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Miodrag Živković

(MEE-oh-drag ZHIV-koh-vich)

Birthplace: Leskovac, Serbia

Heritage: Serbian

Date born: 1928

Current residence: Belgrade, Serbia

Education: Academy of Applied Arts, Belgrade (graduated 1952)

(Миодраг Живковић)

Biography

Considered by many to be one of the greatest living Serbian sculptors, Miodrag Živković has distinguished himself during roughly six decades of artistic achievement. Born and raised in the small southern Serbian town of Leskovac, at the age of 16, Živković and his family moved to Belgrade directly after the liberation of Serbia from Axis forces. Having been inspired by art at a young age, Živković enrolled at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1946 to study sculpture after graduating from high school. Upon graduating in 1952, he entered compulsory military service, then, after complete this obligation, he began his tenure of teaching sculpture at several different schools across Serbia, all the while working on refining his personal sculptural style. Through the 1960s and 1970s, Živković received a number of prominent commissions from across Yugoslavia to design memorial sculptures to commemorate victims and events of the National Liberation War. These monuments are among his most famous and recognized works. His sculptural style in many of these monuments, and much of his other work, is characterized by sharp geometric abstract forms that act as as an elegant foil to the stunning beauty on which they are situated, appearing to almost burst forth or arise from within the landscape itself. In addition, these geometric shapes often hide mysterious peering gazes of stylized faces hidden within the angular abstractions. It is a distinctive and powerful style that lends itself to contemplation and reflection.

 

In addition to creating public sculptural pieces across the Yugoslav region, Živković has been commissioned to create works abroad. In the early 1970s, Živković spent several years in Chile where he organized the installation of several monuments he was commissioned to create. Then, in subsequent years, he also ventured to countries such as Italy, Nigeria, Egypt to install public sculptural works. In 2004, he was honorably awarded the 'Golden Ring' prize for a lifetime of contributions to art and culture in Serbia. Presently he resides in Belgrade, Serbia, where he continues to study and work within the medium of sculpture.

Works by this Designer:

This is a listing of a number of memorials, monuments, cultural centers and other notable Yugoslav-era civic works by Miodrag Živković. Those sites listed in the upper part of this section have profile pages, while those listed in the lower part do not yet have completed profile pages. This list also includes non-Yugoslav international projects that Živković created, as well his unrealized works for which models only exist. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to over time.

Yugoslav Works with profile pages:

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Kadinjača, SRB

Name: Monument to the Battle of Kadinjača

Year: addition completed in 1979

Kragujevac, SRB

Name: Interrupted Flight at Šumarice Park

Year: completed 1963

Priština, RKS

Name: Monument to Brotherhood & Unity

Year: completed in 1961

Name: Monument to the Battle of Sutjeska

Year: completed in 1971

Ostra, SRB

Name: Monument to Courage

Year: completed 1969

Name: Monument to Freedom

Year: completed in 1985

Yugoslav Works without profile pages:

New Belgrade, SRB

Name: Monument to WWII Pilots of Belgrade

Year: completed in 1994

Location: N44°49'43.8", E20°25'18.2"

Vodna, SRB

Name: Resava Mine Disaster Monument

Year: completed in 1985

Location: N44°06'07.0", E21°33'39.7"

Pirot, SRB

Name: Sculpture at Prvi Maj factory

Year: completed in 1978

Location: N43°09'58.3", E22°34'59.3"

Grahovo, ME

Name: Monument to Sava Kovačević

Year: completed 1987

Location: N42°39'03.3", E18°40'20.3"

Valjevo, SRB

Name: Monument to Milovan Glišić

Year: completed 1968

Location: N44°15'48.6", E19°53'36.5"

Belgrade, SRB

Name: Sculpture at Sports Center May 25th

Year: completed in 1977

Location: N44°49'50.6", E20°27'16.7"

Lazarevac, SRB

Name: Sculptural relief on Cultural Center

Year: completed 1977

Location: N44°22'53.7", E20°15'43.9"

Loznica, SRB

Name: Monument to Vuk Karadžić

Year: completed 1964

Location: N44°31'58.8", E19°13'20.2"

International Works without profile pages:

Gonars, Italy

Name: Gonars Concentraion Camp Mon.

Year: completed in 1973

Location: N45°54'03.5", E13°13'55.9"

Punta Arenas, Chile

Name: Monument to Yugoslav Immigrants

Year: completed 1970

Location: S53°08'45.3", W70°53'35.8"

Unrealized Memorial Projects:

This section contains a listing of design proposals for various memorial projects that were submitted to competitions for consideration, but were ultimately NOT the final proposals chosen by the selection juries for the memorial projects they were submitted for. Below each photo is detailed the monument project it was submitted for, as well as the year it was submitted in.

Ljubljana, SLO

Name: concept for Mon. to the Revolution

Year: prop. 1962, w/ S. Dragović & V. Fekete

Kamenska, HR

Name: concept for Slavonia Victory Mon.

Year: proposed 1962

Belgrade, SRB

Name: concept for Jajinci Memorial park

Year: proposed 1980