BETWEEN MITH AND REALITY
From 5th of April to 21st of June, 2019
Đura Jakšić and his artistic creation have brought together two national museum institutions – the Gallery of Matica srpska and the National Museum in Belgrade – which have jointly realized the exhibition dedicated to the artist whose literary and visual artworks marked the Serbian art and culture of the 19th century.
The exhibition was opened on Friday, the 5th of April, at 20.00 in the Gallery of Matica srpska. The opening speeches were held by Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, PhD, the director of the Gallery of Matica srpska, Bojana Borić Brešković, MA, the director of the National Museum in Belgrade, Snežana Mišić, PhD, the author of the exhibition, as well as Vladan Vukosavljević, the minister of culture and information of the Republic of Serbia, who indicated that this exhibition is a great opportunity to look at the most valuable Serbian artistic heritage once again, because the view on past is not a firmly established relation and that every new generation creates its own perspective on it.
The opening of the exhibition was enhanced by the presence of the president of The Government of the Province of Vojvodina, Igor Mirović, the assistant to the provincial secretary for relations with religious communities Miroslav Ilić, the president of the Matica srpska Dragan Stanić, PhD, the director of the Library of Matica srpska Selimir Radulović, the first adviser to the French Embassy in Belgrade, Mr. Nicolas Faye and his wife, as well as large number of colleagues and friends of the Gallery of Matica srpska.
Over 40 artworks of Đura Jakšić at one place
The exhibition presents over 40 artworks of Đura Jakšić from various collections – collection of the Gallery of Matica srpska, National Museum in Belgrade, Museum of Yugoslavia, City Museum of Belgrade, National Museum in Zrenjanin, National Museum in Kragujevac, National Museum of Montenegro in Cetinje, The City Government of Belgrade, Monastery of Grgeteg and Vraćevšnica, Serbian Orthodox Church in Srpska Crnja, as well as a private collection. Through a comprehensive review, three thematic units of artist’s work are pointed out – portrait, religious and historical painting – accompanaied by the story of life journey of Đura Jakšić, his artistic and ideational formation. Among the exhibited works, the exhibition presents one privately owned painting which has never been publicly displayed before, representing a novelty in the study of Jakšić’s work. Moreover, the artistic work of the painter is enriched by literary pieces and archive documents – letters, photographs and manuscripts from the collection of the Matica srpska, the City Museum of Belgrade and the Library of Matica srpska. All the exhibited objects show the verbal and visual permeation in Jaksić's artistic opus, which is recognized as one of the most complex in the Serbian environment where such an interweaving of artistic and literary expression occurred, and furthermore which is one of the peculiarities and values of his work. Thanks to this, visitors can have more complete perception and understanding of Đura Jakšić and his artistic creativity, as well as his position in Serbian culture and art.
The author of the exhibition is Snežana Mišić, PhD, museum advisor of the Gallery of Matica srpska. The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue in Serbian and English language Ђура Јакшић. Између мита и стварности / Đura Jakšić. Between Myth and Reality, which consists of the main text, chronology and preview of exhibited works.
The work of Đura Jakšić seen in new media
An important part of the exhibition is a multimedia presentation of the iconostasis from the Church of St. Procopius the Great Martyr in Srpska Crnja, which represents the first large-scale artistic work of young Đura Jakšić. In cooperation with the Faculty of Technical Science in Novi Sad – Department for Animation in Engineering and Department for Theory and Interpretation of Space in Architecture and Urbanism, and thanks to contemporary technology, visitors are able to see this artwork of Đura Jakišić. Moreover, in cooperation with Studio 360, the exhibition is available as virtual walk to broader audience in high quality form empowered by three dimensional experiences.
During the exhibition visitors will have a chance to…
The exhibition includes a variety of accompanying programmes: guided tours and lectures, educational programmes and creative workshops for children and young people, as well as screening of the documentary film " Days of Đura Jaksic in Novi Sad" in the production of Radio Television of Vojvodina, which is made for the exhibition. Throughout the exhibition, a special programme "Guest Painting" will be organized – the audience in Novi Sad will have the chance to see during weekend (May, 18–19) in the Gallery of Matica Srpska, the best-known portrait of Djura Jakšić The Girl in Blue and at the same time the audience in Belgrade will be able to see in the National Museum the famous painting Sulking Girl by Uroš Predić. Displaying the masterpieces in partner institutions, it is pointed out the importance and value of inter-museum cooperation at national level.
Fridays at 19.00
April, 12th: Guided tour of the exhibition Đura Jakšić. Between Myth and Reality by the author (Snežana Mišić, PhD)
April 19th: Đura Jakšić, Patriotic Poetry: History and Myth (Milan Micić, PhD)
May 3rd: Between Past and Actuality – Historical Painting by Đura Jakšić (Snežana Mišić, PhD)
May 10th: Artist in the Service of Dynastic Propaganda: Đura Jakšić and the Serbian Dynasty in the middle of the 19th century (Prof. Igor Borozan, PhD)
May 17th: Kad bi moma zvezda bila (Prof. Mirjana D. Stefanovic, PhD)
May 24th: Novi Sad cafes – Serbian Intelligence in the 19th century (Zoran Knežev)
May 31st: Pigments on Đura Jakšić’s paintings (Daniel Korolija Crkvenjakov, PhD)
June 7th: The Mythical Image of the Hero – Bajo Pivljanin (Danilo Vuksanović, MA, verses read by Lazar Jovanov)
June 14th: The first modern: Đura Jakšić and the Creation of a Myth about a Fake Artist (Prof. Igor Borozan, PhD)
June 21st: Guided tour of the exhibition Đura Jakšić. Between Myth and Reality by the author (Snežana Mišić, PhD)
Saturdays and Sundays at 13.00 and 17.00 - guided tours of the exhibition
Every Saturday from 11.00 to 12.30 - creative workshops for children
Educational programme for elementary school children
Educational programme for secondary school and university students
The realization of the exhibition was supported
The cooperation between two oldest national museum institutions - the Gallery of Matica Srpska and the National Museum in Belgrade was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, that enabled the realization of the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue.
Museum institutions (Museum of Yugoslavia, Museum of the City of Belgrade, National Museum of Zrenjanin, National Museum in Kragujevac, National Museum of Montenegro in Cetinje), Serbian Orthodox Church (monasteries Grgeteg and Vraćevšnica, Serbian Orthodox Church in Srpska Crnja), the Matica srpska and the Library of Matica srpska, supported the realization of the exhibition by providing the artworks, archival material and publications for exhibitions from their collections.
The exhibition was supported by various media and marketing companies: Radio Television of Vojvodina, Radio Television of Serbia, Maxim & Co, Soho Advertising Solutions, Color Press Group, Politikin zabavnik, Radio Belgrade, Radio Novi Sad, Radio Beseda, Radio 021, Naxi Planeta Radio, Radio AS FM.
Numerous associates also helped the realization the exhibition: Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbian National Theater, Lazar Jovanov, Pastry Shop "Vremeplov" from Novi Sad, Eugen Chocolate, Novi Sad Volunteer Service and Verkat.VineryThe exhibition it the Gallery of Matica srpska will last until the 21st of June, 2019. After that, it will be presented at the National Museum in Belgrade from the 28th of June to the 15th of September, 2019.