Mangelos

Runic alphabet mutabor, m6, 43.5 x 34 x 3 cm, 1957-1963 thumbnail
Progress oder gleichgewicht, watercolor on cardboard, 24.6 x 20.2 cm, 1970  thumbnail
3.12.77, 36.5 x 42.5 x 3 cm, 1977 thumbnail
Negation de la peinture ix, m-5, tempera on printed paper, 23.7 x 16.7cm, 1951-1956 thumbnail
Glagolitic letter N, paper collage, 25 x 18 x 2 cm, 1970 thumbnail
Malraux naivno govori o imaginarnom istine, 27.5 x 37 x 3 cm, 1977 thumbnail
Comentar, tempera on printed paper, 27 x 21.7 cm, 1976  thumbnail
Alle mal, tempera on printed paper, 28.5 x 22 cm thumbnail
Documenta der uberreste der i murlizatio, tempera on printed paper, 28.2 x 22 cm thumbnail
Der spontane kunstlerische ausdruck im xx jh, tempera on printed paper, 27 x 21 cm thumbnail
Dokumenta nin 28.5.1978, tempera on printed paper, 30.5 x 22.5cm, 1978 thumbnail
Runic alphabet mutabor, m6, 43.5 x 34 x 3 cm, 1957-1963

Runic alphabet mutabor, m6, 43.5 x 34 x 3 cm, 1957-1963

Progress oder gleichgewicht, watercolor on cardboard, 24.6 x 20.2 cm, 1970

Progress oder gleichgewicht, watercolor on cardboard, 24.6 x 20.2 cm, 1970

3.12.77, 36.5 x 42.5 x 3 cm, 1977

3.12.77, 36.5 x 42.5 x 3 cm, 1977

Negation de la peinture ix, m-5, tempera on printed paper, 23.7 x 16.7cm, 1951-1956

Negation de la peinture ix, m-5, tempera on printed paper, 23.7 x 16.7cm, 1951-1956

Glagolitic letter N, paper collage, 25 x 18 x 2 cm, 1970

Glagolitic letter N, paper collage, 25 x 18 x 2 cm, 1970

Malraux naivno govori o imaginarnom istine, 27.5 x 37 x 3 cm, 1977

Malraux naivno govori o imaginarnom istine, 27.5 x 37 x 3 cm, 1977

Comentar, tempera on printed paper, 27 x 21.7 cm, 1976

Comentar, tempera on printed paper, 27 x 21.7 cm, 1976

Alle mal, tempera on printed paper, 28.5 x 22 cm

Alle mal, tempera on printed paper, 28.5 x 22 cm

Documenta der uberreste der i murlizatio, tempera on printed paper, 28.2 x 22 cm

Documenta der uberreste der i murlizatio, tempera on printed paper, 28.2 x 22 cm

Der spontane kunstlerische ausdruck im xx jh, tempera on printed paper, 27 x 21 cm

Der spontane kunstlerische ausdruck im xx jh, tempera on printed paper, 27 x 21 cm

Dokumenta nin 28.5.1978, tempera on printed paper, 30.5 x 22.5cm, 1978

Dokumenta nin 28.5.1978, tempera on printed paper, 30.5 x 22.5cm, 1978

Mangelos was born in 1921 in Sid, Serbia and died in 1987 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Dimitrije Bašičević was an art historian, a critic, a museum director but also an artist under the pseudonym Mangelos. During the World War II he produced his first artworks: “paysages de la mort” and “paysages de la guerre”. He used to draw a black square in one of his school notebooks each time he learned about the death of a relative or a friend. These black squares became blackboards to cover with notes – poems, thoughts, quotations linked to his theoretical work. In the 1950s he created several series of works (tabula rasa, alphabet, paysages, nostories, graphs, negation de la peinture, pythagoras) which he was later to repeat obsessively. These works/texts in various languages and alphabets resemble neat calligraphy on writing tablets, although different materials are used: wooden boards, paper, exercise books, books, globes. Bašičević assumed the name of Mangelos which he used for his »private experiment, called noart«.