Aleksandar Duravcevic (born in Montenegro, 1970) studied in Cetinje and Florence, Italy, and holds an MFA from the Pratt Institute, New York. His body of work includes sculptures, drawings, photography, and paintings. Through them he explores identity and duality – across cultures, within history, and between life and death.

Duravcevic received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2005, and his work has been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and MoMA PS1, New York. His work is part of the permanent collections at The Uffizi in Florence, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A native of Montenegro and its representative at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, he was included again as part of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 with the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostru.
Duravcevic lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

EDUCATION

1999 MFA Pratt Institute, New York
1993-1995 Scuola di Arte Grafica “IL Bisonte”, Florence, Italy
1992-1993 Academia di Bella Arte, Florence, Italy
1990-1992 University of Montenegro “Veljko Vlahović”, Faculty of Arts, Cetinje

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
TOTAH, New York, NY, EMPIRE

2019
TOTAH, New York, NY, YOUTH

2017
TOTAH, New York, NY, Steppenwolf
Ordovas, London, England, Memory Keeper

2015
56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2015, National Participation, Palazzo MaliPiero, Pavilion of Montenegro, Italy, Ti Ricordi Sjecas Li Se You Remember
R/E Projects, Madrid, Spain, Aleksandar Duravcevic: Selected Works

2014
Sala Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain, Aleksandar Duravcevic
Fundación Antonio Perez, Cuenca, Spain, Aleksandar Duravcevic
Petrovic Palace, Center of Contemporary Art, Montenegro, Dvorac Petrovica, Centar Savremene Umijetnosti, Montenegro, Aleksandar Duravcevic: Selected Works

2013
Armory show, solo project, New York, NY, Room No. 1 

2012
Galería Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain, Tell Me Yours I Will Tell You Mine
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany, Tell Me Yours I Will Tell You Mine

2010
Pulse Special Projects, New York, NY

2009
Museo AB 23, Contenitore per il contemporaneo, Vincenza, Italy, Welcome Home
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany, Restless
Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Aleksandar Duravcevic, and Dejan Kaludjerovic

2008
Kuslevova Kuca, Museum of City of Podgorica, Montenegro, Home Again

2007
Yvon Lambert Project Space, New York, NY

2001
Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR, Crossing Boundaries

2000
Julie Cencebaugh Contemporary, New York, NY, Drawings, Books and Portfolios

1999
Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR, Drawings and Prints

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
TOTAH, New York, NY, The Shadow

2019
58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2019, Complesso della Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti, Venice, Italy, Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum
Museo Riso, Palermo and Archeological Park of Selinunte and Cave di Cusa, Castelvetrano, Italy, Are You My Mother?
R/E Projects, Madrid, Spain, Between the lines

2017
König Galerie, Berlin, Germany, Chapter I: Three Positions, Six Direction. Chapter II: Door to the Future, Window to the Past

TOTAH, New York, NY, Group Exhibition

2016
TOTAH, New York, NY, Cosmic Connections 

2015
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Without Words (curated by Osvaldo Romberg)
Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ, THEOREM (curated by Octavio Zaya)

2014
KulturStiftung Foundation, Altana, Hamburg, Germany, Trees
Sarah Lawrence College, New York, NY, Politics of Drawings (curated by Philip Glahn)
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany, Mirror Mirror
Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Expanded Drawing 014

2012
Landrum Presents, London, England, Bacchanalia
Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Expanded Drawing 012
Galerie Stefan Röpke, New York, NY, Site/109

2011
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Ball
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany, Skin

2010
Museum fur Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland, The Light of the Crystal
Arario Gallery, New York, NY, Now Through a Glass Darkly

2009
Castle Gaasbeek, Brussels, Belgium, Dream World and the Castles in the Sky
Galería Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain, Oda a las cosas
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Light of the Sufis

2008
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany, Zwischen

2006
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Boston, MA, Proclamations of Mortality

2005
International Print Center, New York, NY, Spring Show (curated by Kiki Smith)
Rubbell-Schafler Galleries, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Drawing Now-Crossing Disciplines

2004
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Recent Acquisitions-Prints and Drawings
International Print Center, New York, NY, Winter Show: The Random and the Ordered

2003
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Vent’anni dell’incisione
International Print Center, New York, NY, Winter Show

2002
5+5 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Artist Books

2000
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Made in Brooklyn Books
Bridgewater, Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York, NY, Dealers Choice, “New Visions”
MoMA PS1, Queens, NY, Greater New York
Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy, Mostra Internazionale dell’incisione
Columbia University, New York, NY, Themes and Variations 1980-2000

