Dedinje is known to be not just historical, but also an up-scale area of Belgrade. It extends over the slopes of the Topčider Hill and belongs to the municipality of Savski Venac. The expansion of the settlement begins after the First World War, and is intensified during the construction of the Royal Compound of Karadjordjevic family from 1924-1936. Many wealthy Belgraders: industrialists, bankers, traders, politicians start building luxurious summerhouses, and eventually real family villas.
Dedinje includes the Tito’s mausoleum which is a part of the Museum of Yugoslav History and a post-war residential area.
In this tour visitors will get to know more about the history of Dedinje and specific architecture of villas from the period of the Kingdom of Serbia, as well as from the period of Communism. In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to take a guided tour in the Gallery-Legacy of Petar Lubarda and Gallery-Legacy of Colakovic.
Gallery-Legacy of Peter Lubarda
Gallery-Legacy of Peter Lubarda is located in a villa built between the two world wars and includes one of the most important collections of Lubarda’s paintings. The painter Petar Lubarda (1907-1974) was the most recognizable Yugoslav artist and a symbol of post-war Yugoslavia. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Lubarda’s works from his mature stage and get an insight into his opus. Among his other paintings, there is a famous painting Battle for Kosovo – which was painted in over thirty variants, Man and Beasts, another famous painting in a few variants as well, and Prisoner, which is the oldest painting from 1942 collection, created during his prison days in a German concentration camp.
The Legacy now contains 27 original paintings, 9 drawings, valuable furniture as well as Lubarda’s and his wife’s personal belongings.
Gallery-Legacy of Rodoljub Colakovic
Rodoljub Colakovic was a controversial Yugoslav politician of a Serbian descent from Bosnia, who advocated for the abolition of monarchy and assisted the establishment of the communist regime in the thirties. After the Second World War he became a part of the socialist establishment.
After his death, a villa where he lived was donated to the city of Belgrade, and now belongs to the Contemporary Art Museum. The gallery opened to public back in the 80s and includes a collection of 92 artworks from the most famous Yugoslav artists, as well as oriental carpets, porcelain, glass and pieces of stylish furniture.
The building was reconstructed in 2010 and was transformed into a multi-functional space for various programs.
– lasts for 3 hours
– walking tour
– available in English and Serbian
– price: 25 euros per person
– additional costs such as admission fee for the Gallery of Petar Lubarda are not included in the price
– one free drink
–book a tour any time, there are no precise schedules to follow
– free entrance to Colakovic legacy/400 RSD ticket for Lubarda legacy
– make a reservation by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.