Biografija/Biography

Rođen 16. aprila 1952. godine u Beogradu gde je završio osnovnu školu ‘Braća Ribar’ (danas ‘Kralj Petar I’) i Prvu beogradsku gimnaziju. Na Filozofskom fakultetu Univerziteta u Beogradu diplomirao 1976. godine na grupi za Istoriju umetnosti – modernu umetnost kod profesora dr Lazara Trifunovića. Radio na Fakultetu primenjenih umetnosti kao bibliotekar (1980-1981), u Muzeju savremene umetnosti u Beogradu kao kustos galerija-legata, salona MSU i zbirke skulpture, istovremeno bio i šef Odeljenja umetničkih zbirki i izložbi (1981-2001), u Vladi republike Srbije bio u Ministarstvu kulture pomoćnik ministra za zaštitu kulturnih dobara a u Koordinacionom centru za Kosovo i Metohiju rukovodioc Sektora za očuvanje kulturne baštine (2001-2004). U RTS-u bio je Odgovorni urednik Kulturno-informativne redakcije na Trećem programu Radio Beograda (2004-2014). Direktor Muzeja savremene umetnosti u Beogradu 2014-2015. Od 2015. do 2017. kada je penzionisan bio je odgovorni urednik u RTS-u.

Istovremeno bio i konsultant za kulturu u Fondu za Otvoreno društvo, Beograd (1993-1994), urednik likovnog programa Centra za kulturnu dekontaminaciju, Beograd (1995-2000), ekspertski savetnik u Aukcijskoj kući Madl’Art, Beograd (od 2005-2012), lični umetnički konsultant Madlene Zepter (2012).

Angažovan kao saradnik UNHCHR (Kancelarija Ujedinjenih nacija Visokog komesarijata za ljudska prava) za progonjene umetnike (1999-2000). Član ekspertske mreže G17 PLUS (1999-2002) - program ‘Implementacija modela gradskih kulturnih politika’ (1999). Ko-sekretar Odbora za oslobađanje Ivana Stambolića (2000-2003).

Oblast interesovanja:

Moderna i savremena umetnost u njenim istorijskim pregledima i novim tumačenjima. Teorijski i kritički prikazi aktuelnog likovnog i vizuelnog stvaralaštva, posebno osvrti na slikarstvo, skulpturu i likovnu kritiku. Najviše se bavio stilskim kretanjima u postmodernizmu, poslednjoj deceniji prošlog i ovom veku.

Od devedesetih godina prošlog veka, a naročito posle 2000., izrazito je zainteresovan i za kulturnu politiku.

Objavio oko 2000 članaka, kritičkih osvrta, eseja, o modernom, savremenom i aktuelnom stvaralaštvu i njihovim protagonistima u brojnoj dnevnoj, nedeljnoj i mesečnoj periodici, kao i u specijalizovanim časopisima i elektronskim medijima.  Priredio oko 300 autorskih i drugih izložbi u Srbiji, bivšoj Jugoslaviji i inostranstvu.

Bio je osnivač i urednik brojnih stručnih časopisa: Sveske (Društva istoričara umetnosti Srbije), Beograd, Moment, Gornji Milanovac-Beograd, Vreme umetnosti (specijalizovani dodatak nedeljnika Vreme), Beograd, Treći program Radio Beograda, Beograd, Madl’Art (specijalizovani dodatak nedeljnika Evropa), Beograd, Magazi, (elek. izd.) Aukcijske kuće Madl’Art, Beograd, i dr. Od 2011. saradnik Vikipedije Srbija i English Wikipedia.

Prevođen na francuski, engleski, nemački, finski, norveški, grčki, italijanski, španski, portugalski, slovenački, makedonski i albanski jezik.

Pokretač i jedan od osnivača Nagrade ‘Lazar Trifunović’ za likovnu kritiku (1992)  i Nagrade ‘Mića Popović’ za angažovanu umetnost (1997).

Jedan od osnivača i član Kolegijuma Nacionalnog centra za fotografiju, Beograd, 1992.

Jugoslovenski selektor:
7. Internacionalna izložba male skulture, Budimpešta, 1987.
22. Bijenale u Sao Paolu, Sao Paolo, 1994.

Član Internacionalnog udruženje umetničkih kritičara – AICA od 1986.

Dobitnik Nagrade ’Lazar Trifunović’ za likovnu kritiku 2000.

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Jovan Despotovic was educated in The University of Belgrade, (Academic Degree in Art History 1976), SFR Yugoslavia, today Republic of Serbia. From 2001–2004, Despotović was the Deputy Minister of Culture for the Republic of Serbia. He was also director for the protection of cultural heritage at the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija.  He has been editor of the Cultural and Information Desk at Third Programme of Radio Belgrade and Radio-Television Serbia 2004-2014. Director of the  Museum of  Contemporary Art in Belgrade 2014-2015. Since 2015 till 2017 Editor in Chief on Serbian Broadcasting Corporation.  He’s retired now.

Despotovic is a well-known presence in Belgrade’s art and culture scene, which includes the Open Society Institute, Center for Cultural Decontamination and the Auction House Madl’Art. Prepared by 300 authors show in Serbia, former Yugoslavia and abroad.

He was the Yugoslav Commissioner at the 7th International Small Sculpture Exhibition in Budapest, 1987, and the 22nd Biennale in São Paulo in 1994.

Despotovic is an art historian with wide-ranging interests in contemporary and recent arts. He has published over 2,000 articles, critical reviews, and essays and is the founder and editor of numerous journals: Sveske (edition Association of Art Historians of Serbia), Vreme umetnosti (special supplement of the Vreme weekly), Treći program (edition Radio Belgrade), Moment. His work has been translated into French, English, German, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Greek,
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Macedonian and Albanian.

Published art criticism and articles since 1978. At the beginning of 1980s, together with a group of young Serbian artists in Belgrade:Milovan Destil Markovic, Vlasta Vulcano Mikic, Tahir Lusic, Nada Alavanja, Tafil Musovic, Mrdjan Bajic, Slobodan Trajkovic etc., as an art critic, Despotovic participated in the creation and development of New Wave in art and culture which opposed to traditional creativity in all areas – from visual arts to rock music, from theater to fashion and others. With numerous writings and art exhibitions Despotović contributed to this movement known as a New Image Painting (Nova Slika) to became very known in Serbia, former Yugoslavia and abroad.

Since the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century, Despotovic has been extremely interested in cultural policy, an active movement for political change and changes in arts and culture. The effort to establish a new, democratic order in the 1990s brought together many intellectuals, artists, NGOs, etc. For his contributions, Despotovic was named Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Culture during Zoran Djindjic’s term as Prime Minister. He made a lasting contribution to the renewal of institutions, ministerial staffing, legislation of cultural activities and increased international cooperation. A special area of interest for him was the advancement of contemporary artistic production and the institutions engaged in it. He has made a significant contribution to the protection of Serbia’s cultural heritage, especially in Kosovo following the arrival of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.

Winner of  ’Award Lazar Trifunović’ for fundamental work in art criticism and the text in the catalog, ‘En fin’, held at the Gallery of UNESCO, Paris, 1999, Belgrade, 2000.

Membership in International Association of Art Critics (AICA) since 1986.