Aleksandar Srnec

  • Born 1924 in Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Died 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia

Aleksandar Srnec worked in a variety of media, including painting and kinetic sculpture. He first studied at the Akademija likovnih umjetnosti (Academy of Fine Arts) at the University of Zagreb from 1943 to 1949. After graduation, he worked with the architect Vjenceslav Richter (1917–2002) and fellow artist Ivan Picelj (1924–2011) to curate and design exhibitions of contemporary Yugoslavian art. In 1951, the three men, along with other architects and the painter and filmmaker Vladimir Kristl (1923–2004), founded the Experimental Atelier, or EXAT 51. Their manifesto protested the Communist preference for social realist art, arguing for abstraction as an instrument of social change. EXAT 51 sought to bring together art, architecture, and design to improve daily life. Out of EXAT 51 developed the Nove tendencije (New Tendencies) movement, which focused on kinetic and optical art. Srnec began to make kinetic sculptures in the 1950s, later adding light and highly polished metals into his work during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1999, he was awarded the Vladimir Nazor Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2008 he received an award from the Croatian Association of Artists. A retrospective of Srnec’s work was presented at the Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti (Museum of Contemporary Art), Zagreb, in 2010

Artworks by Aleksandar Srnec in the exhibition