Great Choir by Mira Sandić, 1972.

Mira Sandić was the first to approach the topic of children’s choirs in our sculpture. The very word horos, of Greek origin, confirms the fact that it is an ancient way of entertaining people among many ancient peoples, which we find documented among the ancient Greeks. It was performed with play in cult ceremonies, and then in theatrical plays, in tragedies with twelve to fifteen singers, and in comedies with twenty-four. Since singing, and even choirs, as an expression of human joy and sorrow, are an eternal theme, they are nurtured in all preschool and school institutions. The sculptor remembers how she herself, as a child, wanted to sing in a choir. She observed the children in the choirs and returned to them in an effort to sculpt and transpose them. The fragile figures of the children instructed her to close them in rows, in order to increase the mass and achieve monumentality.

Mira Sandić was born in 1924 in Belgrade. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1951, and in 1957 finished her postgraduate studies from the Sculpture Department at Class of Professor Ilija Kolarević. Her sculptures can be found in many museums, galleries, collections, and private collections, but they are also part of public buildings and parks in the country and abroad. Mira Sandić is the winner of many awards and recognitions. She died in 2010 in Belgrade.

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