Violence, repression, manipulation; the uncomfortable realities of contemporary life are exposed in Mihael Milunovic’s enticing creations.
Born in Belgrade in 1967, Milunovic grew up in an artistic family environment. Both his father and grandfather were well-known Serbian artists and his mother is a renowned Croatian sculptor. Milunovic’s early experiences playing in his parents’ studio, his interest in geography and machinery, or paintings by the likes of Titian, Velazquez or De Chirico would all have a lasting effect on his work.
Milunovic attended the Belgrade Faculty of Fine Arts, then the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, where he studied with visiting professors Marina Abramovic and Tony Brown, among others. Remarked, he became the Laureate of the Foundation RENOIR (worked and lived in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s atelier). He received a prestigious prize for painting from funds of Foundations Roux and Tronchet during a solemn session under dome of Academy of France in Paris, in November 2018.
His work encompasses a wide range of disciplines, from painting, drawing and photography through to large-scale sculptures and installations.
By decontextualising everyday objects, symbols or situations, Milunovic provokes unease in the observer, a blend of alienation and curiosity.
Since the mid 90s, Milunovic has participated in numerous exhibitions across Europe and held solo shows in France, UK, Italy and Morocco.
His works are featured in prestigious museum collections including MUMOK, Vienna; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Palazzo Forti, Verona; and Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint-Étienne, France.
He lives and works between Belgrade and Paris.
His works are present in the permanent collections of the MUMOK - Museum Ludwig in Vienna; Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne; The collection Moet & Chandon LVMH, France; The collection Siemens AG, Vienna; Sammlung Esterhazy, Eisenstaedt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; The Coleccion Solo, Madrid; The Collection Telenor, Oslo; The collection Renoir, France; The collection Maya Picasso, France; The collection Leube, Salzburg; The collection Palazzo Forti, Verona; The collection Azraq, Marrakech; The collection Barzai-Hollander, Brussels; The collection Wiener Städtische, Serbia; as well as in many other private and public art collections around the world.
Group shows: Ludwig Museum Vienna; The National Gallery of Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Saint-Etienne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; The Stedelijk Museum, Belgium; Esterhazy Foundation, Eisenstaedt; Musee d'Art Modeste, Sete; PAN Naples; The Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; The Biennials in Poznan and Valencia; Gebäude Secession, in Vienna, and others.
Individual exhibitions: Fondazione Mudima, Milan; Gallery Piece Unique, Paris; Guy Baertschi, Geneva; Georges Verney Carron, Lyon; Voice Gallery, Marrakech.