The library fund of the Matica Srpska Gallery has about 11,500 items: monographic publications, exhibition catalogs and periodicals, in Serbian and foreign languages. In addition to numerous publications important for the study of national art from the Middle Ages to the present day, the library also includes titles from general and European art history. The specialized library also contains over 250 editions published by the Gallery of Matica Srpska during its long duration. In addition to works on Serbian art of recent times created as a result of research and work of the curator and conservator of the Gallery, studies by prominent experts and art historians are also published.
The archive materials of the Gallery of Matica Srpska are an invaluable resource for the national history of art and culture. Decades of professional work on the study, protection and presentation of works of national art have resulted in extensive documentary material, not only on objects from the collection of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, but also on many other works of art that had been studied, preserved and exhibited in numerous cooperation projects with other museums, churches and private owners.
The archive materials are organized in several segments: inventory cards, photo library, documentation on exhibition activity, conservation documentation and professional archive. A special part of the Gallery’s archive consists of photo documentation (negatives and positives on various media and digital photographs), as well as of printed visual material on exhibitions organized in the Gallery of Matica Srpska from 1927 until today.
The Gallery of Matica Srpska began the process of digitization and the formation of the collection database in 2010, when over 9,500 inventory cards of artworks were transferred to digital format. Since then, the electronic database had been supplemented with new data by processing individual collections, as well as digital cataloging of acquisitions. The database consists of electronic inventory cards with data on the object, digital photography of the object, scanned old inventory cards and other accompanying documentation on the artwork and its origin.
The electronic database enables easy and fast search of the entire collection of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, that can be performed only in the Gallery, upon request and with the approval of the management.
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By giving loans of artworks from the collection to other museums, we fulfil one of our basic missions, and that is to present the national artistic heritage outside our city and country.
By lending the artworks of the Gallery we:
- make the GMS collection more accessible and visible
- attract new audiences to the GMS artworks
- support exhibitions important for the history of art and culture
- nurture good relations with other museums, galleries and related institutions
The loan of the artwork for exhibition is possible through an official request to the postal or electronic address of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, addressed to the Director of the Gallery of Matica Srpska.
Conditions for exhibitions in the GMS
The artworks in the Gallery of Matica Srpska are kept following the standards of their exhibition and conservation. During the past years, the adaptation of the building, the modernization of the exhibition space and the professional training of the employees enabled more active inter-museum cooperation at national and international level. Thus, the Gallery presents works from the National Gallery of Umbria, the East Slovak Museum in Košice, the collection of the British Council, Jeu de Paume Gallery in Paris, as well as numerous museums in Serbia.
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