70 years of travelling through the modern Serbian Art
more than 50 works of art
from Paja Jovanović to Mića Popović
from traditional to modern

Permanent Collection of the Serbian Art of the 20th century
The Gallery of Matica srpska
MODERNISMS ‒ CONTINUITIES AND CLASHES

In the year celebrating the 170th anniversary, the Gallery of Matica srpska prepared a special art journey that summarises the 70 years (1907‒1977) of searching, reviewing and clashes of various modern directions in painting.

From the well-founded tradition by Paja Jovanović to the "suicide of painting" by Mića Popović, the Serbian modern art has gone through a long and rocky road of development. Artists such as Nadežda Petrović, Sava Šumanović, Milan Konjović, Petar Lubarda and others conquered some of the pressing issues on this road. Their creations are presented in the new Permanent Collection of the Serbian Art of the 20th century, entitled:

MODERNISMS ‒ CONTINUITIES AND CLASHES

According to Professor Lidija Merenik, PhD, the author of the exhibition, by examining the Art of the 20th century from the collections of The Gallery of Matica srpska and its puncta, almost all modernist and, in line with that, critical statements, ideas and starting points can be distinguished. The art of modernism evolves through this path as a multi-layered application of ideas, ideologies, aesthetics, personal philosophies, styles, clashes, continuity, adventures, internal migration, conflicts and dreams. Should we observe it that way, as a spiral or a maze of paths that must be re-examined over and over, through trial and error, we must adhere to the basic tendency of the 20th century modernism and understand it as a constant and always vital interactive and an inter-textual dialogue practice of the past and the present, the “old” and the “new”, as an open system of analysis, interpretation, deliberation and understanding. Therefore, today's artistic material, both from the first and from the second half of the past century, makes a coherent, although still insufficiently rounded, but nevertheless sufficiently clear unit, capable of mapping the most important points of development of modern and contemporary art over the past century through the exhibition.

There is only one - always old and always new - art. It is the one that gives the most accurate symptoms, formulations and forms of certain moments of the universal creative process, its laws and movements, regardless of the different styles, schools and directions.
            Ivan Tabaković

The audience will be able to read about the new Permanent Collection in the Modernisms guide, in which the author, Professor Lidija Merenik, PhD, explained the concept of the exhibition, the history of creating collections of modern art in The Gallery of Matica srpska and offered a new way of presenting, interpreting, polemic discussing and understanding the development of the Serbian modern Art of the 20th century.

The new Permanent Collection of the Serbian Art of the 20th century will be ceremonially opened on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 8 p.m. at The Gallery of Matica srpska (Trg galerija 1). Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, PhD, director of the Gallery of Matica srpska and Lidija Merenik, PhD, the author of the exhibition and the Professor at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade will speak at the opening, as well as Vladan Vukosavljević, Minister of Culture and Information in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, who will officially open the Collection.

The ceremonial opening of the Permanent Collection of the Serbian Art of the 20th century will round up the jubilee 170th anniversary of the Gallery of Matica srpska with a New Year cocktail, where we will toast to the successfully completed projects from 2017 and to all the new ones that are expected in 2018.

The realisation of the Permanent Collection of the Serbian Art of the 20th century was made possible by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

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