The collection of prints represents a systematic insight into the Serbian and Yugoslav graphic art in the period from 1900 until today.
The collection consists of 1880 graphic sheets, which help us scrutinize various processes characteristic of the development of this art in the 20th century, from the surpassing of the notion of print as a “noble craft”, to the emergence of the “combined technique”, to the change of the status of graphic imprint due to the emergence of the digital reproduction techniques. The most distinctive part of the collection represents the print production published in avant-garde magazines (Zenit, Dada Tank, Ut) during the 1920s (Mihailo Petrov, Avgust Černigoj), as well as political prints between two world wars, which expresses progressive socio-political attitudes and stands for one of the leading art forms of that period (Sergije Glumac, Marijan Detoni, Krsto Hegedušić, Đorđe Andrejević-Kun, Pivo Karamatijević and others). As for the second half of the 20th century, the collection observes the most relevant tendencies (graphic of the “Belgrade Circle”, Neoconstructivism) and individual opuses of Marko Krsmanović, Bogdan Kršić, Miroslav Šutej and others.
The collection of drawings is comprised of 1345 works of Serbian and Yugoslav artists from the beginning of the 20th century up until today. The collection is given a special significance by the visual experimentation of Belgrade surrealists (drawings, collages, assemblages, decalcomania, cadavre exquis), the examples of constructivist art (A. Černigoj, E. Stepančič), as well as the drawings by Sava Šumanović, Petar Dobrović, Ivan Radović i Dušan Janković. The most prominent works from the second half of the 20th century come from artists who paid special attention to drawing as a media per se – Ivan Tabaković, Leonid Šejka, Dado Đurić, Vladimir Veličković, Dragan Lubarda, Radomir Reljić, Bora Iljovski, Dušan Otašević, Stojan Ćelić.
The collection of foreign prints is comprised of 323 works of art. The creation of this collection was initiated by the graphic works of Jacques Villon and Albert Gleizes, which the Museum obtained as a gift from the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1965 on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The collection has further been complemented through the cooperation with galleries, publishing houses, graphic studios and manifestations. The collection features sheets and drawings by many famous 20th century artists: Joan Miro, Antoni Tapies, Hans Hartung, Adolph Gotlieb, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Richard Hamilton, Max Bill, Josef Albers, Lucio Fontana, Victor Vasarely, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Piero Dorazio, Michelangelo Pistoleto, Frank Stella and others.