Lena Nikcevic is a visual artist from Montenegro and a naturalized French citizen.

 

She was born in 1977 in Podgorica, to a Macedonian mother and Serbo-Montenegrin father. Her childhood took place against the backdrop of the diverse and beautiful landscape of ex-Yugoslavia.

 

After the overthrow and dissolution of her country she decided, after studying at the Academy of Fine Art in Cetinje, to move to France. She graduated in 2001 and received her MA in 2003 at the High School of Fine Arts in Tours (DNSEP of ESBA-TALM Tours).

In 2006 she met Annie Catelas and her husband Xavier, leader of CLEN, who allowed her to use their disused factory in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps as a workshop. There began the project of Ateliers de la Morinerie with its first part Le Bled. Her engagement in the adventure of the birth and development of this creative space and also the opportunity to work in it, meant that Lena stayed a long time in Touraine.

In 2017 she decided to move with her family back to Montenegro. With her husband, mosaic-artist Julian Modica Helmschrott, they spent nine months in artist residency in Stari Bar. After this experience, they move with their two sons to Munich where they took up a workshop run by the city at DomagkAteliers.

She has been living and working in the area since then.

Marrying sculpture, painting and etching, this talented artist sheds lights on the dialogue between a work of art and its place of installation. She thus elaborates both an architectural thought and social vision of art. All the time questioning us on the place of things, her work is a sensitive imprint on our world. Her work is part of numerous private collections and some public collections, including that of the City of Tours.

She has also started to work in illustration and has just published her first book for children and adults There will be days (Il y aura des Jours), text Elisabeth Coudol, edition l’Elan Vert.

Solo exhibitions, selection

 

2018

IN-BETWEEN, with Julian Modica Helmschrott, Contemporary Art Centre, Dvorac Petrovića, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog online

2017

ONE MAN'S LAND, Contemporary Art Centre L'Annexe, Saint-Avertin, France

IN-UTILE, Campus, Jouée-lès-Tours, France

 

2016

FROM HERE TO THERE, Château de Cangé, Saint-Avertin, France

TRANS-APPARENCES, with Hélène Stefanica, Festival Bruissements d'Elles, Médiathèque de la Riche, France

 

2015

L'ART DANS LES JARDINS, Château-Gontier, France

 

2013 

EX-SITU, Delta City with Contemporary Art Centre, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog online

 

2011

SOUCIÉTÉ, Galerie of MJC, Joué-lès-Tours, France

NAOPAK ROUGE, UrbanPro, Brussels, Belgium

 

2010

HALO, with Azara San,  Contemporary Gallery l’Hotel de Ville, Chinon, France

 

2009

CEPENDANT, Gallery Passage Emmanuel-Chabrier, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France

LENA NIKCEVIC, Gallery Studio Célanie, Tours, France

ARTS CAPELLA, Festival, 8th edition : L'EQUI-LIBRE, Chapelle Saint Nicolas, Tredion, France

LAPSUS IMAGO, Salle Adélaide, Muzillac, France

 

2008

LES CHEMINS DE L’INTIME, Gallery ARTe. FACT, Poitiers, France

ARTS CAPELLA, Festival, 7th edition : ILLUSIONS, SIGNES & SYMBOLES, Chapelle Saint-Roch, Gorvello, France

CORPS ET ARBRES, Gallery Carla Milivinti, Blois, France

 

2006

PEINTUREIMAGEPEINTURE, with Laetitia Ambert Morand and Sanjin Cosabic, Château de Tours, France, catalog

VARIATIONS, University François Rabelais, Tours, France, catalog

VARIATIONS, Compagnie OFF-POLAU, Saint-Pierre-des Corps, France

 

Group exhibitions, selection

 

2019

THOMA GALERIE, Starnberg, Germany

2018

ARTMUC, Kunstmesse fur zeitgenössische Kunst, Praterinsel, Munchen, Germany, catalog

DRAWING AS AN EXPERIMENT, (Crtež kao eksperiment), Contemporary Art Centre, Dvorac Petrovića, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog

2017

UNE EXPO D’ENFER AU PARADIS,, Savonnières, France

TRANSPARENCES, l'Hôtel Goüin, Tours, France

IMAGO MUNDI, - Mediterranean Routes, Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa - ZAC - Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee, Palermo, Italie, catalog

 

2015

XLArt, 4th Big Format Biennial, l'espace Nobuyoshi, La Mulonnière, Saint Antoine du Rocher, France

 

2013

XXArt, 3th Big Format Biennial, l'espace Nobuyoshi, La Mulonnière, Saint Antoine du Rocher, France

ARTCITÉ, salon d'art actuel, Fontenay-sous-Bois, France, catalog

13 NOVEMBRE, Salon d'Art, Cetinje, Montenegro, catalog

 

2012

EXUVIE, ESBA-TALM Tours, France

NOUVEL ACCENT, Cosmopolis, Nantes, France

MONTENEGRIAN ART IN THE XXI CENTURY, Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta, St. Petersburg, Russia,, catalogue

SALON D'HIVER, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, catalog

NOV'ART, 30th edition, Villevêque, France, catalog

GRID, International Biennale of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands, catalog

 

2011

ICI ET AILLEURS, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cetinje, Montenegro, catalog

 

2010

VENTE AUX ENCHERES D’OEUVRES D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, Château de Cangé, Saint-Avertin, France, catalog

 

2009

LES PETITS FORMATS, Mode d’emploi, Tours, France

IN THE POCKET, Gallery Mauricio Cordero, Tours , France

 

2005

PANORAMA, Gallery Etienne de Causans, Paris, France, catalog

 

2004

MULHOUSE 004, Salon of Contemporary Art, young French artists, Mulhouse, France, catalog

 

2002

AU RETOUR,( after a three-month working at the Academy of Arts in Beijing, China), ESBA-TALM Tours, France

 

2001

QUAND LE HASARD NE SUFFIT PLUS, ESBA-TALM Tours, France

 

2000

TOURS A MARSEILLE, Contemporary Art Gallery of the Marseilles Art Academy Marseilles, France

 

1999

SELF-PORTRAIT IN MONTENEGRIN ART, Contemporary Art Centre of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog

A selection from the press and television media

2019 – Edition Kulturland 1/19, Landkultur um Munchen, page 7

2017 – Le Quatrième Tiers, n°24, journal of contemporary art, Encounter with an Artist from the Region Centre, France

2013 – Portrait, France 3

 

2011 - ARTCENTRALA n°5, journal of contemporary art, eight pages of interview with Ljiljana Karadzic, art historian and critic

 

2009 – CULTURZ, Portrait on the French television culture channel CULTURZ