Large Format

Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje

10. May – 08. June, 2021

How do we perceive the format in art? Huge plastic ice cream, huge dogs with balloons, long rolls of painted canvases or simply enlarged photo portraits painted on buildings around the world are just some of the examples of the dimension of expression being a dominant element in the aesthetics of works of art. The format refers to the size of the object relative to another one, and constitutes one of the principles of organization of structural elements in art.

The Large Format exhibition is an exhibition of works from the collection of works of Macedonian and foreign authors, aimed at the internal architectural solution, which disrupts the original relationship with the space.  

Specifically, the Large Format exhibition touches the spatial solutions of the main hall and concentrates on the space that has long been dedicated to modern concepts related to sculptural solutions. By combining the realization of the plastic element with the wall representations with painting features and ambient views, the exhibition adapts the perception of everything that poses a challenge to the final, visually conceptualized constellations. The authenticity of the large formats had its feature of returning to the peculiarities of the exhibition space offered. He has always been part of the attractive exhibitions that we insist on even at this present moment.

The format in art does not only refer to the size of the work of art, but is a relational principle that is usually defined by the relation of the object to the human body or to another object.  Relational aesthetics underlie every work of art, and the human body is often the corrective one against, which can be debated against when it comes to the size of any work. As people are placed at the center of the visible world as the master of the environment, works of art are measured in proportion to the generalized human dimension. They have become defined as large, life-size, miniature and even gigantic. The format in art is something that is commonly examined and is often an important factor in defining the meaning of any piece of work, particularly in contemporary art.

Dimensioning in art challenges the role of the viewer, while – perhaps more than other elements – directing the attention to the relationship between the work and the location or place. It is one of the key aspects of art that affects the reception of any work as a true work of art.