Sequences. Art of Yugoslavia and Serbia from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art

Oct 20 - Oct 20 2019       Ušće 10

“Sequences” encompasses the period from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, showcasing art created in Yugoslavia and Serbia today. “Sequences” is a historical exhibition that includes contemporary art, with the primary aim of reaffirming MoCAB’s collection and offering a new framework by which to become acquainted with and understand the art made on these territories. The author of the exhibition concept is Dejan Sretenović and curators of the exhibition are Mišela Blanuša, Zoran Erić and Dejan Sretenović.

The exhibition establishes a possible trajectory of movement through the archipelago of 20th century art, bringing new input into the corpus of extant knowledge and writing one version of the history of modern and contemporary art. In keeping with existing epistemological coordinates and analytical matrices, the exhibition brings forth a remapping, correction and revaluation of the 20th century art history, while reinventing some of the neglected and marginalised phenomena.

The exhibition is structured as a series of 18 sequences, freely grouped around a chronological axis following historical shifts in the art of Yugoslavia and Serbia for a period longer than one century. The notion of “sequence” is taken from film terminology, where it stands for a series of scenes, connected by the unity of time or location, forming a distinct narrative unit. Applied here, the notion of sequence is related to artistic currents, tendencies and movements, bound by the unity of time and space, i.e. poetic, linguistic and thematic relatedness. Sequences are spatial-temporal units, based on a dialectical relationship between museum representation as a material practice of arranging objects in space, and art historical narrativisation as a practice of writing which arranges these objects in historical time.

The exhibition is intended for the widest audience and consequently is didactically oriented, but the conception behind it is based on working concepts, methods and models active in contemporary history and the theory of art.

By presenting art from its collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art showcases also its own history, reminding us of the leading role it had in the operationalisation, representation and narrativisation of the Yugoslav art space in the socialist Yugoslavia, and also of the role it performs in Serbia today in bringing together artistic heritage and contemporary art.



Open 10:00-18:00. Closed Tue. Oct 20 2017 - Oct 20 2019
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