Design for the poster for "1002nd night"

Dušan Jankovic, Belgrade, 1923

tempera, india ink on paper

sign. Dušan Jankovic Belgrade 1923

dimensions: 61 x 48,5 cm

MAA Inv. No. 18368

On February 16, 1923 "at 09:23 PM exactly, in the Belgrade hotel "Kasina" commenced the ball that was to end the eternal legend of 1001 nights and initiate the 1002nd night". Belgrade artists of younger generation (the older ones boycotted it) devised every detail of the event – its interior, costumes, invitations, posters, journal "Midnight" (…) together with the programme of the event. Part of the profit from the most famous ball in Belgrade between the wars was allocated for the building of the Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzoric".

For the artists' ball "1002nd night" Dušan Jankovic designed the interior of one of the halls in the "Kasina", costumes for the guests, the banner for the "Midnight" newspaper and the poster. All these works were imbued with art nčgre, then fashionable in the artistic circles of Paris, and executed in the style of cubism ("a la mode cubisme, l'art nčgre et cinéma – as Jankovic ironically wrote on his design for the interior of the "Kasina").

In the period from 1916 to 1935 Dušan Jankovic (1894-1950) lived in Paris where he studied at Ecole Nationale Suéprieure des Arts Decoratifs. During his Paris period Dušan Jankovic very successfully practised different art forms – architecture, interior design, composition and illustration of books, graphic design, porcelain, fashion as well as printmaking and painting. After his return to Belgrade (1935-1950) he devoted himself primarily to the applied graphic art, above all to book design. In 1948 he became a part- time lecturer for applied graphic art and decorative lettering at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade.