Mersard Berber. Grand Prix at the MTG'97

07.09.2000 - 08.10.2000

Berber's painiting and graphic oeuvre is impressing for its artistry and poetic reflection. Celebrated all over the world, the artist has created a visual idiom of Bosnia and Herzegovina's identity, at the same time rasing the question about a possible synthesis of elements of the East and West not only in a work of art but also, and abovae all, in the cultural code the part of Europe he comes from.

Prof. Witold Skulicz

Founder and President of International Print Triennial Society in Kraków. The Initatior of International Print Biennial and Triennial. For many years a Dean of Department of Graphic Arts and a Head of Graphic Project Studio at Academy of Fine Art in Kraków. Meritorious member of ZPAP.

The author of programmes promoting Polish print: Polish Eagles, Icon Data, The Best Diploma. The initiator and coeditor of electronic publication series Directory of Print – CD ROM, anthology of Polish Print Polish Print 1950–2000 Winners of International Exhibitions. The initiator of International Print Network Kraków – Vienna – Oldenburg. The theorist of contemporary print. An organizer and curator of hundreds of exhibitions. A juror of the most important print competition in the world, among others: Bradford, Yvaskyla, Frechen, Fredrikstad.

His works were presented at over 80 group exhibitions in Poland and abroad, and at over 20 individual exhibitions. He made prints and projects, designs, painted and draw. His works are in the collections of National Museum in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznan, Szczecin, Pratt Center in New York, Kunsthalle in Bremen, Oslo Municipal Library, Allende Museum in Havana. He made also a project of mosaic on the fronton of Bagatela Theatre in Kraków, former Wanda Cinema and Apollo Cinema in Kraków, in Cinema in Grabowo. He made also a bas-relief of the Mother of God in ceramics in Church of All Nations in Jerusalem.

Mersad Berber. Paintings and Prints

collective work

The publication presents the works of M. Berber, Grand Prix winner of the International Print Triennial in 1997. They represent a period of thirty years (1970–2000) which enables us to follow the progress of the artist's creative work. Mersad Berber continues the trends characteristic for his works but at the same time he surprises us with new methods. In his works the impressive craft joins the poetic reflection upon the past, and the ancient elements combine with Christian ones and also refer to Islam. The beauty of his pictures and the perfection of the artist's creation are highly appreciated by art critics and admired by the public.

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