Jelena Stojković (BSR; Oxford Brookes)
Illumination (1967-1971) was a short-lived cross-cultural artistic collective that operated in Rome and was comprised of non-figurative painters: Abe Nobuya, Mira Brtka, Milena Čubraković, Marcia Hafif, Paolo Patelli and Aldo Schmid. They held their only show at L’Argentario gallery in Trento in June 1967, and dismantled following the sudden death of Abe, who was the group’s central figure.
This paper discusses the work of Illumination in relation to art historical and cultural factors of relevance, including their collective and individual interests and working methods. It charts the group’s specific positioning on Rome’s 1960s art scene and considers its importance within a transnational understanding of abstract art.
Jelena Stojković, PhD is an art historian and critic based in London. She is Lecturer in Photography with Critical Studies Specialism at the Oxford Brookes University and is the author of Surrealism and Photography in 1930s Japan: The Impossible Avant-Garde (Routledge, 2020).