Celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the exhibition European Phenomena in the collection of the Gallery of Matica srpska represents artworks of Serbian as well as foreign artists from different epochs, painted in different techniques and collected with the intention of making the viewer think about the phenomena and values, on which the European civilization was built. Subsequently, there are four different themes that emerged and that are highlighted in the exhibition: Freedom, Progress, Heritage and Diversity.
Heritage is the basis of European culture, recounted through myths and religions, and it is a wide field in which the richness of local diversities, customs and traditions speak about human shortcomings and strengths, translated into well-known stories and images. Freedom surfaced as the second theme. Freedom as the ideal of nations and individuals and equally of artists, scientists and philosophers, as something to be gained, defended and advanced. Progress came next, as a constant aspiration of the European nations towards growth and improvement in order to remain competitive and prosperous; an aspiration that is based on education, science, inventiveness and creativity, which will provide progress for the whole continent. And finally, we chose Diversity, as the basic virtue of Europe, in which different nations, languages, religions and commitments are united with the objective of creating a more tolerant and rational society.
The exhibition offers more than one interpretation and understanding of European values and phenomena through the displayed artworks with the main idea of making the viewer think about them.
The exhibition is followed by the publication European Phenomena in the collection of the Gallery of Matica srpska.
During the exhibition, guided tours, on Saturdays at 11am and 5pm and lectures on Fridays at 7pm will be organised:
July 13th: Interpretation of the exhibition European Phenomena in the Collection of The Gallery of Matica srpska by the expert (Tijana Palkovljevic Bugarski, PhD, museum advisor)
July 27th: Lecture Heritage: The Mythical and the Sacred (Danilo Vuksanovic, MA, conservator)
August 3rd: Lecture Diversity: Equality in Diversity (Stanislava Jovanovic, curator)
August 10th: Lecture Progress: Education and Technology (Miroslava Zarkov, curator)
August 17th: Lecture Freedom: Justice and Power (Luka Kulic, conservator)
August 31st: Interpretation of the exhibition European Phenomena in the Collection of The Gallery of Matica srpska by the expert (Nikola Ivanovic, curator-trainee).
The exhibition is open for the public until 16 September 2018.
The realization of the exhibition and the catalogue was made possible by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia that included this project in the national program with the slogan Our Heritage: where the past meets the future as a part of the celebration of the Year of European Cultural Heritage on the national level.
Gallery of Matica srpska
Trg Galerija 1
21101 Novi Sad