“..just like the Gallery, founded on the best values ​​of the national past, solid in the modern moment and clearly directed towards the future.”

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors decides on the program activities and development policy of the Gallery, adopts its Strategic Plan, Program Activities and Financial Plans, as well as Annual Reports and proposes the candidates for its Director to Matica Srpska.

Branka Kulić, PhD, president

Branka Kulić is an art historian, a museum advisor, former director of the Gallery of Matica Srpska (2002-2010), vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Gallery since 2010, and its president since 2016. She is involved in researching national art history of the 18th century, the history and the art history of the Fruška Gora Monasteries, and cultural heritage in Vojvodina.

Snežana Mišić, PhD, vice president

Snežana Mišić is an art historian, a museum advisor, employed as a program director and the head of the Department of Programs and Presentation of the Gallery. She researches and studies national art and visual culture of the 19th century.

Professor Dragan Stanić, PhD, member

Dragan Stanić is the president of Matica Srpska since 2012 and a professor at the Department of Serbian Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. He is a recognized writer and researcher of Serbian and South Slavic literature through the theory of literature.

Igor Borozan, PhD, member

Igor Borozan is an associate professor at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. His areas of interest and research are European and national art history of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the visual culture of the New Age.

Dobrila Jerkov, member

Dobrila Jerkov is a Bachelor of Laws. She worked as assistant secretary of Matica Srpska from 1976 to 1996, and from 1996 to 2012 as the secretary of the Gallery of Matica Srpska. She was engaged in legal affairs in the field of protection of cultural heritage. Since 2012, she has been an active member of the Board of Directors of the Gallery of Matica Srpska.

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board monitors and supervises the material and financial operations, controls the social and economic expediency and the budget of the Gallery’s funds and takes care of the observance and application of legal regulations.

Professor Lidija Merenik, PhD, president

Lidija Merenik is a professor and director of the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Her areas of interest and research are the 20th century Serbian Modern Art, modernism and postmodernism in the visual art, as well as the connections between art, ideology and politics.

Jelica Grbić, MSc, member

Jelica Grbić has a master’s degree in economics. She is employed at the Matica Srpska Library as the head of accounting – assistant manager for economic affairs. In 2017, she was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Gallery for a four-year mandate.

Danilo Vuksanović, PhD, member

Danilo Vuksanović is a graphic artist, painter, art critic and conservator-restorer of the art fund on paper. He is employed as the program director and the head of the Department of Research and Collection Care of the Gallery of Matica Srpska.

The Management

The Management, headed by the Director, performs management, organizational, professional, and artistic tasks of common interest for the Gallery, at strategic and program level, as well as legal, property and marketing activities.

Director

Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, PhD, museum advisor
(+381) 21 4899026
t.palkovljevic@galerijamaticesrpske.rs

This painting is a symbolic performance of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, for me. It shows a woman dressed in a Serbian civilian costume of the 19th century, looking straight at the observer. She is at the same time patriarchal and bold, conservative, and modern. She enchants and attracts with her beauty and power of her expression just like the Gallery, founded on the best values ​​of the national past, solid in the modern moment and clearly directed towards the future.

She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade in 1999 in art history and continued her master’s and doctoral studies at the same faculty. She defended her PhD at the Department of Museology in 2016 with the dissertation The Gallery of Matica Srpska. An Image of a Cultural Identity through the Presentation of Artworks.

She has been employed at the Gallery of Matica Srpska since 2001, first as a curator for education and PR, and since 2003 as an assistant director. In 2010, the Board of Directors of the Matica Srpska appointed her for the director. She has been successfully running this national museum institution for a whole decade, transforming it boldly into an active and modern museum. She is dedicated to the development of comprehensive cooperation in culture, both in inter-museum cooperation of national institutions and in connecting at the international level. As a result of this dedicated work, numerous exhibitions, educational programs, exchanges, and multidisciplinary cooperation with numerous partners have been created.

In the field of research, she studies national art and visual culture of the 20th century, protection and promotion of cultural heritage and the development of innovative museological approaches. She is engaged in creating the Gallery’s program and publishing activities, developing international cooperation, and positioning the Gallery of Matica Srpska at national and international level. She publishes books, texts in catalogs and articles in professional journals. She also participates in professional conferences and workshops in the country and abroad related to the field of museum management, marketing, and educational programs.

