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Ivan Picelj studied at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, 1943-1946; he was a co-founder of EXAT-51 and the Industrial Design Studio (SIO), 1956. He showed his fascination with design and plastic thinking in 1948 while designing exhibition premises in Zagreb.
Picelj was involved in the origins of the international movement, New Tendencies, 1961-1967, and worked a great deal with the Denise Rene Gallery, Paris. Ivan Picelj organized the first exhibition of industrial design in (showing 500 of 912 characters).