Designers & Creators Directory
Birthplace: Leskovac, Serbia
Date born: 1928
Date deceased: July 31st, 2020
Current residence: Belgrade, Serbia
Education: Academy of Applied Arts, Belgrade (graduated 1952)
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 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. During the 2000s, Živković continued to work on creating sculptures at his studio in Belgrade, as well as taking commissions for religious sculptures and new memorial sculptural projects in Serbia and in the Republic of Srpska for the events of the 1990s wars. Živković passed away in Belgrade at the age of 93 on July 31st, 2020.
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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Name: Monument to the Battle of Kadinjača
Year: addition completed in 1979
Name: Interrupted Flight at Šumarice Park
Year: completed 1963, w/ Đorđe Zloković
Name: Monument to Brotherhood & Unity
Year: completed in 1961
Name: Monument to the Battle of Sutjeska
Year: completed in 1971, w/ Đorđe Zloković
Name: Monument to Courage
Year: completed 1969, w/ Đorđe Zloković, et. al
Name: Monument to Freedom
Year: completed in 1985, w/ Đorđe Zloković
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"
Name: Resava Mine Disaster Monument
Year: completed in 1985
Location: N44°06'07.0", E21°33'39.7"
Name: Sculpture at Prvi Maj factory
Year: completed in 1978
Location: N43°09'58.3", E22°34'59.3"
Name: Monument to Fallen Fighters
Year: completed in 1953
Location: N42°41'29.2", E22°10'37.4"
Name: Monument to Sava Kovačević
Year: completed 1987
Location: N42°39'03.3", E18°40'20.3"
Name: Monument to Milovan Glišić
Year: completed 1968, w/ Puteš Ajdin
Location: N44°15'48.6", E19°53'36.5"
Name: Sculpture at Sports Center May 25th
Year: completed in 1975
Location: N44°49'50.6", E20°27'16.7"
Name: Krajputaš Monument
Year: completed in 1960
Name: Sculptural relief on Cultural Center
Year: completed 1977, w/ Mihajlo Mitrović
Location: N44°22'53.7", E20°15'43.9"
Name: Monument to Vuk Karadžić
Year: completed 1964, w/ Puteš Ajdin
Location: N44°31'58.8", E19°13'20.2"
Vrnjačka Banja, SRB
Name: Fountain & relief at 'Izvor Jezero'
Year: completed 1989, w/ Mihajlo Mitrović
Location: N43°36'50.5", E20°53'26.4"
Name: Monument to Žikica Jovanović Španac
Year: completed 1987
Location: N44°16'08.9", E19°53'12.3"
International Works without profile pages:
Name: Gonars Concentraion Camp Mon.
Year: completed in 1973
Location: N45°54'03.5", E13°13'55.9"
Name: Relief at Convention Center
Year: completed in 1977
Punta Arenas, Chile
Name: Monument to Yugoslav Immigrants
Year: completed 1970, w/ Đorđe Zloković
Location: S53°08'45.3", W70°53'35.8"
Name: Monument to Yugoslav Victims
Year: completed 1984
Location: N48°08'39.9", E16°26'13.1"
Puntas Arenas, Chile
Name: The Protest Monument
Year: completed 1970, w/ Ladislav Fekete
Location: S53°08'53.4", W70°53'42.3"
El Shatt, Egypt
Name: "Mother" at Croatian Mem. Cemetery
Year: completed 1985
Location: N30°02'10.3", N32°36'47.7"
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.
Name: concept for Mon. to the Revolution
Year: prop. 1962, w/ S. Dragović & V. Fekete
Name: concept for Slavonia Victory Mon.
Year: proposed 1962
Name: concept for Jajinci Memorial park
Year: proposed 1980
Name: concept for Batina Spomen-Dom
Year: proposed in 1976, w/ Aleks. Đokić
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