Reflections of Our Time: Acquisitions of the Museum of Contemporary Art 1993-2019

July 18, 2020 | Ivana Nedeljković

The authors of the concept of this exhibition are the curators of the Museum of Contemporary Art: Mišela Blanusa, Rajka Boskovic, Svetlana Mitic and Zaklina Ratkovic. It includes over two hundred representative works of art - paintings, graphics, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and video works.

The works were procured in a planned way through purchases from domestic and international exhibitions realized in the Museum, through gifts from artists or their successors, but also through direct contacts with the artists themselves whose works are key to understanding and understanding the currents of contemporary art.

From today's perspective, this art fund is positioned as one of the most relevant for the study and exhibition of art created in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia and thus takes on a wider international significance. The tendency to fill the collections with works by world artists is part of the vision that leads to the creation of a respectable international collection of the Museum in the future.

Following a wide range of different linguistic specifics, but also various phenomena present in the field of modern and contemporary art from the beginning of the 20th century until today, the exhibition is conceived in thirteen thematic-problematic units such as Museum in Museum, Postulates of Modernism, Society-Politics-Art, Aporia of the contemporary scene...

Through the exhibited can be read as a whole and also as a kind of micro-narrative, thematic and problem relations are recognized, but also new dynamic relations in which individual authors are placed, which reflects the dynamics of heterogeneity of museum material that was the starting point for this exhibition. Through the presented selection, one can follow the Museum's purchase policy, which has been implemented during the last 25 years, and the included works show two basic lines of collecting.
The first is a historical line that follows the development of modernism in the Yugoslav art space, while the second is related to the movement and dynamics of the contemporary art scene. The works of contemporary artists present new phenomena in figurative painting, neo-conceptual approaches, but also contemporary artistic practices that are mostly imbued with the themes of political turmoil, crisis, and the consequences of the transformation of post-socialist society. The problem of the disintegration of the common state is also of exceptional importance, which led to the redefinition of the original idea of ​​forming the Museum as the central art fund of the then SFRY. From today's perspective, this fund is positioned as one of the most relevant for the study and exhibition of art in the Yugoslav art space and thus takes on a wider international significance.

The reason for this exhibition is the fact that in the period of 25 years, the museum fund has increased by over 1,400 works of domestic, regional, and European modern and contemporary art. The works were procured through redemption and gifts, mostly from artists, from domestic and international exhibitions realized in the Museum and other representative solo and group exhibitions, as well as through gift collections and legacies.

After a long period of time, many works will be shown to the public again, and some will be displayed in the Museum's exhibition space for the first time, which is one of the main imperatives of this type of museum exhibitions, which are organized in cyclical periods.

In accordance with the extraordinary measures of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the opening of this exhibition was unfortunately delayed. However, the organizers and authors of the exhibition managed to make these works of art also available on their website and social networks.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in order to combat the spread of viral infection COVID-19, during their stay in all exhibition spaces of the Museum, visitors are required to properly use protective masks and to respect a distance of at least two meters.

As part of the opening of the exhibition, an accompanying program is planned, and the NAKED group will perform on the plateau in front of the Museum building.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures by the authors of the exhibition, experts in certain fields, as well as a film program based on works from the Museum's collection.

Exhibition "Reflections of Our Time: Acquisitions of the Museum of Contemporary Art 1993-2019"
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade (Ušće 10, block 15) and Gallery - Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković (Rodoljub Čolaković 2)
Opening: MSUB, June 27, 2020, at 1 p.m., and Legacy, June 27, 2020, at 7 p.m.

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