Director’s Foreword

Director’s Foreword

Since the day it opened its doors to the public, The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection was a place of gathering of art connoisseurs, researchers, artists, diplomats, as well as the traditional art lovers and enthusiasts. Pavle Beljanski’s collection itself was enough to draw their attention and based on works it contained, it earned the name of the most wholesome and most significant collection of modern Serbian art. In the meantime, almost 50 years have past since October 1961 when the first guests had seen the exhibition during the grand opening ceremony, and many things have changed, most of all people’s habits. Television entered every home, then computers, and Internet. Works of art which could only have been seen and analyzed under the protection of gallery walls now can be studied in one’s own home. Is there any better proof of it than this site? It is the answer to the question we’re asking ourselves: why would anyone come to the Memorial Collection, if they can see anything there is to see from the comfort of their own homes? But what is it that is missing to make the Internet visit to the exhibition complete? The answer is: live communication. Interactive feeling the visitor can experience only in real space, by choosing the direction of his inquiry and taking advantage of the possibility of getting all the answers in one place. What is missing is the impression of the way the individual work of art is influenced by the context of art exhibition, guided tours, film projections, comparison with literature, music, and other visual arts – the interdisciplinary view of the entire era. That is why in 1999 we introduced the practice of organizing exhibitions in which we presented the artists and their work, the spirit of the first half of 20th century, collectors and their collections. We finally presented Pavle Beljanski himself, to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude for enabling us to enjoy his magnificent collection. We also published the guide through the permanent exhibition of the Pavle Beljanski Collection. Finally, we are publishing the Memorial Collection Monograph, first one after exactly 30 years. This book will present to the visitors the artists, their work, the building itself and the life of Pavle Beljanski collection from it’s founding to the present day. The luxuriously bound monograph, packed in a decorative box, designed for readers who remain faithful to the classic book and like the feel of its weight in their hands. The compact disc is meant for visitors who prefer more modern and practical approach. Be that as it may, both categories of readers should be motivated to come and personally visit the exhibition gallery on Trg galerija in Novi Sad before they focus their attention on the contents of the book.