Thessaloniki – State Museum of Contemporary Art

1997 Athens – National Gallery

Geneva – Galerie Guy Bârtschi

1999 Luxembourg – Galerie Lucien Schweitzer

Venice – Galleria Traghetto

Paris – Fondation Coprim

2000 Paris – Galerie Marwan Hoss

2001 Athens – Ekfrasi Gallery

2002 Belgrade – Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Bologna – Galleria Forni

2003 London – Marlborough Fine Art

Toulouse – Galerie Le Garage

Luxembourg – Galerie Lucien Schweitzer

Paris – Galerie Marwan Hoss

Lisbon – Galeria Antonio Prates

L’Echelle (Ardenne) – Centre d’art et de littérature

Chauray (Deux-Sèvres) – Le Temple

2004 Athens – Ekfrasi Gallery

Lyon – Galerie Confluence(s)

Moscow – M’ARS Modern Art Center

2005 Montélimar – Musée Ephémère

Juaye-Mondaye, Abbaye de Saint-Martin-de-Mondaye

Reggio Emilia, Castello di Arceto

Reggio Emilia, Palazzo dei Principi

2006 Paris – Galerie Sellem

Rouen – Galerie Daniel Duchoze

Marseille – Galerie Anna Tschopp

Anglet – Villa Beatrix Enea and Galerie Georges-Pompidou

Paris – Galerie la Hune Brenner

2007 Nancy – Galerie Lillebonne

Le Creusot – L’Arc Scène Nationale

Lille – Galerie Frédéric Stormel

Lyon – Galerie anne-marie et roland pallade

2008 Lisbon – Galerie Antonio Prates

Vienna – Galerie Ernst Hilger

Luxembourg – Galerie Lucien Schweitzer

Strasbourg – Galerie Nicole Buck

Paris – Galerie Samantha Sellem

2009 Rouen – Galerie Daniel Duchoze

Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, Maison Elsa Triolet Louis Aragon

Athens – Ekfrasi Gallery

Belgrade – Arte Galerija

Paris – Art Paris-Galerie Lucien Schweitzer

2010 Paris – Drawing Now Paris

Paris – Galerie Samantha Sellem

Brussels – Art on paper

Montélimar – Musée Ephémère

Eysines – Centre d’Art contemporain

Lyon – Galerie anne-marie et roland pallade

Opatija – Galeria Juraj Sporer

Kragujevac – Gallery Rima

2011 Ankara – Galeri Nev

Bordeaux – Galerie DX.

Marseille – Galerie Anna Tschopp

Brussels – Salon d’Art

Paris – Galerie Samantha Sellem (with Dado)

Toulouse – Les Abattoirs, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain

2012 Havana – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Slovengradec – Moderna Galerija

Split – Palazzo Millesi

2013 Marseille – Galerie Ana Tschopp

Belgrade – Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Belgrade – Musée Zepter.

Colmar – Centre d’Art Contemporain André Malraux

Rijeka – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Varna – International Print Biennial

2014 Val d’Isère – Galerie Jane Griffiths

Strasbourg – Galerie Nicole Buck.

Lyon – Galerie anne-marie et roland pallade

Kragujevac – Galerie Rima

Museums and public collections

Amsterdam – Stedelijk Museum

Aoste – Pinacothèque régionale du val d’Aoste

Arles – Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

Athens – National Gallery

Athens – Frissiras Museum

Belgrade – Museum of Contemporary Art

Belgrade – National Museum

Belgrade – Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Bochum – Kunstammlug

Bologna – Museo Civico

Bratislava – Slovenska Narodni Galerie

Bratislava – National Museum

Brescia – Galerie d’Art Moderne

Brussels – Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Caracas – Museo de Bellas Artes

