The exhibition
in the National Gallery of Slovenia
January 29 – September 6, 2020

The exhibition Serbian Modernism 1880‒1950. The Collection of the Gallery of Matica srpska is organised by the invitation of the National Gallery of Slovenia in Ljubljana, with the idea of presenting a part of Serbian cultural heritage through a selection of artworks from one of the oldest and the most prominent national institutions in Republic of Serbia to Slovenian audience.

The exhibition displays 86 works of art – 75 paintings, 7 sculptures and 4 graphic prints – and comprehensively illustrates Serbian visual art, its models, commitments and achievements from the last decades of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. Artworks of 50 artists present the path of Serbian art from realistic choices made under the influence of art academies in Vienna and Munich towards the turning point in the 20th century modernism when artists, seeking for different artistic education, travelled to Prague, Budapest and finally Paris, as the centre of artistic ideas of the 20th century. Therefore, the exhibition points out the development of Serbian fine art from the ideas of realism, impressionism and symbolism to current expressionistic and intimistic expressions presented through religious and historical compositions, as well as portraits, landscapes, nudes and interiors. Along with the most famous and most representative artists such as Uroš Predić, Paja Jovanović, Steva Aleksić, Ivan Tabaković, Nadežda Petrović, Petar Dobrović, Sava Sumanović, Milan Konjović and Petar Lubarda with whom the exhibition is chronologically ended, the works of perhaps less known painters whose art marked the history of Serbian art and also the collection of the Gallery of Matica srpska. The selected works are accompanied by numerous texts, videos and audio contents with the aim of bringing the ideas of Serbian fine art to visitors, as well as by the exhibition catalogue in Slovenian and English language.

The exhibition is created in co-authorship of dr Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski and dr Andrej Smrekar, with the assistance of Jelena Ognjanović, and in contribution of Nikola Ivanović and Stanislava Jovanović Mindić, who creative and technical suppor. The whole team of restorers of the Gallery of Matica srpska – Danilo Vuksanović, Darko Despotović, Luka Kulić and Marijeta Sidovski – worked on the preparation of artworks for transport and display, while the technical support of the National Gallery of Slovenia made the exhibition.

The realisation of the exhibition wouldn’t be possible without the National Gallery of Slovenia and the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. At the opening ceremony speeches will be held by dr Barbara Jaki, director of the National Gallery, dr Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, director of the Gallery of Matica srpska, Zoran Poznič, the minister of culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Vladan Vukosavljević, the minister of culture and information of the Republic of Serbia.

The opening ceremony will take place in the National Gallery on the 29th of January 2020 at 7 p.m. During the exhibition expert tours and lectures will be held, as well as creative workshops for children based on the experience of the Gallery of Matica srpska. The exhibition is opened until the 6th of September 2020.



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