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As part of this year's event "Museums of Serbia, ten days from 10 to 10", exhibition

Curators’ Choice (Acquisitions 2011–2015)

12 May - 4 June 2016

Awarding ceremony of thanks to donors: Tuesday, 17 May 2016 at 18:00

Curators of the exhibition MAA: Mila Gajić, Draginja Maskareli, Jelena Perać

Conservators MAA: Marija Labudović, Milan Andrić

Organized by: Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

About exhibition

As part of this year's event Museums of Serbia – 10 Days from 10 to 10, the Museum of Applied Art presents through its exhibition activities, as the most visible, other museum activities – conservation and acquisition of art objects. Along with presentation and interpretation, the formation of collections – involving collecting, recording and storage of cultural assets, is a fundamental activity of museums and responsible curators. Museums are repositories of human achievements, which they keep and safeguard for generations to come, and the involvement of curators in this area is a way of caring for the common cultural memory as the basis of a common identity. Museums in Serbia, as part of the European and global cultural community, have nurtured this tradition since their establishment in the 19th and 20th centuries, and they continue to do so in the 21st century.

As a sequel to previous exhibitions of museum acquisitions (1970, 1999 and 2010), this time, we present a selection of artefacts acquired by the Museum of Applied Art through purchase and gifts between 2011 and 2015. They belong to various fields of applied art and design: furniture, ceramics, porcelain, jewellery design, fashion design and textile design, illustration and photography. In accordance with the assumption that the identity of a museum is defined by the collections in its possession, in this period, too, the acquisition policy of the Museum of Applied Art, as a clearly profiled specialized art museum, was primarily focused on highly aesthetic historical and modern artefacts of a local and European provenance.

Between 2011 and 2015, 894 items were acquired for the Museum of Applied Art, 305 of which were purchased, while 589 were gifted. When selecting the artefacts, the curators of various museum departments were primarily focused on the items that would complement the existing museum collections in terms of stylistic features, applied materials production methods. The collection of Wood and Period Furniture Department was enriched with a wall mirror (1870–1880) and two historicist pieces of furniture: a glazed cabinet (1876) and a chest of drawers (1878), which bear the initials of the local artistic carpenter Radovan Pantić. In this respect, they are a special rarity, important for future research in this area of applied art. Among the items acquired between 2011 and 2015 for the collection of Metal and Jewellery Department, which includes jewellery, silverware and items made of precious metals, two pairs of gold earrings (18th and the mid-19th c.) and silver toiletries (1837) stand out. The acquisition policy of Textile and Costume Department was focused on clothing and fashion accessories. The rich collection of the Department is on this occasion represented by a coin purse (the second half of the 19th c.), a pair of slippers – terlik (19th c.), a belt (early 20th c.) and a pair of Pirot kilims (ca. 1925). Photography and Print Room Department was primarily focused on the Serbian and European photography of the 19th and early 20th centuries; the richness and diversity of these collections are represented at the exhibition by numerous items. Ceramics, Porcelain and Glass Department laid the emphasis on the study of food culture and table art; accordingly, the same direction was followed by the acquisition policy, which is illustrated by three services: a dinner set (late 19th c.), a dessert set (1890–1895) and a coffee set (1822–1825).

Along with the above-mentioned criteria, the acquisition policy of Contemporary Applied Art Department, is determined by the rules of the Salon of Contemporary Applied Art, according to which some works of artists who exhibit at this event enter the Museum’s collections as artists’ gifts. In this way, as well as through purchase from artists, the collections of contemporary applied art were enriched with illustrations and photographs of Jugoslav Vlahović, made between 1974 and 2011. Furthermore, the collections of items from the period between the two world wars, modern fashion clothing and textile art within Contemporary Applied Art Department were complemented through purchase and gifts with numerous works of prominent contemporary artists and artists of the inter-war period. For this occasion, three works by the pioneer of artistic ceramics in Serbia – Dušan Jovanović Đukin, are selected: the decorative plate Woman with a Bird and a Vase of Flowers (1929–1930), a pot (1941–1944) and the figurine Birds (1941–1944). Between 2011 and 2015, the collections of contemporary ceramics and design were complemented with multimedia works and ceramic installations by young women artist, Ljubica Jocić Knežević and Valentina Savić, as well as Nikola Knežević’s revolutionary work exploring the application of new technologies in industrial design. An important place in the collections is occupied by the iconic and avant-garde works by Katica Pavelka Vukajlović and Velimir Vukićevića from the 1980s, works from the opus of Biljana Milenović and Nataša Vasilić, as well as the work entitled Kvapil by Lana Rakanović, gifted to the Museum by the artist after her exhibition within the Salon of Contemporary Applied Art.