Châteauroux – Musée Bernard

Chicago – Institute of Contemporary Art

Colmar – Musée d’Interlinden

Copenhagen – Royal Museum of Fine Art

Cordoba – Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes

Dresden – Stadtliche Kunstsammlung

Dunkirk – Musée d’Art contemporain

Graz – Neure Galerie am Landesmuseum Johanneum

Hannover – Landesmuseum

Helsinki – Atheneum Art Museum

Humlebaek – Louisiana Museum

Lausanne – Musée cantonal des Beaux – Arts

Lille – Centre d’Art Contemporain

Lille – Centre d’Art sacré Contemporain

Ljubljana – Museum of Modern Art

Lodz – Museum Sztucki

London – Tate Gallery

Los Angeles – Lannan Foundation

Malmö – Konsthall

Marseille – Musée Cantini

Munich – Stadt Opera

Nîmes – Musée d’Art Moderne

New York – Museum of Modern Art

Oslo – Astrup Fearnley Museet

Oslo – Henie – Onstad Foundation

Oslo – Galerie Nationale

Paris – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou

Paris – Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville

Paris – Bibliothèque Nationale

Paris – Fondation Pfizer

Paris – Ecole des Beaux-Arts, cabinet du dessin

Paris – Musée de l’Histoire Contemporaine

Péronne – Historial de la Grande Guerre

Rijeka – Museum of Modern Art

Rio de Janeiro – Museo de Arte Moderno

Rotterdam – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Saint-Paul-de-Vence – Fondation Maeght

Skopje – Museum of Modern Art

Santiago de Chile – Museo de Arte Moderno

Strasbourg – Musée d’Art Moderne

Tampere – Sara Hilden Foundation

Teheran – Museum of Contemporary Art

Thessaloniki- State Museum of Contemporary Art

Toulon – Musée des Beaux-Arts

Trondheim – Fast Gallery

Turku – Matti Koivurinnen Taidemuseo

Turku – Taidemuseo

Utrecht – Hedendaagse Kunst

Venice – Museo d’Arte Moderno Ca’Pesaro

Valencia – Fondation Martinez Guerricabeitia

Vitry – Musée d’Art Contemporain

Washington – Library of Congress

Yagamata – Museum Kennristu

Zagreb – Museum of Contemporary Art


Vladimir Velickovic – Jean-Louis Ferrier, ed., Editions Belfond, Paris. 1976

Vladimir Velickovic – essai sur le symbolisme artistique, Marc Le Bot, 1979, Paris, Editions Galilée, Paris. 1979

Velickovic – Textes d’Alain Guthrac, Alin Avila and Vladimir Velickovic, Autrement/Art, Paris, 1983

Atelier/Dessins de Vladimir Velickovic, Alin Avila, with photographs by Claude Bricage, Area, Paris. 1986

Vladimir Velickovic – Homme de Muybridge – 24 variations, Area, Paris. 1987

Vladimir Velickovic – l’épouvante et le vent, André Velter, Fata Morgana, Montpellier. 1987

Vladimir Velickovic – Michel Bohbot, Editions Enrico Navarra, Paris. 1990

Vladimir Velickovic – Marcellin Playnet, Editions Enrico Navarra, Paris. 1991

Vladimir Velickovic, Dessins et œuvres sur papier 1980-1997, Alain Jouffroy, Editions Acatos, Paris/Lausanne. 1996

Vladimir Velickovic – Mouvements, Théodore Blaise, Area, Paris. 1998

Vladimir Velickovic – Arbre sec, André Velter, Area, Paris. 1998

Vladimir Velickovic – Dessins et œuvres sur papier 1980-1997, Alain Jouffroy, Editions Acatos, Paris/Lausanne. 1998

Vladimir Velickovic – Carnet, André Velter, Editions la main parle, Paris. 2000

Vladimir Velickovic – Splendeur de la catastrophe

Vladimir Velickovic – Symbole et Suggestion l’univers des symboles et les symboles de l’univers dans la peinture de Vladimir Velickovic, Slobodan Lazarevic, Editions Astimbo, Beograd. 2003

Vladimir Velickovic – Karton, Michel Onfray, Editions Thalia, Paris. 2007

Vladimir Velickovic – Composition créative, Slobodan Lazarevic, Editions Rima, Kragujevac. 2010

Vladimir Velickovic – L’Atelier, Evelyne Artaud, with photographs by Zarko Vijatovic. Editions Thalia, Paris. 2010

Vladimir Velickovic – Composition créative, Slobodan Lazarevic, Editions Rima, Belgrade. 2010

Vladimir Velickovic – Les Versants du Silence, Alain Mousseigne, Pierre Daix, Amélie Adamo, and Michel Onfray, Editions Les Abattoirs, Liénart Toulouse/Paris. 2011

Vladimir Velickovic – Métamorphose du Sacré, Amélie Adamo, Editions Galilée, Paris. 2011

Vladimir Velickovic – Peintures 1954 – 2013, Bernard Noêl and Alin Avila, Editions Gourcuff/Gradenigo – Galerie Samantha Sellem, Paris. 2013

Vladimir Velickovic – Trait, Avila, Editions Timeless, Toulouse. 2013

Vladimir Velickovic – Dessins 1955 – 1965, Alain Jouffroy, Editions Rima, Kragujevac. 2014