biennale of contemporary church art: finalist

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Biennale of Contemporary Church Art with her artwork ‘Fragments II Brisbane: Serbian Monastery VII’. Klačar-Nedimović’s digital print, along with other finalists, is on display at the Art Pavilion ‘Cvjeta Zuzorić’, Kalemegdan, Belgrade.

The judges were Slobodan Kajtez (Faculty of Applied Arts Professor), Goran Jović (Faculty of Fine Arts), Miroslav Lazović (Faculty of Applied Arts Professor / President of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia), Todor Mitrović (Professor at the Serbian Orthodox Church) and Goran Radenković (Theologist & Professor).

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Biennale of Contemporary Church Art Exhibition: 20 March – 1 April 2018

Exhibition Opening 20 March 2018.

Featured artwork Fragments II: Belgrade, Fragment III


The digital print ‘Fragment III’ from the series ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’  depicts the House of Julka Garašanin.


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House of Julka Garašanin, 43 Knez Mihailova

The house of Julka Garašanin was built in the 1870s, it is considered a significant example of 19th century romanticism in architecture of Belgrade. The architect of the building remains unknown.

Julka Garašanin received this house from her father as a dowry. Julka came from a 19th century upper class family in Belgrade, her brother Tihomir Marković was a governor of the National Bank and her husband was Colonel Milutin Garašanin. This house was one of the three houses that were bought by the richest man in Serbia of that time, Vlada Mitić, who at this place made his department store.

Credit: Đurić-Zamolo, Divna. Graditelji Beograda, 1815-1914. Muzej Grada Beograda, 2011.

Fragmenti II: Beograd, Fragment III prikazuje kuću Julke Garašanin


Grafika ‘Fragment III’ iz serije ‘Fragmenti II: Beograd’, prikazuje kuću Julke Garašanin. 



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Kuća Julke Garašanin, Knez Mihailova br. 43.

Kuća Julke Garašanin je sagradjena oko 1870. Smatra se kao jedna od značajnijih gradjevina  romantičarskog stila u Beogradu iz 19. veka, čiji autori nisu poznati. 
Julka Garašanin je kuću dobila od oca u miraz. Julka potiče  iz imućne srpske porodice iz 19. veka, njen brat Tihomir Marković je bio guverner Narodne Banke a njen  muž je bio Pukovnik Milutin Garašanin. Ovo je jedna od tri kuce koje je  otkupio, tada  možda najbogatiji među Srbima, Vlada Mitić, koji je na ovom mestu napravio svoju robnu kuću.

Referenca: Đurić-Zamolo, Divna. Graditelji Beograda, 1815 – 1914. Muzej Grada Beograda, 2011.

brisbane art prize 2017: finalist

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović is a finalist in the 2017 Brisbane Art Prize alongside local, national and international artists. Vesna’s digital print ‘Walkabout: Australian White Ibis’ is on display at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from 5-28 October. 

Brisbane Art Prize is an annual international art competition and exhibition that features paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and sculpture, attractracting thousands of art lovers.

Brisbane Art Prize Exhibition Opening:
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley, 12 October, 6:30pm

Exhibition: 5 – 28 October 2017

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VOTE for ‘Walkabout: Australian White Ibis’ for the People’s Choice Award. 

impressions 11

exhibition “impressions 11” @ impress printmakers studio & gallery, subART station, brisbane

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Impress Printmakers Studio Members Exhibition Impressions 11 (6 July – 30 July) is an exhibition of fine art prints, drawings and artist books by emerging and established artists.

The exhibition Impressions 11 features Vesna Klačar-Nedimović’s digital print Fragments III from the travelling series Fragments II: Belgrade

Exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ on during Belgrade Manifest

Belgrade manifest is a large family festival promoting Serbia and its picturesque destinations. 

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović’s exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ promoting Belgrade is on display at the Sava Promenade.

Belgrade Manifest | 26.05.17 – 28.05.17 | Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade

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Museum Night at Kalemegdan

Museums and Galleries across Serbia opened their doors for Museum Night (20 May 2017), a popular yearly cultural event inspiring interest in the arts and history. 

