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At the First Sight: The Museum of Applied Art

20 May 2014

Realization: Mila Gajić, senior curator MAA; Marija Bujić, museum advisor MAA; Draginja Maskareli, senior curator MAA; Jelena Perać, MA, senior curator MAA and Biljana Crvenković, curator MAA

Exhibition At the First Sight: The Museum of Applied Art is the first phase of the collaborative work of the curators from different Museum’s departments. The exhibition features art work from the following departments: Wood and Period Furniture Department, Metalwork and Jewelry Department, Textile and Costume Department, Ceramics, Porcelain and Glass Department and Photography, Applied Graphics and Book Illustration and Design Department. On this occasion, a significant number of artifacts have been exhibited for the first time in several decades, while a number of museum exhibits have been featured for the first time at this exhibition.

The process of work on this exhibition represents “an attempt” to present versatile Museum material and, in that regard, its final goal is “an experimental” arrangement, as a first phase in creating the future Museum exhibition arrangements. What featured objects have in common is their belonging to “small worlds of everyday life” of the urban milieu and its different forms of manifestation, contributing to its aestheticizing.

The objects are classified in constructed chronological – stylistic groups, without expressed narrative and contextualisation. As the arrangement is “experimental”, its goal is to focus the visitors’ attention on the very objects and to show the possibility of communication and interaction between them, from which the future narratives in the framework of the Museum exhibitions will be developed.

We would like to invite you to take a peek at the Museum of Applied Art collections, to discover the beauty and versatility of their contents.

Wood and Period Furniture Department
Southern Germany, second quarter of the 18th century
Wood, marquetry (walnut root, box-wood, poplar, ash)
210 x 164 x 78 cm
MAA Inv. No. 56
Austrian Empire, Novi Sad, c.1840
Pinewood, walnut veneer; inlay of maple and bird’s-eye maple; seat, back and arms upholstered in dark blue velvet
108 x 65 x 78 cm
MAA inv.no.389
Ottoman Empire, Prizren, 19th century
Pinewood, carved
425 x 390 cm
MAA Inv. No. 1682
Sewing Table
Austrian, Vienna, c.1820
Wood, walnut and cedar veneer; painting, gilding, carving
79 x 50 x 47cm
MAA inv.no.3834
Chair (part of a set)
The Kingdom of Serbia, 1907
Designed by Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak
Wood, leather
Art Nouveau
92 x 45 x 47 cm
MAA Inv. No. 4834
The Kingdom of Serbia, last decade of the 19th century
Nadežda Petrović
Wood, glass, oil painting
Dimensions 150 x 64 x 34.5 cm
MAA Inv. No. 4390
Dining Table
Germany, around 1830
Wood: solid walnut; veneer: walnut, Birdseye Maple
R 142 cm; h 81.5 cm
MAA Inv. No. 23546
Metalwork and Jewelry Department
Germany, the first half of the 16th century
Brass; forging
Diameter: 48.5cm
MAA Inv. No. 6216
Hunting Horn
France, late 16th – early 17th century
Ivory; cutting
Length: 66cm
MAA Inv. No. 541
Cruet Frame
Austrian Empire, Vienna, 1853
Silver, gilt, glass; casting, pressing
33 × 11, 5 × 26 cm
MAA Inv. No. 5998
Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna, the second half of the 19th century
Silver, glass; casting, chasing
Height: 41.8cm, tazza diameter: 37.5cm
MAA Inv. No. 23539
England, London, 1832
William Bateman II
Silver; forging, casting
Height: 11cm, radius: 30 cm
MAA Inv. No. 23853
Textile and Costume Department
Bath clogs
The Ottoman Empire, Kosovo, 19th century
Mother-of-pearl, tin wire; chiselling, inlay
Length: 23 cm
MAA Inv. No. 1952
The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Pirot, 1941
Wool; kilim weave
195×74 cm
MAA Inv. No. 11430
Austria (?), 1860–1880
Ivory, silk, wood, metal
Length: 24 cm
MAA Inv. No. 23659
Given by Jelena Jovanović from Belgrade
Western or Central Europe, c. 1910
Mark of the seller: “Savčić i Nikolić”, Belgrade
Leather, satin, linen, beads, leather sole; embroidery
Length: 25.5 cm
MAA Inv. No. 23928
Heron II
The Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes / Yugoslavia, 1928–1932
Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak
Tempera, canvas
141×56 cm (with a frame)
MAA Inv. No. 9331
Ceramics, Porcelain and Glass Department
Central Europe, the late 19th and the first decades of the 20th century
In the style of Emile Galle (Emile Galle, 1846–1904)
Height: 20 cm
MAA Inv. No. 138
Central Europe, the late 19th and the first decades of the 20th century
In the style of Emile Galle (Emile Galle, 1846–1904)
Height: 20 cm
MAA Inv. No. 4329
Figural group
Saxony, Meissen, c. 1850
Meissen Porcelain Manufacture (Meissener Porzellan-Manufaktur)
Height: 20 cm
MAA Inv. No. 2335
Travel chest for the spirits
France, second half of the 19th century
Glass, cut, gilded; wood, painted, metal, mother of pearl
Height 80 cm
MAA Inv. No. 2342
Photography, Applied Graphics and Book Illustration and Design Department
The Antula Family Photograph Album
Germany (?), c. 1870
Leather, wood, canvas, alloy, cardboard; blindruk, gold embossing, gilt, application, photography
16.5×23 cm
MAA Inv. No. 21975
Given by Jovan Antula from Munich
Jovanka Jakovljević’s Photograph Album
Wood, cardboard, leather, mother of pearl, tempera, copper sheet, lacquer, paper; gluing, painting, gilt
29×22.5 cm
MAA Inv. No.15173
Austrian Empire, Vienna, 1846-1850
Anastas Jovanović
Paper; pencil
19.2×21 cm
MAA Inv. No. 6431
A Design for a Samovar
Austrian Empire, Vienna, 1850-1858
Anastas Jovanović
Paper; pencil
MAA Inv. No. 6439
A Design for Two Armchairs and a Candelabrum
Austrian Empire, Vienna, 1846-1858
Anastas Jovanović
Paper; pencil
MAA Inv. No. 6429
Muzej primenjene umetnosti, Beograd