From Yugoslav contemporary art in Dedinje and internationally acclaimed artists in the city centre to new media art and design in Savamala, Belgrade is home to a range of contemporary art galleries. The art scene is small but existent, works of Belgrade-based but also foreign artists are displayed in these galleries. Some of them are public institutions such as MOCAB (Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade) and KCB (Cultural Centre Belgrade), whereas others are independent. This is our selection of ten must -visit galleries and art spaces in Belgrade.
Museum of Modern art in Belgrade
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Museum of Contemporary Art, built on the left bank of the river Sava (at the confluence of Sava river and Danube), was open for the public on the 20th October 1965. The building was realized on the basis of the first prize of architects Ivan Antić and Ivanka Raspopović obtained through a public urban-architectural competition. It represents a very significant architectural work of post-war Belgrade. The task of the museum was to follow the development of the Yugoslav contemporary art.
Placed alone in the natural environment, its cubic form, composed out of six cubes with sliced angles for sloping roof surface and covered with glass is merged into an organic honeycomb structured unity, without excessive details. Unique, but specifically complex interior space, with no vertical partitions and corridors, is divided into five exhibition levels which are connected with stairs. With these levels, which are almost permeating one into the other, integration of spaces of different heights into a single unit was successfully implemented. In this way, it is possible that from the higher levels, from different angles, get multitude of views from which to observe the exhibits at the lower levels. The museum collection includes pieces from Serbian and Yugoslav artists from 20 century and beyond.
The Gallery was opened for public in December 1990, and is situated at 2 Rodoljuba Čolakovića Street, a building which is the bequest of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković to the city of Belgrade, which, in turn, conferred its management to MOCAB. The location itself is stunning, the building stands in a delightful Belgrade suburb called Dedinje surrounded by nature and greenery not far from the Museum of Yugoslav History. In the framework of the legacy there is a collection of 92 works by the most renowned Yugoslav artists, and also a collection of antique furniture, Oriental carpets, glassware and porcelain, which complements the overall interior setting.
In 2010, the Gallery was refurbished and was turned into a stunning architectural piece and multi-purpose space designed to host various events and activities. This space operates as a micro-museum dedicated to the realization of diverse programmes from the field of modern and contemporary art, design, architecture, and film. Gallery displayed Yugoslav conceptual artists, Avant-Garde from Dada to Surrealism, Civil Modernism and popular culture, sculptures, graphics and many more.
Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić & Rodoljub Čolaković
2 Rodoljuba Čolakovića St. 11000 Belgrade
SALON OF MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
The Salon stands in the Belgrade downtown and represents an integral part of MOCAB. The Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade was inaugurated in the spring of 1961 at 14 Pariska St. under the name of Modern Gallery. It started off four years before the Museum of Contemporary Art at Ušće was opened. It was the first gallery in Belgrade with permanent exhibition activity and a clearly defined conception. The Salon’s exhibition practice was at all times centred on younger artists and the latest tendencies in the art-world, as well as on presenting the work of prominent foreign artists. Almost all major visual artists from former Yugoslavia had the opportunity to show their work to the Belgrade audience in a solo exhibition. The concept behind the Salon of the MoCAB still revolves around presenting the most up-to-date currents in visual arts, most of all through solo exhibitions of contemporary artists, both national and foreign, but also through organised presentations, panel discussions and lectures. Besides, the Salon is opened for theme-centred exhibitions authored by curators concerned with contemporary tendencies who are given the opportunity to have their projects realized. Thus, the Salon maintains its role of the most prestigious exhibiting space in Belgrade and presents prominent names, such as: Vesna Pavlović, Ljubomir Šimunić, Andreja Kulunčić, Mikrob, etc.
14 Pariska St. 11000 Belgrade
KCB-CULTURAL CENTRE BELGRADE
KCB is a prominent cultural institution supported by the city of Belgrade. Exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures, concerts, numerous music and film festivals take place in this place; books are published and authentic design with a touch of Belgrade are promoted here as well… In its galleries, but also all around the city, the Cultural Centre of Belgrade organizes the most relevant international visual arts exhibition – The October Salon.
Fine Art Gallery, 6 Knez Mihailova St.
The Cultural Centre Belgrade offers varied exhibitions and publishing programme, and is also the organiser of the October Salon, the biggest international art manifestation in Serbia. The Cultural Centre art programme gives an insight into the contemporary art scene through regular curated exhibitions of local and international artists.
Artget Gallery, 5 Trg Republike/1st floor
The Artget Gallery is focused on photography.
Remont is an independent art gallery, located in the downtown of the city, in 7 Maršala Birjuzova Street. A place not to miss out on, on the city’s cultural map that exhibits current art productions and serves as a meeting point for artists, art professionals, cultural workers and the public. Here you can get all the latest information about the local arts scene, as well as useful advice and tips for finding your way in the Serbian capital.