People following their maps around the city, including Kalemegdan, could also see the extended open air art exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ at night. 

More than 40 towns in Serbia promoted cultural heritage via museums, galleries and exhibition spaces with a total of more than 450 events. In Belgrade, there were 67 participating institutions with 136 separate events. 

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‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ exhibition extended until 14 May 2017

Visit Kalemegdan Park, enjoy the river view and immerse yourself in the open air art gallery sharing Vesna’s love for Belgrade with her exhibition “Fragments II Belgrade”.

The exhibition is on until 14 May 2017  at the Sava Promenade, Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, Serbia.

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Izložba ‘Fragmenti II: Beograd’ produžena do 14. maja

Prošetajte se Savskim šetalištem na Kalemegdanu, uživajte u divnom pogledu na reku i u grafikama iz kojih isijava Vesnina ljubav prema Beogradu. Izložba na otvorenom prostoru ‘Fragmenti II: Beograd’ može da se vidi do 14. maja 2017. 

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Sećanje sa Značenjem Omaža

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“Sećanje sa Značenjem Omaža” – Vesna Todorović, likovni kritičar, u Beogradu, aprila 2017.

Malo je ljudi koji za života upoznaju rodni grad u potpunosti. Pogotovo, ako je u pitanju istorijski višeslojna, dvomilionska metropola, kakav je Beograd. U njemu treba živeti čitav život i istovremeno sve vreme biti ispunjen radoznalošću prema otkrivanju, kako bi se bar približno upoznao svaki kutak. 

Iskustvo nas uči da se upamćivanje odnosi na markantnije lokacije, na osobene detalje, a da se sećanja najčešće vezuju za mesta čestih pohođenja, ili ona na kojima nam se nešto bitno dogodilo. Ipak, kada «glasno» evociramo uspomene, najčešće su prisutne one gradske tačke, urezane u sećanje svojom lepotom i skladom. Tačke, kojima se vazda vraćamo, kao na izvor, koji nas napaja kada smo najviše žedni. Kada smo od njih veoma daleko, kada su dohvatne samo sećanjima. 

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović, naša i australijska umetnica, svoja sećanja na rodni Beograd pretače u svoju umetnost, u medij grafike. Svoje emotivne relikte odenula je u stilski atraktivnu arhitekturu valjanog istorijsko-umetničkog pedigrea, najčešće autorizovanu imenom slavnog beogradskog dvorskog arhitekte Jovana Ilkića, aktivnog u Beogradu i Srbiji krajem 19. i početkom 20. veka. Ovako reprezentativni izbor je načinila u samom srcu grada, čime je otkrila vlastite omiljene staze, ali i želju da svet vidi kako je lep njen Beograd. Lično je tokom svog beogradskog hodočašća 2010. godine fotografisala zanimljive i ukrasima bogato razuđene fasade – Saborne crkve i kuće trgovca Ljubomira Crvenčanina (danas hotel Aleksandar Palas) u ulici Kralja Petra, Biblioteke grada Beograda (nekada znameniti hotel «Srpska kruna»), kao i Zadužbine Nikole Spasića u ulici Kneza Mihaila, koje čine motivsku osnovicu njenih grafika. Svoju pažnju je fokusirala na prozore, nosioce najraskošnije dekoracije, ali i izvorima svetlosti za enterijer zgrada i sa njima uspostavila svoj senzibilni umetnički dijalog.

Zanimljivost Vesninog pristupa se, između ostalog, sastoji od dosledno sprovedene likovne igre prekrivanja svakog motiva pitoresknom mrežom, nastalom na osnovu topografske mape grada iz 1967. godine. Unutar mape, pogled umetnice je uperen na dominantni jezičak sa gustom urbanom strukturom starog gradskog jezgra, pozicioniranog iznad ušća Save u Dunav. Time je diskretno naglasila da se upravo na tom mestu nalaze reprezentativne građevine, koje je odabrala. Poentirajući odnos pojedinačno-opšte u beogradskim okvirima, ova mreža simbolično aludira i na protok vremena u dugom životu grada, i na psihološku samozaštitu autorke u odnosu na momenat suočenja sa lavinom osećanja. 

