Byzantine Architecture as Inspiration for Serbian New Age Architects
August 19 – September 15, 2016
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts – SASA Gallery of Science and Technology
Serbian National Committee for Byzantine Studies
Prof Dr Aleksandar Kadijevic
Ivan R. Markovic
On Friday, August 19, 2016, at the SASA Gallery of Science and Technology (2 Djure Jaksica Street) at 6 p.m. the exhibition titled “Byzantine Architecture as Inspiration for Serbian New Age Architects“ shall be opened.
The exhibition is organized by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts – Gallery of Science and Technology and the Serbian National Committee for Byzantine Studies. The author of the exhibition is Dr Aleksandar Kadijevic, a full-time professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade. The associates in the exhibition organization are Aleksandra Ilijevski and Ivan R. Markovic.
The Serbian National Committee for Byzantine Studies and the Association International des Etudes Byzantines (AIEB) organize this year the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Belgrade titled “Byzantium – a World of Changes“. Within the Congress accompanying events an exhibition shall be organized at the SASA Gallery of Science and Technology titled “Byzantine Architecture as Inspiration for Serbian New Age Architects“. The exhibition shall basically include display boards, original architectural plans, photos, scale models and objects illustrating the work of architects on the revival of the Byzantine style from the end of 18th century to early 21st century on sacred and profane buildings. Analytical reflection to this topic is contained in an extensive bilingual catalogue in the form of a monograph.
The visitors shall have an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the leading supporters of the revival of the Serbian-Byzantine style such as Andrej Damjanov, Svetozar Ivackovic, Petar Popovic, Milorad Ruvidic, Aleksandar Deroko, Momir Korunovic, Grigorije Samojlov and many others. Following the example of their contemporaries from other European cultures, Serbian architects were predominantly inspired by magnificent buildings of Justinian's Golden Age and by certain monuments of the Middle Byzantine Period and the Late Byzantine Period. The same as in the Russian branch of architectural byzantinism, the predominant elements resembled the dome system of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the central inspiration and symbolic legitimacy of renovators' aspirations.
The manner in which the Byzantine heritage motivated Serbian architects primarily depended on the individual understanding of the purpose of their modern revival. Believing that traditional patriarchal culture can be preserved despite comprehensive modernization reforms, for the most fierce advocates of this idea it represented a priority creative goal, whereas to those who were less dedicated to this cause it meant a transitory phase in searching for their own authors' expression.