Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade
May 19 – June 19, 2007

Issues related to production and consumption of tobacco in the past are now becoming topic of research by scientists and museologists who apply historical data or use museum collections in order to understand, follow up and explain  the phenomenon of smoking tobacco. Europeans very carefully commissioned and craftsmen rather skillfully manufactured most beautiful, decorative and often luxurious objects for use of this exotic plant . These objects of artistic processing which served various needs related to tobacco smoking from the 17th till 20th centuries are collected and kept in the Museum of Applied art and  the present display will make them accessible to broader cultural public.

Smoking and use of Oriental type pipes had been brought to our parts by the Turks in the 17th century while the massive production of these items started in the 19th century. Ceramic, porcelain or meerschaum pipes are certainly the most representative objects of applied art directly related to the consumption of tobacco. Based on their forms and decoration it is possible to determine the epoch, financial standing but also the aesthetic criteria fostered by their owners.

The aim of the exhibition in the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade is to document the tobacco consumption by objects of artistic crafts which are kept in museum collections (pipes, cigarette holders, narghiles, tobacco cases...) which were only sporadically researched in our country.

Author of the exhibition: Milica Križanac, curator at the Museum of Applied Art