Belgrade art and culture hidden gems to visit this winter - Private tours

Belgrade art and culture hidden gems to visit this winter

In the year of the unprecedented spotlight on female artists around the globe, Belgrade is warming up for the retrospective of Marina Abramović in September 2019.

While it’s still freezing outside, visit the four exhibitions that honor women in one or another way.

The venues themselves are worthy a visit. They tell stories of private and public life, society and culture in Belgrade in various epochs.

Show of woman surrealist at unique historic home

Start at the House of Jevrem Grujić, that has seen a lot of history and preserved the original interiors and artifacts. Here you can see the show of Milena Pavlović Barilli until 31 March. Milena was a surrealist and a fashion illustrator for the American Vogue in the 1930ies.

Milena Pavlović Barilli, Self-portrait, 1929

Those with sweet tooth will be delighted to taste the chocolate cake, made after the original recipe from the end of 19th century. It was served every time Queen Natalija Obrenović would come for tea.

Portrait of Queen Natalija Obrenović by Steva Todorović, around 1886, dubbed Serbian Mona Lisa

Where: 17 Svetogorska St.

When: Thu – Fri 3pm – 8pm, Sat – Sun 11am – 4pm

Postwar and contemporary art collected by female patron

This venue tells a different story. Originally a bank building in 1920s, it now belongs to the Serbian power couple with international business empire. Zepter Museum holds an outstanding collection of Serbian and Yugoslav postwar and contemporary art.

Besides the permanent exhibition, visit the current solo show of Rada Selaković, until 10 February. Rada was a prominent Belgrade artist from the 80ies to 00ies.

Rada Selaković, Swim in the mirror, my darling (detail), 1986

All three Serbian female artists we mentioned have New York City in their biographies! What an interesting coincidence.

Where: 42 Kneza Mihaila St.

When: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 10am – 8pm, Thu and Sat 12pm – 10pm

Largest collection of orthodox icons

Sekulić is the largest collection of orthodox icons you can see at one place in Serbia. It is the legacy of the architect Milan Sekulić who designed the building and his wife Pava. Milan and Pava  were passionate collectors. They lived in the apartment where the collection is displayed.

Detail of display at Sekulić Collection of Icons in Belgrade

The icons range from 15th to 20th century Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Greece and Russia.

Where: 5 Uzun Mirkova St.

When (by appointment): Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 2pm

Female portraits in elegant historic setting

Paja Jovanović (1859-1957) was a prolific Serbian artist who lived mainly in Vienna. Jovanović was famous for his historical compositions and portraits commissioned by the rich.

Currently we’re seeing his works sought-after at international auctions. This renewed interest in “orientalists” is driven by Arab collectors.

Detail from Paja Jovanović Museum, photo by Vladimir Popović – Muzej Grada Beograda

However, this little Museum, tucked in the artist’s Belgrade apartment, displays interesting female portraits. The artist’s beloved young wife, the Viennese Muni, and the Yugoslav Queen Marija Karađorđević (grand grand daughter of Queen Victoria), among others.

Where: 21 Kralja Milana St.  

When: Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 2pm

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