On the occasion of Museum's Day,
the Museum of Applied Art has the pleasure to invite you
to the Grand Opening of the exhibition


Author Dušan Milovanović
The exhibition will be opened by Academician Dinko Davidov

Thursday, 6 November 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
6 November 2008 - 15 January 2009

Representative exhibition Treasuries of Chilandar Monastery, curated by Dušan Milovanović, museum councilor, will be opened on November 6, 2008, celebrating Day of the Museum of Applied Art. The exhibition and the two-volume catalogue (bilingual, with colour illustrations) are the result of three-decades-long research conducted in Chilandar Monastery and Holy Mountain by team of professionals working in the Museum of Applied Art and lead by Dušan Milovanović.

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Museological treatment of varied material discovered by the team members followed the long-standing research and the creation of systematic inventory. The results will be published, in a systematic order, as separate volumes, in years to come. The present, first volume can be understood as introductory, as it contains the review of items that should help us understand Chilandar material, those precious, inestimable, examples of the applied art as well as simple objects for day-to-day use.

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The exhibition Treasuries of Chilandar Monastery consists of several segments:

  • documentary, comparative, section dealing with the treasuries of Chilandar along with the material in Museum's collections related to the Monastery either by style, time period or some other characteristic;
  • segment featuring photographs of the Monastery and its ambience;
  • special segment dedicated to the reconstruction of Chilandar;
  • original items from Holy Mountain and Chilandar.
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The exhibition features sacral objects from Chilandar and Holy Mountain, as well, that found their way to cultural institutions in Serbia thanking to various historic circumstances. Ten manuscripts belong to these (gospels, menaions and corpuses) from Chilandar kept in Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, The National Library of Serbia and The Historic Museum of Serbia. There are also some of the most precious objects from the collections of the Museum of Applied Art, The National Museum, and other institutions, as well as valuable collection of icons from the Legacy of King Peter I at Oplenac. It contains items that were gifts made by monks from Chilandar and other monasteries at Holy Mountain, to King Peter I on his coronation and during his reign, as well as during the reign of King Alexander. Objects featured at the exhibition belong to the highest category of Serbian cultural and artistic heritage.

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The exhibition was supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.

Accompanying exhibitions in Museum's Jade Gallery:

Dreams of Chilandar - Art Jewellery, Slavoljub Galić Djani
Shining - Wall Reliefs, Zoran Turkan
Thursday, 6 November 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
Exhibitions will be open to public until 30 November 2008

Inscription - group exhibition of Art Photographs: Momčilo Vuković, Rajko Karišić, Tomislav Peternek, Milinko Stefanović, Dragan S. Tanasijević
Thursday, 4 December 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibitions will be open to public until 15 January 2009

Author: Dušan Milovanović, Museum Advisor, Department of Treatment of Metal and Jewellery
Exhibition architect: Ivan Mangov