OPEN AIR MUSEUM

IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF POLITICAL REPRESSIONS

The location of sculptural theme in the overall museum concept has not only a symbolic importance for the visitor. The ideational realism of the content is closely connected with very important stages of existence and human culture, thus "Family" (the name of the first sculpture) represents the realism of authentic feelings of each of us, and in this sense the sculptor puts the first "foundation stone” to visitors’ first impressions about the museum. This impression is produced also because visitors get to know the museum starting with the sculpture "Family".

Then, visitors will remember the next sculpture, which the author called “The Prayer". This sculpture is also carved in stone, and its sober expression of forms arouses a univocal perception of the act of prayer in the viewer. Without giving further details of the sculptural forms, the artist “renders" the human appearance of the force of experiencing a strong emotional feeling that can be understood as a prayer, or the lack of physical appearance represents the individuality of the act of prayer, raising it to the level of a prayer uttered by the crowd. It is obvious that the prayer encoded in stone is at the same time a disturbing anticipation through depersonalization of the one who prays, thus the human (the one praying) has no signs psychologising appearance, which raises the concept of prayer to a general human concept, that we perceive just as a prayer uttered by all. The artistic message can also be interpreted as a prayer of the last hopes in anticipation of an inevitable danger or disaster, which in fact will be clearly illustrated and exhibited by the following thematic sculpture.

"Parting" is a sculptural content, which "concludes” the ideational structure of the first module, and offers to visitors the opportunity further become acquainted with the historical reality illustrated in the second module. The nominated sculpture, the last one incorporated into the general sculptural concept of the first module, is an "opening" (after the module "household") to the tragic events that are historically represented throughout the visit to the museum. The sculpture is also it is carved in stone, and represents a man and a woman, both compositionally placed oppositely, being separated by the gate post of their home and household, thus the gate post at the entrance to their household represents a final physical presence that indicates parting, detachment from something essential for their freedom; - house, home, lifetime tradition. Staying with backs to each other, their hands are stretching behind them, but can not reach each other due to the gate post. The post, which cannot be embraced (by them), is the last hope of being together.


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