exhibiton of works by painters and photographers in the Serbian Army, on the
occasion of marking the centenary of the First World War, encompasses over 100 paintings of official war painters and
an almost equal number of photographs by official photographers in the Serbian
Army. The exhibition also includes the works of war correspondents and
photo-amateurs, women painters, volunteer nurses, as well as the works of other
artists who were participants in the war, either as conscripts or volunteers.
Knowingly and expertly selected
pictures show the broad diverse and dynamic Serbian art scene of the mid 1920s, built on
impossible paradox. In the midst of destruction and desperation there occurred
an artistic flourishing of a specific style of Serbian Impressionism – a
painting style born in exile that reached its pivot.
The seven exhibition segments: Preceding Events: Modernism, Farewell, my children, Exodus, My Sun, whither do you set, The
Thessalonika Atelier/Thessalonica, Nurses/Painters/Witnesses, and The Salonica
introduce the visitor to the exhibition theme, but also show the profound drama
of the Serbian people in the First World War.
A separate segment is dedicated to photographs divided into
nine smaller sections, the first of ghich emphasizes the most representative
images, followed by photographs of the bombing; crimes; evacuation and retreat;
the life of the soldier; the army and charges; death; liberation;
Museum of Contemporary Art realizеd the exhibition not only from it`s own collections, but by loaning the paintings and photographs from: the Military Museum, Belgrade, the Museum of the City of Belgrade, the National Museum in Smederevska Palanka, the Matica Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad, as well as from the Institute for the Preservation of the Cultural Haritage of the City of Belgrade, the National Library of Serbia, Library of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the „Svetozar Marković” University Library, National Museum, Šabac and from the Imperial War Museum in London and Milwaukee Art Museum.
The display encompasses among the others, also the paintings
of Nadežda Petrović, Kosta Miličevića, Mališa Glišića, Milan Milovanović, Miloš
Golubović, Vladimir Becić, Vasa Eškićević, Vasa Pomorišac, Paško Vučetić,
Živorad Nastasijević, Natalija Cvetković, Mihailo Milovanović, Velјko
Stanojević, Dragomir Glišić and others, as well the photographs made by
Vladimir Becić, Miloje Igrutinović, Risto Šuković, Rista Marjanović, Stanislav
Krakov, Đorđe Stanojević, Andra Popović, Dragolјub Pavlović, Jovan Lovčević,
and photographs shot by foreigners such as Catharina Sturzenegger, Archibald
Reiss, Samson Čarnov, Ariel Varges and André Taponier.
The four languages publication (Serbian, English, French,
Russian), published in occasion of the exhibition, includes the text of catalog,
and the texts on the history of photography, serbian war literature and historiographical
text on the Serbian refugees in First World War, which gave the wider context
to the artistic creativity of the period. The patricular contribution represent
of war painters and war photographers.
Author of the exhibition: Žana Gvozdenović, author of
the part with photos: Milena Marjanović, author
of the design and exhibition project: Nenad Marković.