PICASSO’S BOY WITH A PIPE
Now in Belgrade, now and never more
“It takes a very long time to become young”
– Pablo Picasso
Author and performer: Branko Milisković
Time: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m, Sunday, 31st of May 2015
Performance “This is not a Boy with a Pipe”, basically came as an inspiration from early Picasso’s rose period painting “A Boy with a Pipe” painted in 1905. The oil on canvas painting depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand and wearing a garland or wreath of flowers. On May 5, 2004 the painting was sold for US$104 M at Sotheby’s in New York City. Sotheby’s did not name the buyer though sources say that it was Guido Barilla, owner of Barilla Group. At the time, it broke the record for the amount paid for an auctioned painting.
In this performance (tableau vivant) an artist ‘’borrows‘’ ‘a Boy with a Pipe’ and exhibits, allowing the audience to be able to see the art piece that has been literary stolen and hidden for private pleasure/business of some Italian magnate. In order to make the contra line he took a philosophical context of another famous painting by Rene Magritte which was entitled ‘ This is not a Pipe’. So fusing those two paintings / concepts he wanted to ask the question ‘Is this a Boy with a Pipe?’ This 3 hour-long living installation was firstly commissioned in 2012 for TROUBLE #8 performance festival at Les Halles theatre in Brussels. It was a part of the curatorial concept by Antoine Pickels entitled “The Great Gallery of Living Sculptures.”
At G12 HUB, after his very first solo exhibition entitled ATTENTION ! HERE I AM (2014) and his one man opera THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 LILI MARLENE) at La Comedie de Reims (2015), Branko Miliskovic will give a Serbian premiere of this performance which will last for 2 uninterrupted hours in a slow motion, giving an opportunity to Belgrade’s public to see it, here and now, here and never more.
Biography of the author:
Branko Miliskovic was born in 1982 in Belgrade/Serbia. Born in Former Yugoslavia he was the last generation of Marshall Tito’s Pioneers. In 1989 Yugoslavia broke up and he has started his primary school passing through the period of isolation, embargo, inflation and devastation of his country. After having completed the secondary school for Architecture, Miliskovic studied Polytechnic High School (Industrial Design) and Faculty of Fine Arts, class of Mrdjan Bajic, department of Sculpture in Belgrade/Serbia. In 2007 he has received the Dutch scholarship HSP Huygens and continued his Bachelor at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague/The Netherlands and obtained his degree in 2009. Miliskovic has earned his Master degree from Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, class of Jeanne Faust (2012). His work have been shown internationally such as at Reims Scenes d’Europe 2015 at La Comedie de Reims, Galerie Metropolis, Paris 2014, CSW/CoCA, Torun, G12 HUB, Belgrade, solo productions at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Les Halles, Brussels 2011-2014, Zeitraumexit, Mannheim 2013 etc. Miliskovic currently lives and works between Germany, France and Serbia and was also performing and exhibiting in Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Serbia, Israel, Russia, Poland, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands, Indonesia and USA.
Production of the performance:
Gallery 12 HUB and ArtElle
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
31 July 2015, 19-21h, THIS IS(NOT) A BOY WITH PIPE, G12 HUB, Belgrade, Serbia
Maus Hábitos – Espaço de intervenção Cultural, Porto, Portugal
8-11 October 2015, CABARET of an INTRUDER @PERFORM NOW, Winterthur (Zürich), Switzerland