Month: October 2014

55th October Salon, Disappearing Things, Belgrade City Museum

The annual show of contemporary art this year curated by two Austrians around the theme of disappearing things which for many artists means nature or memory. It takes place in the stunning spaces of an empty building, just behind the old bombed out army headquarters that is still standing in all its shocking, crumbling majesty. On display is a mixture of video, photography, painting and installation by artists working across the world, although the many slavic sounding names suggest that they represent something of an artistic diaspora. The videos are the most successful in exploring a whole range of disappearing themes: like loss, or happiness or forgetting or remembering, or story telling. There are fuzzy Richter like paintings by an Albanian artist, narrated stories separated from their visual halves so that we have to remember what we heard and relate it back to what we see. Maybe most absorbing of all among the exhibits dealing with the past is the vast wall of seeing something that clearly has disappeared – the crowds who gathered to listen to Milosevic: the camera moves slowly as the words flicker silently on the screen, the speaker is absent, the listeners are present Four long minutes that offer a good demonstration of art’s ability to deal with difficult and otherwise invisible themes.Belgrade City Museum, Reavska Street 40b, Belgrade Until 2nd November 2014

Meggy Rustamova, Invitation au voyage, 2014

Meggy Rustamova, L’Invitation au voyage, 2014


Leonard Qylafi, Imaginary 1-5, 2014


Doplgenger, Fragments Untitled, 2, 2014

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Do Not Forget Us, Serbian Academy of Science & Art, Belgrade

Moblised Man, near Belgrade

Moblised Man, near Belgrade

An exhibition of photographs, drawings and paintings produced during 1914-15 when Serbia was at war. The photos tell a sombre story that starts with the farms and new recruits. We follow them to the Thessaloniki front, watch them die or retreat through frozen Albania to the ships that evacuated them to Cyprus. A selection of paintings then retrace the same journeys, the same places, the same battles but in colour and as landscape or large battle portraits. There are framed sketches made by artists who were also soldiers and alongside these bits and pieces of memorabilia. The title of the exhibition is taken from the diary of Milan Vakaljac, a serbian officer and volunteer. Until December 2014 at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Knez Mihailova 35. Daily 10-10pm, Thursdays 10-4pm

Battle of Drina, Island of Ada, Kujačica

Battle of Drina, Island of Ada, Kujačica

Snow Covered Equipage Bivouac, Albania

Snow Covered Equipage Bivouac, Albania

The Valley of Death, 1915

The Valley of Death, 1915

Ostrovo village and Lake, 1916

Ostrovo village and Lake, 1916

Sigmar Polke: Music from Unknown Source

Forty kitsch and crazy gouache paintings by Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) are currently on display in Dedinje in one of the more elegant outposts of the currently (but permanently) closed Museum of Contemporary Art. Polke was a key figure in European pop art and one of the most important German artists post 1945. These works – dripped, painted, printed and weird – were produced in collaboration with the German Institute of Foreign Cultural Relations in 1996.  The exhibition has been co-organised with the IFA in Stuttgart and the Goethe Institute in Belgrade. The paintings use blown up fragments of an advertisement, a photograph or an illustration and combine them with fluorescent colour and witty, ironic and often incomprehensible titles. Everyday except Tuesdays, 12-8pm, until 31st October 2014 at the Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Colaković, Rodoljuba Colakovića 2, Belgrade Polke is currently the subject of a large retrospective, Alibis at Tate Modern, London

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Woman Exchanged, 1996

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Left, right, which way should the German eagle look, 1996

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When you meet the demand in the market.., 1996


Bianca Tschaikner, Strich im Universum (Line in the Universe)

A small but exquisitely selected group of prints currently on display at the Austrian Cultural Centre by Bianca Tschaikner, an internationally recognised artist and graphic designer whose travels have taken her to Chile, Italy, Spain and Morocco. The images recount these peregrinations in small formats and via woodcuts, etchings, linocuts and lithographs that share deceptively simple but immensely appealing and playful figurations of her personal itineraries or classical myths. The prints are for sale and prices vary between 2000 and 25000 RSD. Everyday 9-5pm until 18th October 2014, Austrijksi kulturni forum, Kneza Sime Markovica 2, Beograd

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The Human Fish, 42 x 52cm, screen print, 10000 RSD

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The Human Fly, 35 x 41cm; screen print; 10000 RSD

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Aquarius; Ariadne with Canis Moairis and flying fishes; Menade Solitaria; La Despedida; each 24.7 x 36.5cm; lino cut; each 8000 RSD