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Sculpture, Yugoslavian Modernism

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January 31st 1928, Strumica, Macedonia

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  • 1958 - Third and Fourth Award for conceptual design for Memorial in Jaijinci, Yugoslavia
  • 1959 - One of six identical awards on international competition for Monument to the Victims of Dachau, Germany First Award for sculpture, Salon 59, Rijeka, Croatia
  • 1960 - City of Zagreb Award, Croatia
  • 1961 - Premio Morgan's Paint, Rimini, Italy First Award for sculpture, First Triennale of Modern Sculpture, Beograd, Yugoslavia
  • 1962 - Fourth Award, National competition for Monument to Revolution in Slavonija, Kamensko, Croatia
  • 1963 - Second Award, IV Biennale, San Marino, Italy
  • 1965 - Gold Medal for artistic activity, Veruchio, Italy
  • 1968 - Second Award on the competition for Monument to Victims of Fascism in Podhum, Rijeka, Croatia First Award for Memorial Ossuary in Barletta, Italy
  • 1970 - First Award for Monument to Revolution, Kozara, Bosnia
  • 1974 - Second Award for design of Memorial Ossuary, Roma, Italy First Award for conceptual design for Memorial to Victory and Fallen Fighters, Sremski Front 944-45, Yugoslavia
  • 1977 - Rembrandt Prize, Goethe Stiftung zu Basel, Switzerland
  • 1980 - Second Award for conceptual design for Monument to Edvard Kardelj, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1982 - Second Award for National Competition for the Monument in Jajinci, Beograd, Yugoslavia
  • 1983 - Third Award, Terceiro Biennale der Europäischen Grafik, Baden-Baden, Germany 1986 Award of the Jury, Biennale of Original Drawing, Rijeka, Croatia
  • 1990 - Second Prize for the design of the Monument on Rhein - Main - Donau Kanal, Germany

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Dušan Džamonja was a contemporary Croatian sculptor of Macedonian ancestry. Džamonja draws primarily in chalk and uses the technique of washed ink. He has used many materials, from bronze and iron to wood, glass, concrete and polyester in his sculptures. "He developed new ways of using traditional materials; he reconciled the intractability of metal to the fluidity and animation of nature; and , without resorting to narrative, he imbued his architectural monuments with the sensation of human presence…" Jasia Reinchard

Education and Career

Džamonija began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1945 under the professors Vanja Radauš, Frano Kršinić and Antun Augustinčić. In 1951 he graduated in the master class of professor Antun Augunstincic. From 1951 to 1953 he worked in the Krsinic workshop. In 1954 he held his first solo exhibition in the Salon ULUH in Zagreb. In 1970, he began the construction of his house and workshop in Vrsar, Istria according to his own design.

Sculptures and Works

His works are in numerous public and private collections, museums and galleries in the country and abroad. His most notable works Park of Sculptures near Vrsar, Croatia, WW II Monument to the Revolution (1967) in Podgarić, Croatia. He has designed many monumental memorial complexes. These include: The Revolution Memorial in Podgarić, The Memorial Monument in Mrakovica, The Memorial Ossuary to the Fallen Yugoslav Soldiers of the First and Second World Wars in southern Italy, Barletta. As well he designed a number of monuments to the Partisans and victims of concentration camps, most notably the Memorial Ossuary at Barletta, near Ban (completed 1970) and the Monument to the Battle of Kozara (completed 1972).


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