Josip Vaništa (Karlovac, May 17, 1924) is an artist, graphic designer, writer, academic and retired university professor. He lives and works in Zagreb. He attended school at Rakovcu and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Zagreb, where he graduated in 1950. His first exhibition was held in 1952 with Miljenko Stančić at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, which now has more than fifty monographic exhibitions dedicated to him. In 2013, the MSU Museum dedicated him a retrospective entitled Josip Vaništa: Abolition Of Retrospective. He was among the founders of the group Gorgona, active in Zagreb between 1959 and 1966. The group also included Julije Knifer, Đuro Seder, the sculptor Ivan Kozaric, critics Radoslav Putar, Matko Meštrović, Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos and the architect Miljenko Horvat. Every one of the artists of Gorgona maintained, developed and enjoyed full creative autonomy. Gorgona has supported various unconventional forms of artistic activity, mainly divided into three sections: the exhibitions at the Studio G (1961-1963, Schira Salon, Zagreb, Croatia), the publication of the anti-magazine "Gorgona" (1961-1966 each edition was a work of art in itself) and the creation of concepts, projects and various forms of artistic communication. Throughout Europe numerous monographic exhibitions have been dedicated to Vaništa, who is considered one of the most important Croatian artists.
In March 1991 the collector and publisher Francesco Conz, in collaboration with the Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti - MSU Zagreb, invited a few artists who had been part of Gorgona, the Croatian avant-garde group active between 1959 and 1966, to an…
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