PROMETHEANS OF THE NEW CENTURY
The exhibition “Prometheans of the New Century”, inspired by the 60th anniversary of the First Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade, will be opened on September 22, 2021, in the Museum of Yugoslavia. Relations between Yugoslavia and India in the field of art and culture are the focus of the exhibition, as well as the work of Petar Lubarda, one of the most significant Yugoslav painters, who had an important role in presenting Yugoslavia to the non-aligned. The authors of the exhibition are the curators of the Museum of Yugoslavia, Ana Panić and Jovana Nedeljković.
The diversity of the museum fond will give the audiences an opportunity to get more closely acquainted with the Indian culture and the cultural exchange between the two countries. One of the segments of the exhibition will refer to Josip Broz Tito’s visit to India in 1955-1956, which is considered to be the groundbreaking event for defining Yugoslavia’s foreign policy strategy in the direction of non-alignment.
“As one of the main goals of the non-aligned policy was the support of the emancipation from the economic, cultural, and other subordinations of all nations, so was the Yugoslav foreign policy altered in the cultural field, as well as its relations toward the geographically distant, but ideologically close states. Already in the first half of the 1950s the cultural exchange of exhibitions and students began, amongst whom there was a large number of artists whose works we will display on this exhibition for the first time”, the authors explain.
Petar Lubarda is an unavoidable point when discussing the cultural relations of the two countries. The exhibition of his works in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, was one of the main cultural events during the First Conference of the Non-Aligned in Belgrade in 1961, and, for this purpose, the painting Prometheans of the New Century (The Industrialization) was moved to the salon of the National Assembly. It is believed that for this reason Lubarda was invited to a study trip to India in 1963, which left a significant mark on his work.
The audiences will have the opportunity to see Lubarda’s paintings “Awakening of Africa” (1956-1959) and “Prometheus” (1967) from the collection of the Museum of Yugoslavia at the exhibition, while the paintings “The Man and the Beasts” (1964) and “The Bull and a Cloud” (1963) will be displayed thanks to the cooperation with the Heritage House.
The work of a contemporary artist Vladimir Nikolić The Communist Painting in the Times of its Digital Reproduction will also be a part of the exhibition.
“This work will close the exhibition in a symbolic way, by answering the question what happened with modernism, which we were at some point so proud of and showed it to the world, as well as with the values and ideas of non-alignment, anticolonialism, revolutionism and solidarity”, the authors add.
The architecture of the exhibition was designed by Milena Kordić, while Andrej Dolinka was in charge of its graphic shaping and design.
The exhibition will be open until November 14, 2021 and is part of the program realized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information, which marks the 60th anniversary of the First Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade.
The realization has been supported by the Archives of Yugoslavia, the Heritage House, and the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade.
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