I first visited the newly restored National Museum in Belgrade in November 2018. Afterwards, I published three posts and presented three important parts of its collection: Medieval Art, Serbian 18th and 19th Century Painting and International Collection. Surely, all three of them are truly impressive. But, there is one more important part in the museum that I’ve only slightly mentioned, at the end of the article on the International Collection. I am talking about the Yugoslav 20th century art.
So, I went back to the museum during my latest visit to Belgrade. This time, my objective was the Yugoslav art and artists. This particular collection is big and it requires a bit more time and proper attention. Frankly speaking, my knowledge of the Yugoslav 20th century art is not as strong as it is, for example, on the Serbian medieval art or the Italian renaissance.
I took a lot of photos and I will present them in two separate posts. Otherwise, one post would be too long. Additionally, I was initially thinking to only present paintings that I like the most, which would’ve been sufficient for one post. But, I decided to present all of them in two separate posts, because it means that I will always be able to come back to them in the future. In other words, I will always be able to easily see all paintings again. I also hope that these presentations will benefit people who would like to see examples of the Yugoslav 20th century art, but either can’t or do not want to travel to Belgrade for that reason.
I have already written extensively about the National Museum, so I am not going to repeat any of that again. You can visit my previous articles to find out more about the museum, its history and the permanent collection.
This and the next post are virtual tours of this fascinating part of the museum.
The collection of the 20th century Serbian and Yugoslav paintings contains approximately 3000 paintings and aquarelles, created between 1889 and 1999.
From 1936 until 1940, the state systematically obtained works of authors from all areas of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, during Belgrade exhibitions. Additionally, ministries and state institutions donated valuable paintings to the museum after the Second World War. Apart from regular acquisitions, the collection has also gradually enlarged through gifts by authors, as well as through legacies.
The National Museum has been also acquiring paintings from authors that started their careers after the Second World War. The aim is to represent their opuses and artistic endeavours within the most recent epoch.
The collection contains masterpieces of the most prominent artists of Yugoslavia, from Yugoslav Impressionist through artists influenced by diverse European art movements, to the contemporary artists.
Certainly, all these paintings are truly impressive. I would also like to learn more about the individual painters, especially about those ones that are considered most important for the development and the history of the Yugoslav 20th century art.
At least, this post is a very good start!