In memoriam: Sculptor and academician Svetomir Arsić Basara passed away

Sculptor and writer, academician Svetomir Arsić Basara, passed away in Belgrade at the age of 96.

Basara taught at the Higher Pedagogical School and the Academy of Arts in Priština. He is the founder of the Art Colony in Dečani, and he initiated the establishment of the Club of Fine Artists of Kosovo and Metohija. Basara sculpted his first work, “Girl’s Head”, in 1950. He wrote studies on sculpture, art criticism and short stories.

It is recognizable by its monumental cycle of sculptures inspired by national history and its heroes. With his works, he immortalized not only the progenitors of the Serbian state and identity, such as Simeon Nemanja and Saint Sava, but also the archetypes of our forefathers, the knights as a paradigm of Serbian historical existence in the territory of Serbia. Basara entered the Serbian House of Science and Knowledge in 1995. At the Academy of Sciences last spring, he presented an autobiographical collection of stories, “Road to Dečani” (Put za Dečane).

Photo credits © Snežana Krstić, Ringier.


Serbian President expressed his condolences to the family highlighting the greatness of Svetomir Arsić, and his ability to combine the eternal and the earthly.

It is with deep sadness that we received the news of the death of one of the most important Serbian sculptors and artists of the second half of the 20th century, academician Svetomir Arsić Basara. Foster + Svensson sends its sincerest condolences to family, friends and admirers. We remain thankful for remarkable cultural and artistic impact, made as national long-lasting legacy. Rest in peace.

The funeral

The funeral of academician Svetomir Arsić Basara will be held on Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 in the Alley of Deserving Citizens at the New Cemetery in Belgrade, Serbia.


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