Paja Jovanović and Gustav Klimt. One epoch, two artists, three museums
How do we see today the epoch that marked the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century? What are the similarities between two seemingly different artists – one from Vienna, and the other from Vršac, and how did they connect three museums in one exhibition space? The answers to these questions will be given by a new exhibition in The Gallery of Matica Srpska, which has been attracting great public interest since the beginning of the year.
The exhibition Paja Jovanović and Gustav Klimt. One epoch, two artists, three museums will present three female portraits, one from the collection of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, one from Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and one from Galerie Belvedere Vienna. These three carefully selected works, from which two will be exhibited in Serbia for the first time, point to the similarities and differences between great artists, talk about the social context in which they were created and, at the same time, connect three museum collections they belong to. For the first time, the works of Paja Jovanović and Gustav Klimt will be brought together in the exhibition space of The Gallery of Matica Srpska, initiating dialogues not only about their artistic development, but also about the ties between Serbian and Austrian culture in the year that precedes the celebration of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Austria.
The exhibition Paja Jovanović and Gustav Klimt. One epoch, two artists, three museums is accompanied by a trilingual catalog of the same name that includes introductory texts of Maja Gojković and Dr. Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, a discussion text by Dr. Snežana Mišić, museum adviser, and “occasionally true stories” by Nikola Ivanović, MA, curator in the text called In Oskar Huter’s Hat Salon.
The realization of this project was made possible by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, the Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade, UNIQA Insurance, OTP Bank Serbia and DDOR Insurance.
Media partners of the exhibition are JMU Radio-television Vojvodina, Radio 021, Naxi Planeta radio, Radio Beseda, Color Press Group, Kulture.rs, TV Pančevo/Dunav TV and Ringier Serbia doo – Blic.