Authors: art historians Lidija Merenik, PhD, Ana Bogdanović, PhD, and Nevena Martinović
The program of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts ends with a grand retrospective exhibition of works by the painter and academician Marko Čelebonović (1902-1986). The exhibition is organized in partnership with the RIMA Gallery from Kragujevac and in collaboration with the painter’s heirs and the most prominent museums in Serbia.
The exhibition will present Čelebonović’s oeuvre through a selection of his best works from the collections of the National Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the SASA Art Collection, the Gallery of the Serbian Army Club in Belgrade, the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection in Novi Sad, and the National Museum in Kraljevo. A large number of exhibits will include his masterpieces owned by the Čelebonović family and a selection of his works from private collections.
Through a careful selection of Čelebonović’s works – from his earliest paintings and drawings produced in the 1920s, to his emblematic works of Serbian interwar modernism of the 1930s, to his masterful coloristic creations from the 1950s and 1960s, to the so-called “white” paintings, produced during the last two decades of his life – the exhibition will present his creative path in its entirety.
Owing to new insights into Čelebonović’s life and work and new, contemporary interpretations of his oeuvre (presented in a recent monograph on the artist published by the RIMA Gallery), the exhibition, in addition to its retrospective character, will also offer new angles of viewing and understanding the oeuvre of Marko Čelebonović and him as an artist.