From famous artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Milena Pavlović Barili, to unforgettable Woodstock festival and timeless love stories, the 16th Museum Night will keep visitors wide awake on May 18th all over Serbia.
From 4 pm to midnight, fans of the favorite museum adventure in Serbia will have the opportunity for a sneak peek of the museum collections, to discover new stories in their favorite galleries and to open the door of many other buildings highlighting this years team – The Freedom. On the trail of a continuous artistic struggle for free spaces, this Museum Night will remind us how precious freedom is.
During the Museum Night in Belgrade some of over 60 locations will be open for the audience only for this occasion. One of the most exclusive tours is The Untold stories tour that is traditionally organized in cooperation with national sponsor Viasat History channel. On this tour, visitors will have the chance to feel the atmosphere of freedom characteristic to hippie era and famous Woodstock festival, to find out more about Belgrade from the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, to question everything they know about unique cultural monuments such as old bars, or to enjoy in the free spirit of the Belgrade nightlife in the ‘80s. By playing with superstition, tradition, beauty, and vanity, visitors will explore the magnificent world of mirrors at Ethnographic Museum or they will review artistic freedom at the stage of Bitef Theatre. The Faculty of Music will host a bit different journey behind the scenes.
The National Musem in Šabac prepared for Museum Night the unusual exhibition How We Loved, which tells seven love stories from the past and one from the future related to intriguing items from museum collections. From stories about marital love of Old Romans to specific stories about Šabac, like the one about the painter Stevan Čalić and his wife, the main focus of this exhibition is on various aspects and forms of partnership love.
Laza Kostić Cultural Centre in Sombor in cooperation with the Central European Cultural Centre will have at the Museum Night the premiere opening of the exhibition dedicated to the French impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 25 lithographies and original fashion magazine covers will give a better perspective and opportunity to visitors to find out more about one of the most important postimpressionists, besides Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cézanne.
From Hadrian to humble Sofia exhibition in the National Museum in Veliko Gradište explores from the coin minted on the banks of The Danube during the Roman Empire to the mysterious postcard that traveled more than a hundred years ago from Belgrade to Veliko Gradište. The stories that share these two unusual objects are depicted in a unique way by our famous strip maker Aleksa Gajić. He will present at the Museum Night an unusual strip box for rewinding the entire two millenniums between Hadrian and Sofia.
The exhibition that will mark the Museum Night in Kruševac is Murals that are gone and it questions the artistic and civil freedom. The Artist Association Blue and Gold will try to revive the memory of the Reading Paradise mural, which was painted last summer on High School wall in Kruševac by its talented students. Murals of our famous writers Kiš, Crnjanski, and Dis, were unexpectedly painted over soon after they had been finished. Citizens of Kruševac want to remind others of this noble action, and also, of the struggle for the freedom of artistic expression.
Ruski Krstur will, especially for the Museum Night, open the extraordinary castle from 1913, which was built by mistake in this small village in Vojvodina. At first, it was an elementary school, and now it is the head office of the National Council of Rusyns, so the audience has the opportunity to meet their culture, folk costumes and extraordinary food.
Visitors of the Museum of Health Culture in Niš can see how the patients were treated in the 19th and 20th century, while the Museum Night opens the house of our famous actor Borislav Mihailović Mihiz in Irig. Milena Pavlović Barili Gallery in Požarevac prepared the exhibition Milena’s vision of royal court that displays twelve caricatures made by the artist while she was living in the royal court of her cousin, King Aleksandar Karađorđević.
Viasat History channel is the proud national sponsor of the Museum Night, ten years in a raw. The channel is owned by international media company Viasat World that has over 100 million subscribers, produces and distributes the best quality entertainment program on more than twenty documentary, film, and sports channels, in over 50 countries all over the world. Beside Viasat History, the company is best known in the region for TV channels Epic Drama, TV 1000, Viasat Explore and Viasat Nature.
True friendships should be nurtured, so MTS Company is the special friend/traditional sponsor of Museum Night for 14 years. Also, the Coca-Cola Company and Grafix printing house generously support the event as sponsors.