The Slovenia Times

Avgust Černigoj's prints on display in Nova Gorica


The exhibition, on display until February, focuses on works made between 1950s and 1970s, in which a woman figure is dominant.

Černigoj was born to a Slovenian family in Trieste, where he attended the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts. He continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and later on at the famous Bauhaus school of crafts and fine arts in Weimar.

At the latter Černigoj came into contact with the Russian avant-garde and constructivism as well as artists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Walter Gropius.

The artist, who is known for the above-mentioned avant-garde experiments in constructivism, introduced collage to Slovenian fine arts, while he was also active in book illustration, lithography, woodcuts and painting.

In the 1920s Černigoj moved back to Yugoslavia, where he met the avant-garde poet Srečko Kosovel, who is portrayed in one of Černigoj's best known works.

In 1924, he helped with the mounting of the first constructivist exhibition in Yugoslavia, while a year later he moved back to Trieste.

After WWII he worked as a professor at the Slovenian college in Trieste until retiring in 1970. He spent his last years in Kras and died in Sežana (SW).


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