Olé Dalí and Freudisms – Works by Dimitrije Popovic
Dimitrije Popovic is probably the most famous artist in Croatia. Born in Cetinje in Montenegro, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1976 and has been working in Zagreb since then. He is not only a great artist, but also a writer as well as a philosopher. He wrote many novels and scientific treatises on iconographic themes of art history.

Popovic's diversity began at a young age. Thanks to his father, he had already as a child access to many books, which should inspire him during his life. Thus, at the time, he was already producing anatomical drawings according to anatomy pictures in lexicons. In many of his works one can sense his extraordinary knowledge of the anatomy, which gives these works a special power. Popovic also discovered in books many famous works in history of art that were to shape him, such as the Isenheim altar by Matthias Grünewald, in which the portrayal of the Crucifixion, Entombment of Christ and the injured body of Jesus Christ touched him. As a young man, he also studied the Franz Kafka story "Die Verwandlung", in which the protagonist, Gregory Samsa, turned into a vermin. Not only does Samson's body change, but also his psyche. Metamorphoses (transformations) of every kind moved Popovic then as now, and many of his works of art are dedicated to this theme. Joint exhibitions in Paris (1978) as well as in Pforzheim (1984) with Salvador Dalí, as well as a longer stay in Paris in 1974, led him to a detailed research on the surrealist ideas with which he dealt intensively. Many of his works recall the best of Salvador Dalí.

The works of Popovic have already been exhibited in more than 60 individual exhibitions and more than 150 joint exhibitions, including Bari, Cetinje, Dubrovnik, Milan, Paris, Pforzheim, Rome and Zagreb. His works can be seen in many places as in museums, galleries and institutions, including Brussels, Cetinje, Düsseldorf, Milan, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Washington and Zagreb.

During his life he created mostly interesting cycles such as "Eros and Thanatos", "Hommage to Leonardo (da Vinci)", "Judith", "Homage to Dante", "Salome", "Magdalena", "Marilyn Monroe" "Olé Dalí", "Kafka" and lastly "Freudisms". The Liechtenstein National Museum is very fortunate to present two cycles of Popovic's works. Dealing with the real and surreal as well as the inexhaustible depth of the soul, "Olé Dalí" and his latest series to Sigmund Freud, "Freudisms". The possible deformations, changes, or transformations of man are particularly relevant here and underline Popovic's confrontation with the nonphysically comprehensible, but all the more important themes of death, love and psyche.


(The) Andalusian Dog, colour drawing 3 x 102 x 72 cm, 2004
© Dimitrije Popovic


Archimbold’s Mirror, mixed media 100 x 70 cm, 2004
© Dimitrije Popovic


Diana, Acrylic on wood, 70 x 100 cm, 2014
© Dimitrije Popovic


Metamorphosis of Pleasure, Acrylic on canvas, 2 x 100 x 80 cm, 2010
© Dimitrije Popovic