EXHIBITION: IVAN ANTIĆ – ARCHITECTONIC
Authors: Dijana Milašinović Marić and Igor Marić
The comprehensive range of his works, which earned him numerous awards, includes a large number of realized and designed masterpieces of Serbian architecture, such as: The Museum of Contemporary Art at Ušće, the Museum in Šumarice (with I. Raspopović), the “25 maj” Sports Centre, the “Pinki” Sports Hall in Zemun, the Olympic swimming pool at Poljud in Split, the Dom pionira complex, together with the Radio Television Belgrade building and the Duško Radović Theatre in Belgrade, the “Breza” Hotel in Vrnjačka Banja, the “Narvik” Hotel in Kikinda and the Hyatt Hotel in Novi Beograd, the Secretariat of Interior building in Guberevac, the Politika House in Krupanj, etc., all of them being purposeful and aestheticized architectural forms, practically the sublimation of the objectification of content-related and constructive requirements.
Although Antić’s works are mostly set within the framework of a rationalist concept, which, in essence, is experienced as a perfect harmony between the characteristics of his versatile personality and modern architectural expression, his powerful and expressive work includes various interests manifesting themselves not as phases, but as trends or repetitive and mutually intertwining architectural fascinations. The basic thread that we follow is an apparently rational and pragmatic approach, which stems from a firm stand on the utilitarian nature of architecture, its geometry and basic structure, after which one perceives an interest in regional research and the application of the experience of folklore architecture in modern construction. He was also intrigued by the technical potentials of mastering space and large distances, up to the level of reaching almost expressive architectural forms through a visible implementation of the structure. In addition to the aforesaid, Antić paid continuous attention to the context and lines of sight. He was capable of mentally experiencing the character of space and had an inborn feeling for the right proportion and for a harmonious, discreet composition. His rational nature was deeply rooted in an essential knowledge and understanding of architecture and was also founded on his utter devotion to a building, to which he dedicated his whole life. The aforesaid architectural topics occupied the minds of other great modernist architects as well, such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright or Kenzo Tange, the most significant works of architect Ivan Antić being on an equal footing with their works.