1999
Bridgewater, Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York, NY, Century
New York Public Library, New York, NY, Seeing is Believing in the Age of Science
Galería Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia, Fusion
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Science, Staten Island, NY, Biennial Art Exhibition

1997
Nicolet College, Rheinlander, WI
Parchman Stremmel Galleries, San Antonio, TX
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island, NY

1996
Museo de Arte de la Universidad National de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia Galleria Il Bisonte, Florence, Italy

1995
Via Larga Gallery, Florence, Italy, Group Exhibition

1994
Via Larga Gallery, Florence, Italy, Group Exhibition

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020
Cochran, Sam. “Tour Designer Will Cooper’s Manhattan Home,” Architectural Digest, 11 September 2020.

2019
Mac Adam, Alfred. “Aleksandar Duravcevic: YOUTH,” The Brooklyn Rail, 17 October 2019.
“Aleksandar Duravcevic Chasing Rainbows: TOTAH Gallery.” Daily Plinth, 3 September 2019.
“Aleksandar Duravcevic YOUTH Must-See Shows List.” Artforum.com, 3 September 2019.
Vara, Giuseppina. “FINO AL 16.IX.2019 ARE YOU MY MOTHER? – MAPPE, MEMORIA E TERRITORIO PALERMO E SELINUNT.” Exibart, June 2019.

2017
Fowle, Alexandra. “Aleksandar Duravcevic: Steppenwolf.” The Brooklyn Rail, April 2017.

2016
Brunamonti, Filippo. “Sono un eremita felice, mi sento a casa solo nel mio atelier.” Il Sole 24 Ore. August 2016.

2015
“Es gibt keine Helden mehr: von Aleksandar Duravcevic.” Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, 2015.
Bui, Phong. “In Conversation: ALEKSANDAR DURAVCEVIC with Phong Bui.” The Brooklyn Rail, June 2015.
Kaplár, Tina. “Interview with Aleksandar Duravcevic: Montenegro at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale.” Art Guide East, June 2015.
Bria, Ginevra. “Biennale di Venezia. Il padiglione del Montenegro raccontato da Aleksandar Duravcevic.” Artribune, May 2015.
“Aleksandar Duravcevic Brings Fragments of Epic Violence to Venice Biennale’s Montenegro Pavilion.” Artnet News, May 2015.
Jerkov, Kristina. “Aleksandar ĐURAVČEVIĆ: Opasno je zaboraviti prošlost.” Analitika, February 2015.

2004
Figura, Starr. “The Random and the Ordered.” Artnet, January 2004.

2000
Kino, Carol. “The Emergent Factor.” Art in America, no. 7, July 2000.
Hirsch, Faye. “Working Proof.” Art on Paper. vol. IV, ‘5, 2000.

PUBLICATIONS

2020
Eagle, Alex. More Than Just a House: At Home with Collectors and Creators. Rizzoli, 2020.

2018
Petry, Michael (editor). The World is Art, New York: Thomas and Hudson Inc., 2018.

2015
Miranovic, Anastazija, Filardo, Daria, Glahn, Philip. Ti Recordi Sjecas Li Se You Remember (exhibition catalogue, 56th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia 2015). National Participation, Palazzo MaliPiero, Pavillion of Montenegro, Italy, 2015.

2014
Fuchs, Ina. Verzweigt: Bäume in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, (exhibition catalogue, 30 November 2014 – 22 Feburary 2015). Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg.
Glahn, Philip. A Politics of Drawing: Proposal for a Method of Transformation (exhibition catalogue: October 9th – November 6th, 2014). Barbara Walters Gallery (Sarah Lawrence College), 2014.
Bui, Phong, Nikčevic, Nataša, Prince Nikola Petrović Njegoš, Aleksandar Duravčević (exhibition catalogue). Dvorac Petrovića, Podgorica, November 2014.

2009
Portinari, Stefania. Aleksander Duravcevic (exhibition catalogue, 8 November – 6 December 2009). MUSEO AB 23, Contenitore per il contemporaneo, Vincenza, Italy, 2009.
Portinari, Stefania. Welcome Home. MUSEO AB 23, Contenitore per il contemporaneo, Vincenza, Italy, 2009.

2008
Vukicevic, Borislav. Zadnji izlaz za Brooklyn. Vijesti Podgorica, Montenegro.
Aleksandar Duracvevic. Ponovo Doma – Home Again, Kuslevoca Kuca Gallery Museum, Podgarcia, Montenegro, 2008.

