MOMA in Belgrade: Yugoslav artwork popular with foreigners

In the last five months since its re-opening, close to 80,000 people have visited the Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade.

The Museum’s Curator, Una Popovic says that the museum is particularly proud of its children’s club because children have become frequent visitors. She adds that visitors from foreign countries are mostly interesting in seeing the art in the Yugoslav context, especially socialist modernism and avant-garde from the 1970s and 1980s.

However, the paintings by Nadezda Petrovic, Milena Pavlovic Barili, and Sava Sumanovic remain the most popular with the visitors. Also, there is a quite a lot interest shown in conceptual art exhibits particularly by Marina Abramovich, Nesa Paripovic, Rasa Teodosijevic and Zorana Popovic.

The renovated building of the Museum of Modern Art was opened on 20th October, 2017, after being closed for 10 years.  Curator Una Popovic says they have visitors of all generations and exhibits for every age and taste, with the Museum particularly focusing on art education for young people. In the last few months, 700 children from elementary students, 1,600 high school students and 450 university students  came to visit the Museum.

Popovic also notes that a number of foreigners came to the Museum. “I see that they are very accustomed to the museums of modern art and know their way around. First and foremost, they like the architecture very much and when I give them tours I can see that they are especially interested in the Yugoslav modernist architecture”, said Popovic and announces Marina Abramovich’s exhibition in the second half of 2019.

(Vecernje Novosti, 26.03.2018)



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