‘Drawings from Images’, Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Novi Sad, Serbia

A recent exhibition in Novi Sad put professors from the Academy of Fine Arts into creative dialogue with some of the works in an important private collection of twentieth-century art that is housed in a purpose-built gallery. Organised by Jelena Sredanović, the result is a dialogue between present and past, painting and drawing or drawing, tapestry and sculpture. The originals and the works they inspired are shown together and the resulting connections vary on a scale between total transformation, purloined fragment or simple, subtle variation. This small exhibition (7 new to 6 originals) was situated in a museum that is otherwise well-worth seeing for the permanent collection which was gifted to the serbian people by its collector – a diplomat – in 1957. The museum is unrivalled because unlike the ex-yugoslavian national collections in Belgrade which are permanently closed, this one is permanently open. Furthermore, much of the collection is actually on display, lovingly and meaningfully valorized by its curator, Jasmina Jakšić. For information on current exhibitions see http://www.pavle-beljanski.museum Trg galerija 2, Novi Sad. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11-18; Thursdays 13-21. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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