Dado was born in 1933 and died in 2010. He created a fantastic universe, often close to childhood fairy tales, to denounce the atrocities of the 20th Century with a violence which sometimes is almost unbearable.
Under his real name, Miodrag Djuric, this artist, born in Montenegro, was exposed to his first artistic experiences within a baroque atmosphere in cities in Slovenia and Montenegro within the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. His work combines the excesses and outbursts of the Baroque period, and a latent morbidity, which captures the spectator in an unending fascination.
Working at first as a surrealist, he was introduced to the Parisian art scene by the gallery owner Daniel Cordier in the late 1950’s. Early in the 1960’s his nightmarish iconographic universe took its source in the souvenirs of massacres and atrocities he witnessed as a child in his native land during the Second World War. In his imagination, these souvenirs mix with the his apprehensions concerning the destructive power of nuclear weapons, and give rise to images and specters which remind us of Bosch, Bruegel or Goya. With Dado, the horror of the world finds its expression in a direct and undisguised manner. His silhouettes and his monstrous figures in stone represent a world after the catastrophe. Bathed in the most delicate colors they show a universe in decomposition where the mineral mutates imperceptibly into organic creatures, where life and death are undifferentiated. It is a universe in constant metamorphosis where certitudes are impossible.
The fantastic worlds in his paintings during the 1960’s are relentless, leaving no escape for the observer. The violence, the fear and a quasi-morbid embodiment increases in intensity until becoming almost physically painful, imprisoning, fascinating and aggressing the visitor all at once. The unfathomable depth of his imagination – reflecting both souvenirs and projections of the future – are expressed in a much diversified manner in his work, whether it be paintings, three-dimensional works, collages, or etchings. Over half a century, Dado was able to capture from his fears and obsessions images which were forever renewed. His paintings and objects scare and attract simultaneously, while his collages and torn and repainted papers emit an unexpected, almost juvenal, creative freshness.
Dado is among the major representatives of imaginative art, whose roots can be found in the distant past.
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1958 « Peinture », Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris
1970 « Rétrospective », Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris
1975 « Oeuvres sélectionnées », Galerie Isy Brachot, Bruxelles
1981 « Dessins et collages », Centre Pompidou, Paris
1991 « Création d'un musée Dado », Cetinje, Monténégro
1995 Première exposition personnelle à la galerie Alain Margaron qui l’expose ensuite régulièrement
1996 « La méchante petite fille », Galerie Beaubourg, Paris
2002 « La Chapelle Saint-Luc », Edition d'un catalogue à la Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2011 « Salle en hommage à Dado », Centre Pompidou, Paris
2011 « Salle en hommage à Dado », Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
2011 « Hommage à Miodrag Djuric, DADO », Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
2011 « Hommage à Dado », Musée régional d'art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
2012 « Dado. Danse macabre », Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf
2019 « Dado au XXIe siècle», Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
1972 « 60/72, 12 ans d'art contemporain en France », Grand Palais, Paris
1989 « Donations Daniel Cordier. Le regard d'un amateur », Centre Pompidou, Paris
1997 « Exposition Made in France 1947-1997, 50 ans de création en France », Centre Pompidou, Paris
2002 « Dado-Réquichot, la Guerre des nerfs », Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse
2007 « Dado-Dubuffet », Musée régional d'art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
2015 « Dado, Horama, rétrospective », Abbaye d'Auberive, Auberive
2020 « Galeries du XXe siècle », Centre Pompidou, Paris