The exhibition of acquisitions presents an insight into one of the most important activities of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the strategy and policy of purchasing the artworks dating from 1900 until today, which have been carried out for the last twenty-five years.
The occasion for the creation of the exhibition Reflections of Our Time is the fact that in the aforementioned period, the museum fund increased by over 1400 works of domestic, regional and European modern and contemporary art. The works were methodically procured through purchases from domestic and international exhibitions held at the Museum, through gifts from artists or their heirs, but also through direct contacts with those artists whose works are key to comprehending and assessing the tendencies of contemporary art. From today’s perspective, this art fund places as one of the most relevant for the study and display of art from Serbia and former Yugoslavia and thus takes on a wider international significance. The tendency to augment the collections with works by foreign artists as well is a part of the vision leading to the creation of a respectable international collection of the Museum in the future.
Covering over two hundred representative works of art, the exhibition points out the two basic concepts in the approach of acquiring museum collections — the historical line of development, which highlights the works relevant to the trends of 20th century modernism on the Yugoslav art scene, and another, which follows regional and European tendencies as well as the dynamics of the contemporary art scene. The presented works were carried out in various media — from drawings, paintings, graphics, sculptures to installations, photographs and videos.
Following a wide range of different artistic expressions, as well as the various phenomena present in art from the beginning of the twentieth century until today, the exhibition is conceived in fourteen thematic segments. The central display at the museum consists of thirteen segments with the fourteenth set up at the Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković Gallery-Legacy.
Authors of the conception: Msc Mišela Blanuša, Dr Rajka Bošković, Svetlana Mitić i Žaklina Ratković
Curator of the exhibition segment in the Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić & Rodoljub Čolaković: Miroslav Karić
As part of the accompanying programme of the opening, the band Naked will play in front of the Museum building.
In accordance with the recommendations made by the Government of the Republic of Serbia and measures aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, visitors are required to properly use safety masks and keep a distance of at least two meters while walking through the exhibition space.