The Collection

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, representing total of 185 artworks by 37 artists, consists of some of the most important pieces of Serbian art dating back to the beginning of the 20 th century, with the emphasis on the period between the First and the Second World War. Expanding his collection throughout his entire life, with time Pavle Beljanski had changed its contents in order to make it more complete, explaining its concept: «I have incorporated into my collection only those paintings which represent artists’ intimate experiences, and only if they have used pure artistic expression. That type of expression must be understood, or intuitively felt». According to that criteria, the Collection begins chronologically with paintings by the first generation of modern painters (Nadežda Petrović, Milan Milovanović, Kosta Miličević), and continues on with pieces by the most important representatives of Serbian art from the era between two World Wars (Sava Šumanović, Milan Konjović, Petar Dobrović, Ivan Radović, Jovan Bijelić, Petar Lubarda, Sreten Stojanović, Risto Stijović, etc), together with works by artists from the second part of the 20 th century, who followed the stylistic orientation of the art from the previous period (Zora Petrović, Liza Križanić, Živko Stojsavljević, Milenko Šerban, Ljubica Sokić). When Pavle Beljanski directed his attention to collecting pieces by domestic artists, most of them were young people at the very beginning of their careers. That fact greatly increases the importance of the Collection, because it shows that Pavle Beljanski had the will and the ability to recognize excellence, choosing pieces of art which value will later be confirmed and praised in some of the most important studies on Serbian art from the first half of the 20 th century.
The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection

Through a special agreement with the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina from November of 1957, Pavle Beljanski donated his collection of art to Serbian people: paintings, sculptures, tapestries and drawings.

Artists in the Collection

Pavle Beljanski Collection consists of works of the representatives of national art from the firsh half of the 20th century, especially authors whose work marked the period between two world wars.

Artworks in the Collection

Masterpieces which are a part of the Collection are indispensable in every analysis of artistic tendencies of the modern Serbian art of the 20th century.