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 opulent, 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 must -visit galleries and art spaces in Belgrade.
Let’s start from the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (MoCAB). The museum is located at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers and represents a masterpiece of modernist architecture from 1961. MoCAB is freshly renovated and ready to host major retrospectives and exhibitions.
In the possession of MoCAB there are 3 spaces: The Colakovic legacy, Gallery of Petar Dobrovic, and The Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The first two mentioned Colakovic legacy (architectural masterpiece as well) and Petar Dobrovic gallery are must-visit places if you are interested in Serbian and Yugoslav art and art history. The Salon of MoCAB is located at 14 Pariska St. (Old Town) and exhibits cutting-edge artworks from well-established local and foreign artists.
On Dedinje, near the Colakovic legacy, a genuine art connoisseur would make an effort to visit the house and Legacy of Petar Lubarda– award winning Yugoslav artist from the 20. century. This is a must visit spot if you wish to explore Yugoslav art. Address: 1 Iliciceva St.
Another prominent art institution is KCB (Culture Centre 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. The Cultural Centre art programme gives an insight into the contemporary art scene through regular curated exhibitions of local and international artists. There are two galleries in the same building: Fine Art Gallery and Artget which is focused on photography.
In the main pedestrian street visitors can drop by gallery PROGRES that showcases retrospectives from Serbian and Yugoslav artist, but also more contemporary artists, and ULUS (Association of Serbian Artists) which hosts exhibitions of Serbian artists. Just round the corner is a private museum ZEPTER, which houses Serbian and Yugoslav artists from the second part of 20 century and onward. On Toplicin venac, stands the Museum of Applied Arts that hosts student exhibitions from the University of Arts, as well as from the Faculty of Architecture. The Servantes Institute, the French Cultural Centre and the Goethe institute located in the main pedestrian street are also worth visiting.
We would also like to mention SKC gallery. This is a gallery of the Student Cultural Centre where famous performance artist Marina Abramovic began her career. As well, the hidden gallery in Dom Omladine (Youth Centre) hosts great exhibition from local artists.
In the Upper Dorcol area visitors often come across Culture Centre Parobrod (now it’s called Culture Centre Stari Grad), which is located in the masterpiece from the 1920s. The building is a mixture of Art Deco and Serbian Modernism. The building itself (eng. Steamboat) has a shape of the steamboat, since it was a headquarter of the first Danube steamboat society. The culture centre hosts exhibitions, talks, theater, debates, cinema.
The independent art scene started to develop since the mid-90s in Belgrade! There are plenty of galleries and art spaces that can fill your artistic and aesthetic needs and desires. We would like to point out REMONT gallery, OZON, ZVONO, U10, VITAMIN X, Balkan cinema, Bartselona, Hestia, Eugster II Belgrade, Laufer, November gallery, Culture Centre Grad, Magacin, Ostavinska galerija etc…Those are all galleries and art spaces that explore contemporary art mediums and techniques.
KC Grad is a multi-functional space for various events ranging from parties, concert, art exhibitions, fashion shows, movie projections, workshops etc. In a nutshell it’s a ‘cultural center’, located in a former warehouse dating from 1884, in an inner-city former industrial zone known as Savamala. The club is a favorite haunting place for Belgrade hipsters and art lovers, and in broad daylight it functions as a coffee bar. It is definitely a place worth a visit.
Nova Iskra is the first design incubator in Belgrade. Like the previous places, this one is as well located in Savamala area. When you enter the space in the building (ring Nova Iskra), you feel like in Netherlands (in terms of design, not drugs). Nova Iskra works as a co-working space, space for presentations and debates and commercial agency offering different kinds of design and branding services.
Magacin in Kraljevica Marka is independent culture centre run by a number of different collectives. It’s used for illegal cinema and talks, production, contemporary dance, modern circus, exhibitions, and as a rehearsal space. This culture centre has another art space called Ostavinska, and in this place you can find a number of interesting exhibitions.
Kolektiv (collective of architects) art space includes radio Aparat, working space and a space for exhibitions.
Eugster II Belgrade stands in a converted warehouse in a former industrial area of Palilula. This London like art space offers cutting-edge art from Serbian and foreign art scene.
In New Belgrade we would like to point out Blok gallery in Jurija Gagarina St.
When it comes to alternative spaces and squats Belgrade has it as well!
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, studios, concerts, DJ gigs and live performances.
Ciglana Klub Teške Industrije is located a bit far from the inner-city, in Visnjicka Banja. This huge brownfield was turned into a club, exhibition space (large sculptures and installations) and a concert hall. Ciglana hosts Devet festival focused on art, design, creativity and music every year.
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 Contemporary Art from 1961, 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
Near Belgrade, in a town Kovacica stands famous Gallery of Naive Arts. This can be also interesting destination if you want to escape from the city.
If you wish to explore the creative side of Belgrade book Art, Street art and Creative tours here.