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ANTUN AUGUSTINCIC Gallery, Klanjec, Croatia
Antun Augustincic was born in Klanjec on 4 May, 1900. In 1918, he started studying sculpture at the Zagreb College of Arts and Crafts, with Prof. Rudolf Valdec and Robert Franges as mentors.
After the college was turned into the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1922, he continued his studies under the guidance of Ivan Mestrovic. After his graduation in 1924, he received a scolarship from the French Government, and went to Paris to L'Ecole des Arts decoratifs and to L'Academie des Beaux-Arts, under the guidance of J. A. Injalbert. According to his own words, Donatello, Michelangelo and Bourdell were his "spiritual fathers" for a number of years. In 1925, he held an exhibition at the French Artists' Show-Room, while, in 1926, he exhibited at that of the Independent Artists.
Upon his return to Zagreb, he participated at graphic exhibitions held in Zagreb in 1926, and in Lawow and Zagreb in 1927. That same year, he had a one-man exhibition at the Galic Show-Room in Split. In 1929, he was one among the founders of The Earth group, and later on also its Vice-President. He had exhibitions with the group in 1929, 1931 and 1932 in Zagreb, and in 1931 in Paris. He parted company with the group in 1933. At the same time, his works were exhibited in Barcelona in 1929, and in London and Belgrade in 1930.
As of the 30's, he started intensifying his engagement in public monuments, started back in 1928. Taking part in and often winning public tenders for monuments throughout the world, he gained a reputation of a master of monuments, particularly those equestrian, finally bringing him to the status of the state sculptor. Thus, in 1940, he became a coresponding member of JAZU (the then Yugoslav Academy of Science and Art). In 1946, he became professor at the Visual Arts Academy, and later on also its chancellor. In 1947, he was appointed master sculptor. In 1949, he became a full JAZU member, in charge of the Sculpture Workshop.
In 1970, he donated all his works to his native Klanjec, where Antun Augustincic's Gallery was opened in 1976.
He died on 10 May, 1979 in Zagreb.
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