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History = Second-Hand Future


The exhibition History = Second-Hand Future by the artist Vladimir Perić, who represented Serbia at this year’s Venice Biennale and the curator Milica Stojanov will be opened on December 18th at 6 pm at the Museum of Yugoslav History.

The exhibition will showcase a selection of items from the collections of the Museum of Childhood: photographs, autograph books, Donald Duck toys, made by the Yugoslav factory “Biseka”, a record with children’s music from the 1960s. The selection is a result of a joint interpretation of the artist and the curator, viewing the exhibits both as testimony to the past and as material for artistic creation.

Vladimir Perić launched his ten-year project the Museum of Childhood in 2006, having spent a decade working as a member of the group Talent Factory. The curator, Milica Stojanov joined the project at a later stage.

The Museum of Childhood explores, systematizes and interprets items that are a testimony to childhood (packaging, toys, books, clothing, photographs, etc. mostly found at flea markets) that are primarily related to the social and cultural domain of the former Yugoslavia. However, they also have a universal value that can be appreciated even without the knowledge of the historical and cultural connotations. The Museum of Childhood examines the complex notion of childhood and the related categories, such as memory, identity, intimate and collective narratives, by adopting the approach based on museology and anthropology, combined with the author’s unique take on the subject that manifests itself in collector’s passion, an interpretation imbued with artistic contemplation and the personal attitude of the author towards childhood. For now, the museum exists as a virtual entity and its collections are presented to the audience in the form of exhibitions, lectures and presentations. It is planned that the collection, consisting of several thousand items, that Perić has collected over the last two decades should be housed in the real, physical space of the Museum of Childhood from 2016 onwards.

The exhibition History = Second-Hand Future, re-examines the intricate relationship between childhood, the past and the future through different fragments, in view of the artist’s basic premise, namely, that completeness is non-existent, both as far as the material nature of things and the writing of history are concerned. History is always compiled and modified using fragments of the past and this is always done from the point of view of the future.

About the author:

Vladimir Perić (1962) studied graphics and photography at the Faculty of Applied Art and Design in Belgrade. His works have been shown at solo and group exhibitions, under the pseudonym of Talent and as a member of the Talent Factory art group. His work has been published in the magazines, Domus, How, Graphics International, Blue, European Photography, Kvadart, Eterna, Reč, New Moment, Remont Art Magazin…He is the winner of the 2006 Politika prize, awarded by the Vladislav Ribnikar foundation for the exhibition “Made in Yugoslavia”, held at the Haos art gallery in Belgrade. Together with Miloš Tomić, Vladimir Perić represented Serbia at the 55th Venice Biennale with the exhibition There is Nothing between Us.

The exhibition at the Museum of Yugoslav History will be open until January 12th, 2014, every day, except on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The events accompanying the exhibition will include guided tours, discussions with the authors and meetings with the people willing to donate things to the Museum of Childhood.


Authors of the exhibition: Vladimir Perić, artist and Milica Stojanov, curator

The Origins: The Background for Understanding the Museum of Yugoslavia

Creation of a European type of museum was affected by a number of practices and concepts of collecting, storing and usage of items.

New Mappings of Europe

Museum Laboratory

Starting from the Museum collection as the main source for researching social phenomena and historical moments important for understanding the experience of life in Yugoslavia, the exhibition examines the Yugoslav heritage and the institution of the Museum