Department of Metal and Jewellery
Earrings
Earrings
18th century, MAA Inv. No. 24321, purchase, 2014
Earrings
Earrings
Western Europe, mid-19th century, MAA Inv. No. 24322, purchase, 2015
Department of Wood and Period Furniture
Chest of drawers
Chest of drawers
Belgrade, 1878, artistic carpenter Radovan Pantić, MAA Inv. No. 24329, given by Radmila Gagović from Belgrade, 2015
Department of Textile and Costume
Coin purse
Coin purse
second half of the 19th century, MAA Inv. No. 24213, purchase, 2015
Belt
Belt
early 20th century, MAA Inv. No. 24126, purchase, 2014
Belt (detail)
Belt (detail)
early 20th century, MAA Inv. No. 24126, purchase, 2014
Slippers – terlik
Slippers – terlik
19th century, MAA Inv. No. 23913, given by Mirjana Maskareli from Belgrade, 2011
Kilim, draper (a pair)
Kilim, draper (a pair)
Pirot, ca. 1925, Devil’s Knee ornament, MAA Inv. No. 24212, purchase, 2015
Department of Photography and Applied Graphic Art
Woman with roses
Woman with roses
Belgrade, 1905–1910, studio Kenig, MAA Inv. No. 24194, purchase, 2014
Man in a plaid suit
Man in a plaid suit
Kingdom of Serbia, Belgrade, 1905–1910, studio Kenig, MAA Inv. No. 24195, purchase, 2014
Photograph album
Photograph album
1870–1880, MAA Inv. No. 24137, purchase, 2014
Department of Ceramics, Porcelain and Glass
Coffee set
Coffee set
Vienna, 1822–1825, Imperial Porcelain Factory, gilding: Johann Teufel, MAA Inv. No. 24129, purchase, 2014
Dessert set
Dessert set
Znojmo (Znaim), 1890–1895, Factory of Art Pottery of Karl Rudolf Ditmar, MAA Inv. No. 23930, purchase, 2013
Department of Contemporary Applied Art I
Decorative plate Woman with a Bird and a Vase of Flowers
Decorative plate Woman with a Bird and a Vase of Flowers
Paris, 1929–1930, Dušan Jovanović Djukin, MAA Inv. No. 24324, purchase, 2015
Figurine Birds
Figurine Birds
Belgrade, 1941–1944, Dušan Jovanović Djukin, MAA Inv. No. 24326, purchase, 2015
Department of Contemporary Applied Art II
Football Planet
Football Planet
Belgrade, 1994, Jugoslav Vlahović, MAA Inv. No. 24240, purchase, 2014
Department of Contemporary Applied Art III
Gobelins I and II: Priorities and prospects of large imperial strategy
Gobelins I and II: Priorities and prospects of large imperial strategy
2014, Ljubica Jocić Knežević, MAA Inv. No. 24335, purchase, 2014
Installation Powder tractate
Installation Powder tractate
2011, Valentina Savić, MAA Inv. No. 23852, author’s gift, 2013
SOS (Save Our Souls)
SOS (Save Our Souls)
1987, Velimir Vukićević, MAA Inv. No. 24334, purchase, 2015
SOS (Save Our Souls)
SOS (Save Our Souls)
1987, Velimir Vukićević, MAA Inv. No. 24334, purchase, 2015
SOS (Save Our Souls)
SOS (Save Our Souls)
1987, Velimir Vukićević, MAA Inv. No. 24334, purchase, 2015
Ceramic audio amplifier
Ceramic audio amplifier
2014, Nikola Knežević, MAA Inv. No. 24336, purchase, 2014
Ceramic audio amplifier
Ceramic audio amplifier
2014, Nikola Knežević, MAA Inv. No. 24336, purchase, 2014
Ceramic audio amplifier
Ceramic audio amplifier
2014, Nikola Knežević, MAA Inv. No. 24336, purchase, 2014
Ceramic audio amplifier
Ceramic audio amplifier
2014, Nikola Knežević, MAA Inv. No. 24336, purchase, 2014
Ceramic audio amplifier
Ceramic audio amplifier
2014, Nikola Knežević, MAA Inv. No. 24336, purchase, 2014

Curators’ Choice (Acquisitions 2011–2015)