THE DAY OF THE GALLERY OF MATICA SRPSKA 2019
Openning of the Exhibition
18th of October 2019 at 7 p.m.
The Ceremonial Session and the opening of the Exhibition Kračun on the ocassion of the celebration of 172nd anniversary of The Day of the Gallery of Matica srpska will be held on Friday, the 18th of October 2019 at 7 p.m.
Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, PhD, director of the Gallery of Matica srpska, will address the guests and open the Ceremonial Session. The opening will be followed by a Ceremonial Lecture on Teodor Kračun by Vladimir Simić, PhD, art historian and the official opening of the Exhibition KRAČUN by Igor Mirović, the president of the Provincial Government.
Cherishing the tradition of benovelence and friendship with institutions and individuals, at the end of the Session, acknowledgements for the memebers of the Friend’s Club of The Gallery of Matica srpska will be handed over, for all those participated in the Gallery's programs over the past year and therefore contributed to its successful work on preservation and presentation of national art.
Marking the 172nd anniversary, the Day of the Gallery of Matica Srpska is this year dedicated to one of the greatest Serbian painters of the 18th century, Teodor Kračun, whose art represents the highlight of Serbian Baroque painting. After nearly half a century since the last substantial exhibition dedicated to Kračun's oeuvre was presented, by the virtue of professor Miroslav Timotijević, PhD (1950‒2016) and his devoted research and advanced reading of Kračun's life, artistic path, training and craft, the Gallery prepared the KRAČUN Exhibition and published the monograph Teodor Kračun.
Teodor Kračun (1732, Sremska Kamenica ? – 1781, Sremski Karlovci) is the most notable Serbian Baroque painter, whose works made a step forward towards the modernization of visual-artistic expression in the second half of the 18th century. His paintings, mostly created for the Church, still can be found in numerous temples, monasteries and treasuries of churches, such as iconostases and tetrapod icons in the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Sremski Karlovci, the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Sremska Kamenica, The Church of St. Stephen the Archdeacon in Sremska Mitrovica, The Church of St. George in Sombor, the monastery churches of Beočin, Novo Hopovo, Jazak, the parish churches in Neštin, Susek, Stari Slankamen, and the treasury of the Diocese of Srem in Sremski Karlovci, while a considerable number of Kračun's paintings can be found in museum collections.
The KRAČUN Exhibition, set up within the Permanent exhibition of the 18th century Serbian painting in the Gallery of Matica Srpska, reveals Kračun in a new light and bring his life and work closer to the contemporary observer. Comprising over 60 works from museum collections (The Gallery of Matica Srpska and The National Museum in Belgrade) and from the Serbian Orthodox Church (The Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, The Treasury of the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, The Bishop’s Palace in Sremski Karlovci, the Church of St. Nicholas in Stari Slankamen) the exhibition highlights the development of Kračun's art, the changes that the High Baroque introduced to Serbian art and the alignment of Serbian ecclesiastical art with contemporaneous trends in European art.
Along with a number of exhibited works of Teodor Kračun, among which are some rarely shown in public, the exhibition present two iconostases ‒ The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Sremski Karlovci (1780‒1781) and one from The Church of St. Stephen the Archdeacon in Sremska Mitrovica (1775), Kračun's most mature artworks, presented for the first time by using modern technologies: 3D digitalization and augmented reality application (AR). For this purpose, modern technologies for 3D reconstruction and 3D virtual presentation of objects of architectural and cultural heritage were used. Instead of seeing a static piece within the physical space of a church, realistic 3D presentation provides an innovative and unique way of depicting iconostasis, as a monumental element with its lavish wood-carving decoration, as well as a unique artwork composed of different individual paintings. In order to enable visitors to view iconostasis from different angles and through multiple levels of details, two types of virtual iconostasis were created. An interactive presentation of iconostasis that allows a more detailed presentation of individual icons with accompanying information on the artwork is displayed on touch screen. Using augmented reality on tablets, visitors have an opportunity to see 3D visualization of iconostasis. This multimedia segment of the exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Department of Animation in Engineering and the Center for Digital Design of the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, with the partnership of Vojvođanska banka OTP Group and with the blessing of His Excellency Bishop of Srem, Mr. Vasilije.
The concept of the exhibition is based on a scientific study Teodor Kračun of professor Miroslav Timotijević, PhD while the author of the exhibition is Vladimir Simić, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade.
During the exhibition, expert lectures and professional exhibition guidance by curators will be organized, as well as the promotion of the monograph Teodor Kračun.
The exhibition is open until 23rd of February 2020.
The exhibition was made possible by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities and the Vojvođanska banka OTP group.