2003
Hirsch, Faye. A legacy of Diversity: New Prints 2003/Winter. International Print Center, NY, 2003.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lirik Kabinett, Munich
Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York
The New York Public Library, New York
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
Columbia University, New York
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco
University of Iowa, Iowa City
Springfield Museum, Missouri
Smith College, Northampton
Harvard University, Cambridge

SELECTED AWARDS

2005   New York Foundation for the Arts
1999   Pratt Institute, Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graduate Fine Arts
1998   Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Artistic Achievement
1997   Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Award of Merit

Articles & Reviews

2020

“Aleksandar Duravcevic with Choghakate Kazarian,” The Brooklyn Rail, 1 December 2020.

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Cochran, Sam. “Tour Designer Will Cooper’s Manhattan Home,” Architectural Digest, 11 September 2020.

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2019

Mac Adam, Alfred. “Aleksandar Duravcevic: YOUTH,” The Brooklyn Rail, 17 October 2019.

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Behringer, David. “A Fog of Color: The Sculpture of Aleksandar Duravcevic,” Design Milk, 15 October 2019.
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“Aleksandar Duravcevic Chasing Rainbows: TOTAH Gallery.” Daily Plinth, 3 September 2019.

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“Aleksandar Duravcevic YOUTH Must-See Shows List.” Artforum.com, 3 September 2019.

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Vara, Giuseppina. “FINO AL 16.IX.2019 ARE YOU MY MOTHER? – MAPPE, MEMORIA E TERRITORIO PALERMO E SELINUNT.” Exibart, June 2019.

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2017

Fowle, Alexandra. “Aleksandar Duravcevic: Steppenwolf.” The Brooklyn Rail, 12 April 2017.

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2016

Brunamonti, Filippo. “Sono un eremita felice, mi sento a casa solo nel mio atelier.” Il Sole 24 Ore. August 2016.

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2015

“Es gibt keine Helden mehr: von Aleksandar Duravcevic.” Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, 2015.

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Bui, Phong. “In Conversation: ALEKSANDAR DURAVCEVIC with Phong Bui.” The Brooklyn Rail, June 2015.

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Kaplár, Tina. “Interview with Aleksandar Duravcevic: Montenegro at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale.” Art Guide East, June 2015.

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Bria, Ginevra. “Biennale di Venezia. Il padiglione del Montenegro raccontato da Aleksandar Duravcevic.” Artribune, May 2015.

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“Aleksandar Duravcevic Brings Fragments of Epic Violence to Venice Biennale’s Montenegro Pavilion.” Artnet News, May 2015.

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Jerkov, Kristina. “Aleksandar ĐURAVČEVIĆ: Opasno je zaboraviti prošlost.” Analitika, February 2015.

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2004

Figura, Starr. “The Random and the Ordered.” Artnet, January 2004.

View Website | Download PDF
2000

Kino, Carol. “The Emergent Factor.” Art in America, no. 7, July 2000.

Hirsch, Faye. “Working Proof.” Art on Paper. vol. IV, ‘5, 2000.

Publications

2015
Miranovic, Anastazija; Filardo, Daria; Glahn, Philip. Ti Recordi Sjecas Li Se You Remember, exhibition catalogue, 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2015, National Participation, Palazzo MaliPiero, Pavillion of Montenegro, Italy.
2014
Fuchs, Ina. Verzweigt: Bäume in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, exhibition catalogue, 30 November 2014 – 22 Feburary 2015, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg.
Glahn, Philip. A Politics of Drawing: Proposal for a Method of Transformation, exhibition catalogue: October 9th – November 6th, 2014. Barbara Walters Gallery (Sarah Lawrence College).
Bui, Phong; Nikčevic, Nataša; Prince Nikola Petrović Njegoš, Aleksandar Duravčević, exhibition catalogue, November 2014, Dvorac Petrovića, Podgorica.
2009
Portinari, Stefania. Aleksander Duravcevic, exhibition catalogue, 8 November – 6 December 2009, MUSEO AB 23, Contenitore per il contemporaneo, Vincenza, Italy.
Portinari, Stefania. Welcome Home. MUSEO AB 23, Contenitore per il contemporaneo, Vincenza, Italy.
2008
Vukicevic, Borislav. Zadnji izlaz za Brooklyn, Vijesti Podgorica, Montenegro.
Aleksandar Duracvevic. Ponovo Doma – Home Again, Kuslevoca Kuca Gallery Museum, Podgarcia, Montenegro.
2003
Hirsch, Faye. A legacy of Diversity:New Prints 2003/Winter. International Print Center, NY.