Moreover, she is a member of the Department of Fine Arts of the Matica Srpska and its Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Board of the National Committee of ICOM (International Committee of Museums), actively participates in the work of NEMO (Network of European Museum Organization), ICTOP (International Committee for the Training of Personnel) and the Forum of Slavic Cultures. Since 2012, she has been the national coordinator of the European Museum Academy. Furthermore, she is the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation “Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture”, and a member of the Council of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia for creative industries, since 2018. She is a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, at the Department of Comparative Literature.

She is the winner of numerous awards and recognitions and the holder of the CHEVALIER DE L’ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of France, 2019.

Assistant Manager
Coordinator for International Cooperation

Daniela Korolija Crkvenjakov, PhD, conservator advisor
(+381) 21 4899019
d.crkvenjakov@galerijamaticesrpske.rs

It’s a gentle little painting; in order to show all her beauty, she needs careful conservation care. A magnifying glass is needed to see details such as cracks and other damages.

She graduated from the Faculty of Culture of the University of Podgorica, basic studies of conservation and restoration. Afterwards, she specialized her skills through numerous seminars in the country and abroad. She holds a PhD in multidisciplinary sciences of the University of Belgrade. Since 2001, she has been employed at the Gallery of Matica Srpska. She is engaged in improving of the conservation and restoration methods of easel painting, as well as in the study of materials and techniques in art, especially of icons. She is highly involved in the international cooperation projects. Moreover, she published several monographs and chapters in monographs, as well as many articles in professional journals. She actively participates in expert meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops in the country and abroad in the field of conservation and multidisciplinary sciences. Furthermore, she is an associate of the Department of Fine Arts of Matica Srpska, a member of the National Committee of ICOM Serbia, ICOM-CC, the Society of Conservators of Serbia, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Material dealing with the Study of Cultural Monuments of Vojvodina. Since 2017, she has been an associate professor of conservation at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.

She received numerous decorations and awards, also becoming chevalier of Order of Arts and Letters of the French Ministry of Culture.

Legal Secretary

Nenad Vojnović
(+381) 21 4899012
n.vojnovic@galerijamaticesrpske.rs

I chose to be photographed in front of the portrait of Sava Tekelija in the Salon of the Gallery of Matica Srpska because of several interesting coincidences: legal education, stature, interest in art and dealing with art (I consider myself an unaccomplished painter) and my father’s name is also Sava.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law for Economics and Justice at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad and acquired a title Bachelor of Laws. He continued his professional training in the field of public procurement gaining the Certificate of Public Procurement Office of the Republic of Serbia. Since 2010, he has been employed at the Gallery Matica Srpska as its legal secretary. Within his professional competences, he performs tasks in the field of labor relations, application of legal regulations and normative acts, criminal-legal protection of cultural goods, public procurement, and fire protection. He is a member of the Commission for Professional Exams for employees in museums on the territory of AP Vojvodina.

Business Secretary
Project Coordinator

Lolita Pejović, M.Sc.
(+381) 21 4899023
l.pejovic@galerijamaticesrpske.rs

When I saw the portrait of Katarina S. Karačonji for the first time, I was overshadowed not only by the beauty she radiates but also by her name. I remembered my grandmother’s sister Marija, who bore the same last name and who remained in my fondest memory. Every time I look at this portrait, which exudes elegance and dignity, I am reminded of the beautiful moments of childhood and the values ​​of ancient times, which are less and less present in today’s world.

She graduated from the Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management in Novi Sad University, and earned her master’s degree at the same Department, where she worked as a junior researcher and assistant on the following subjects: Cultural Goods in Tourism, Cultural Tourism Management, Tourism Theory and Tourism Management (2007–2011). She is the author of numerous scientific papers in the field of tourism and cultural tourism and a participant in international conferences and seminars in this field. Since 2011, she has been employed in the Management of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, performing the duties of assistant manager, business secretary, project coordinator, coordinator of protocol and translator. She oversees administration and protocols in the Management, as well as for the coordination of projects and activities related to the work of the Gallery in the country and abroad. She is also studying the subject of museum activities related to the improvement and development of relations with the audience.