Matrix. Monology of Danilo Vuksanović

Celebrating of The Day of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, the exhibition Matrix. Monology of Danilo Vuksanović has been opened, presenting the collection of matrixes seen through the eyes of a contemporary artist Danilo Vuksanović. The author questions the life of museum objects and points out the importance of symbols of past as models for artistic creation at present time, merging and opening a space for uninterrupted communication and connection between past and present.

Danilo Vuksanović, a painter, a conservator-restorer, and a museum thinker, as a starting point of his doctoral thesis exhibition, chose an unknown and not classified collection of matrices from the Gallery’s fund. Dedicated to the life of museum objects, the way they are exhibited  and interact with the audience, as well as to creative processes of contemporary artworks through a dialogue with the past, he created this unique exhibition Matrix, presenting his observations, reflections, and perceptions in public.

Besides original matrices, thematically connected with the history and activites of Matica Srpska, the exhibition displays their reinterpretations – new artworks created through citation and appropriations. The central showpiece is a matrix of the drawing by Uroš Predić, presenting a caricature of Laza Kostić surrounded by depiction of famous people (Sava Tekelija, Franja Malin, Uroš Predić i Sava Šumanović) and by the most representative artworks from the Gallery’s collection (St. Sava with Serbian Saints from the House of Nemanjici, Virgin Marry from Sivac Monastery, Virgin Marry from Bezdin Monastery). The exposed paintings, objects, drawings, animation/music, installation of the lockers for matrices show materialized reflexive comments, that do not imitate the original matrix as a carrier of image information. These artworks are references, supplements, new readings of old meanings, but also reanimations of secondary forms of masterpieces.

The doctoral exhibition Matrix. Monology of Danilo Vuksanović strives to revalue the “unacknowledged” museum collection by artistic means, to reconsider the processes of transmission and creation of narratives and ideas in the museum and artistic context, and to point out by its inter-medial concept that in the contemporary art, sovereign authorship in its traditional sense has actually disappeared.

During the exhibition, an accompanying program will be available containing guided tours and lectures, to present to wider audience the author’s idea and the collection itself seen through contemporary art lenses.  Find a more detailed program in the Event Browser.

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


Starts: 24. October 2020.
Ends: 04. April 2021.



Exhibition Rooms 'Milivoj Nikolajević', The Gallery of Matica Srpska


  • Suitable for: All ages