Exhibition dedicated to Academician Mihailo Gavrilović

The exhibition Academician Mihailo Gavrilović – Historian, Archivist, Diplomat opens at the SASA Gallery of Science and Technology on Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. The organizers of the exhibition are the SASA Gallery of Science and Technology, the SASA Branch in NIš, the National Museum, Niš, and the Historical Archives, Niš. The exhibition is scheduled to last until Feb. 28.

Mihailo Gavrilović (Aleksinac, 1868 – London, 1924) was a renowned historian, the first Serbian archivist and the first director of the State Archives of Serbia (founded in 1900). he earned his PhD at the Sorbonne and worked as professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. He served as a diplomat in Cetinje, London and the Vatican and was held in high esteem in international diplomatic circles.

The goal of the exhibition is to shed light on and present to the general public the life and work of this giant of the national history, who, by an unfortunate concurrence of events, is virtually unknown today, particularly to young generations. Visitors will be able to see original archival documents, photographs, letters, and relevant scholarly and specialist publications.

The exhibition will be opened by Academician Ninoslav Stojadinović, President of the SASA Branch in Niš, and the other speakers at the opening ceremony will be Academician Zoran Petrović, SASA Corresponding Member Mira Radojević and Miljana Đorđević, exhibition curator. Texts selected for the occasion will be read by Aleksandar Mihailović, leading actor of the National Theater, Niš.

The exhibition has been prepared by associates of the SASA Branch in Niš, the National Museum, Niš, and the Historical Archives, Niš, as a token of gratitude to and respect for the person and work of Academician Gavrilović, a man with a lifelong attachment to southern and eastern Serbia – by his birth, education, first jobs and subsequent activities.  The exhibition was on display in Niš, at the Sinagoga Gallery, from Oct. 16 to 31 last year.