DEC. 13, 2017 – MARCH 4, 2018

The exhibition, STOJAN NOVAKOVIĆ AND HIS AGE, is organized by the SASA Gallery and the Archives of Serbia on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the birth of Stojan Novaković, one of the most prominent figures in Serbian educated circles of the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The exhibition is divided into six main sections.

The first section contains personal documents of Stojan Novaković related to his education in Šabac and Belgrade and his first job.

Displayed in the second section are documents related to his scholarly and cultural activities. The contribution of Stojan Novaković to Serbian historiography and philology is displayed in the form of articles, studies and monographs. Also presented are his activities as President of the Serbian Royal Academy and as one of the founders and first presidents of the Srpska književna zadruga (Serbian Literary Cooperative) publishing house.

The third section encompasses Novaković’s political activities as minister of education and minister of internal affairs, and also as one of the founders of the Progressive Party and its leader in the early 20th century.

The fourth section is related to his diplomatic service as Serbia’s envoy to Istanbul, Paris and Saint Petersburg and his role as the head of the Serbian delegation at the London Peace Conference of 1912-1913, which ended the First Balkan War.

The fifth section presents Stojan Novaković as a statesman. He was prime minister on two occasions: in 1895-1896 and in 1909, during the Annexation Crisis, when he was at the head of a concentration government.

The sixth section encompasses the rich correspondence between Stojan Novaković and the most prominent figures from Serbian political, scientific and cultural life in the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, and also between him and foreign scholars.

Authors of the exhibition: Academician Mihailo Vojvodić and Aleksandar Marković