REMONT – Independent Artistic Association
Address: 7 Maršala Birjuzova St. 11000 Belgrade
MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS
Museum of Applied Arts is one of the most visited museums in Belgrade. It is situated in 18 Vuka Karadzića Street, popular Moritz Ise ice cream shop is just round the corner. The Museum hosts a collection of national and international applied art. The exhibiting activity includes thematic presentations and curatorial projects which tend to reflect current events in the area of applied art (ranging from posters to furniture), significant events such as the Architecture Salon and collective presentations of the upcoming designers. The museum also contains a sales space.
Address: 28 Vuka Karadzića St. 11000 Belgrade
U10 ART SPACE
U10 is independent art space formed upon the initiative of Serbian artist Nemanja Nikolić and represents one of the most popular art galleries among younger generations. This gallery hosts young contemporary artists from local and regional scene. Making a link to the necessity of self-organisation in the local context, art space U10 was formed on the initiative of artist Nemanja Nikolić, within which the works of the following authors will be presented and affirmed, at its first exhibition titled10+1. They are Lidija Delić, Nikola Grozdanović, Nina Ivanović, Isidora Krstić, Sava Knežević, Iva Kuzmanović, Ivan Marković, Branko Milanović, Nemanja Nikolić, Petar Sibinović and Marija Šević, who are all found in the period of just graduating from their art studies.
Address: 4 Kosovke Devojke St. 11000 Belgrade
The centre of independent cultural scene Magacin is a multimedia space in which various NGOs and artistic groups are located. It is located in Kraljevic Marko Street, in “Creative District” Savamala. Magacin organises exhbitions, debates, film projections and other cultural and art programmes focusing on the contemporary independent art scene.
Address: 4 Kraljevića Marka St. 11000 Belgrade
NOVA ISKRA DESIGN INCUBATOR
Nova iskra is the first design incubator in the Balkans. When you go inside you get that Dutch feel, since the interior is very remarkable designed by Belgrade-based Petokraka studio. Nova iskra represents a unique meeting point of the emerging creative professionals and forward-thinking individuals in the business. It’s a place where you can catch workshops, lectures, conferences, presentations from both local and foreign professionals, but also rent a co-working space for yourself.
Address: 43 Gavrila Principa St. 11000 Belgrade
MACURA PRIVATE MUSEUM
Serbian architects Ivan Kucina and Nenad Katić, together with an art collector and creator Vladimir Macura, have designed a Museum for the art collection Macura in Novi Banovci, Serbia. Museum Macura is the first designated museum object built in Serbia after the Belgrade’s Museum of Modern Art from 1964, and the Musuem of African Art from 1972. The Museum Macura was opened in May 2008 and represents an important component in Serbian art scene. Museum features the art collection Macura that is one of the largest private collections of modern art in the region of south-east Europe, and comprises the works of 20th century avant-garde artists, with much focus on early 20th century movements such as Dada, Zenithism, Surrealism, Constructivism, Viennese activism and others. It includes painting and sculpture, as well as industrial design. Macura contemporary art collection is complemented by exhaustive original documentation in form of photographs, letters, magazines and artefacts that contribute to better understanding of the artists and movements themselves.
Location: Museum is located in the rural settings on the top of the cliff overlooking the river Danube, in Novi Banovci near Belgrade.
1 Zenit St, Novi Banovci, Serbia
Fri-Sun 10-6 pm /spring-summer
Tel: +381 64 472 96 29 (appointments are required)
This tiny but unique photo gallery is located in Belgrade Design District. It is founded and curated by a Catalan photographer David Pujado. It showcases mostly photography by authors from the Balkans but also from international scene.
Address: Belgrade Design District, Cumicevo Sokace, 1st floor
Parobrod is a cultural center located in the famous historical area of Belgrade called “Dorćol”. It has as its mission to promote, present and produce cultural events, as well as other kinds of communications and interactions. It’s very popular cultural centre these days, and they often host interesting local artists and exhibitions.
Address: 6A Kapetan Mišina St. 11000 Belgrade
Prozor is a contemporary art gallery mostly focused on creativity of young authors. Their program includes live performances, music events, exhibitions, debates, presentations and digital meetings with the aim of improving and decentralizing town’s cultural scene, but also connecting young authors and promoting interdisciplinary approach to artistic production and interpretation.
Address: 9 Koce Popovica St.
Group of young enthusiast established Kvaka 22 in 2015. This empty and neglected space was accidentally discovered by one of the guys from the group. After the squatters who lived there left 22 door handles (Kvaka) were missing from the doors and that fact triggered the idea for the name of the space. Kvaka’s programme includes art exhibitions, Kvaka 22 museum with exhibits from the period of former SFR Yugoslavia, concerts, DJ gigs and live performances.
Address: 39 Ruzveltova St.
CIGLANA KLUB TESKE INDUSTRIJE
For the end we would like to mention Ciglana Klub Teške Industrije, which is located a bit far from the inner-city in Visnjicka Banja. This huge brownfield was turned into a club, exhibition space and a concert hall. Ciglana hosts Devet festival focused on art, design, creativity and music every year.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.