Poesie der Stille

Zoran Mušic

This summer Leopold Museum offers more than just one blockbuster-exhibition: one each commemorating the 100th  anniversary of death of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, and one about the photographer Dora Kallmus aka Madame d´Ora. The tourists appreciate this a lot. But the quiet highlight and reason for a visit is the exhibition dedicated to the painter Zoran Mušic (1909-2005), „Poesie der Stille“.

As more or less usual the show spans from his early to his late work. In Zoran Mušic´s case, though, there has been an interruption: as an anti-fascist he has been deported to the concentration camp Dachau , from 1944 till the liberation. From this time some drawings are exhibited – dead bodies on little grey pieces of paper. There is nothing to say about them, there are no words for it. But one is wondering how it might be possible to go on after experiencing those nameless horrors, how it might be possible to paint again after seeing that. But Zoran Muši? fought himself back into painting. At first only in a restrained manner, but later on in a firework of colour and ornaments.

As his early abstract paintings might ressemble Paul Klee´s work a little bit, his later ones - in which he integrates more graphic elements – sometimes remind me of a modern version of Klimt´s landscapes. They are continuously painted in a very inwardly manner, the colours mutely glowing over earth tones, painted dryly on unprimed canvas, gleaming. (The photos below, I have to say, do not do these colours justice!)

In his pitliess 1970 cycle „Wir sind nicht die Letzten“ Zoran Mušic reworks his experiences and traumatas from Dachau, followed by fragile autoportraits of an aging body with dimming eyesight.

Well, this exhibition really got me.

Julia Maurer



Leopold Museum
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien




Header: Ausschnitt aus ZORAN MUŠIC, Schwarzer Gipfel (Weißer Berg), 1950 © Angel Surroca, Barcelona, Foto | Photo: Photo Gasull, Barcelona © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018

1: ZORAN MUŠIC, Ida, 1990 © Courtesy Galleria Torbandena, Triest | Trieste Foto | Photo: FotoRolli, Triest © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018

2: ZORAN MUŠIC, Pflanzenmotiv, 1972 © Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art, Neuchâtel, Schweiz Foto | Photo: Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art, Neuchâtel © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018

3: ZORAN MUŠIC, Dachau, 1945 © Lah Contemporary, Slovenia Foto | Photo: Lah Contemporary, Slovenia/Nada Žgank © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018

4: ZORAN MUŠIC, Stehender Akt, 1991 © Collection Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia, Lugano Foto | Photo: Roberto Pellegrini © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018

5: ZORAN MUŠIC, Selbstbildnis, 1990 © Albertina, Wien, Sammlung Essl | The Albertina Museum, Vienna, The Essl Collection Foto | Photo: Albertina, Wien. Sammlung Essl/Courtesy Galerie Jan Krugier, Genf © Bildrecht, Wien, 2018