History of the Collection

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection was named after its benefactor and founder Pavle Beljanski (19 June 1892 – 14 July 1965), a diplomat and a great collector, who, through an agreement with the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in November of 1957, donated his collection of art to Serbian people: paintings, sculptures, tapestries and drawings. He had expanded this valuable Collection throughout most of his life, concluding it with the painting La Grande Iza by Vlaho Bukovac. The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection opened for the public for the first time on 22 October 1961. Until the end of 1970's, the work of the Memorial Collection was oriented towards presentation of the Pavle Beljanski Collection exclusively through the permanent exhibition, Artists' Memorial, Pavle Beljanski Memorial Hall and publishing activities. Interaction with public evolved through art workshops for children in 1979, and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from the Collection have been organized since 1996. In 1999 we started our annual exhibition program and since then expanded our activities with various events (concerts, book promotions, music workshops, movie projections, and guided tours). Following modern trends of representation, in 2004 we introduced a comprehensive web presentation. Since 2006, special programs organized on Thursdays, which are synchronized with the theme of periodical exhibitions and dedicated to individual artists, events or important individuals, lead to an even greater communication with the public. In 2008, the realization of the idea of synchronizing themes of the Gallery Square museums began with the introduction of coordinated interpretation of exhibitions in the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, The Gallery of Matica Srpska and tThe Gallery of fine arts – The Endowment Collection of Rajko Mamuzić Collection. Envisioned as one of the most modern institutions, thanks to its extraordinary collection and associating archives, the Memorial Collection is today conceived as the center of reference for the study of modern Serbian art, and it manages to keep up with the times through attractive programs and various ways of communicating with the public.