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović svoje grafičke radove izvodi na dva načina – tradicionalnom metodom duboke štampe, u veoma efektnom crno-belo-sivom odnosu valerskog karaktera, gde gusta bela mapa grada dominira, oblikom podsećajući na bogato rastinje Beograda, i digitalnim sredstvima, kada više dolazi do izražaja motiv razuđenih, razigranih fasada, delikatnog, ali vedrog, osunčanog kolorita. Umetnica se dodatno poigravala, unoseći ritam i dinamiku u kompozicijsku prezentaciju, predstavljajući isti motiv, ili alternirajući dva različita, u formi horizontalnog poliptiha.

Uvid u pažljivo koncipiranje i izvođenje ovog ciklusa umetničkih dela Vesne Klačar-Nedimović navodi na zaključak o višeslojnosti uloge i učinka sećanja na rodni grad i njegove vrednosti, gde se osim emocije, koju sećanje indukuje, poput kakvog spomen obeležja pomalja simbol prepoznavanja njegove lepote.

Vesna Todorović, likovni kritičar
U Beogradu, aprila 2017.

Vesna Todorović, rođena 1944. u Beogradu. Studije istorije umetnosti 1962/1969, Univerzitet u Beogradu. Diplomski rad osvojio Nagradu Spomen-zbirke Pavla Beljanskog. Radila u Biblioteci SANU od 1974-2009. Od 1990. aktivan likovni kritičar, od 1995. član ULUPUDS-a.

Istraživački rad na planu savremene likovne umetnosti objavljen u katalozima autorskih izložbenih projekata (1996-2014), u katalozima samostalnih i kolektivnih izložbi, prikaza izložbi, tekstova predavanja, tribina, promocija knjiga i Simpozijuma posvećenom Pavlu Beljanskom, Novi Sad 2012 – u nekoliko časopisa i zbornika radova. Redovno objavljuje prikaze izložbi u Likovnom životu (Zemun), a eseje o likovnom stvaralaštvu u Koracima (Kragujevac) i Gradini (Niš).Objavljivala i u: Sveske (Pančevo), Svet žena (Loznica), Kvadart, Refoto i Književne novine (Beograd).

Urednik i jedan od autora monografije o akvarelima Rajne Lazić “Svetlosni prosjaji”, Beograd, 2004; jedan od autora monografije “Željko Đurović”, Beograd, 2013; “Milanka Berberović”, Beograd, 2015; autor monografije “Helena Šipek” (u štampi). Biografski podaci u: katalozima autorskih izložbi, Majskih izložbi ULUPUDSa, časopisu Koraci i Atlasu likovnih umetnika primenjenih umetnosti i dizajnera Srbije – 21. vek.

Aktuelni član umetničkih programskih saveta Likovne galerije Doma kulture Čačak i Galerije SKC Novi Beograd.

Dobitnik Godišnjih nagrada ULUPUDSa 2001. i 2004. i Nagrade ULUPUDSa za životno delo, 2012.

Remembering with Homage

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‘Remembering with Homage’ – Vesna Todorović, art critic, Belgrade, april 2017

Few people in their lifetime get to know their hometown completely. Especially, when it comes to a city like Belgrade, a historically multifaceted, two-million big metropolis. One would need to live a lifetime in the city while at the same time be filled with an insatiable curiosity to discover every corner.

Experience teaches us that memories of a city are tied to more remarkable locations, distinctive details, frequent visiting and moments that had personal significance to us. However, when we “loudly” evoke memories, we do so for places that represent beauty and harmony and are deeply etched in our minds. Locations to which we return time and time again as to a spring welling up to satisfy our thirst and invigorate our soul, when they are far away from us, attainable only in memories.

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović, a Serbian and Australian artist, translates memories of her native Belgrade into her art, as etchings and digital prints. Her emotional relics are transformed into stylised attractive architecture of historical-artistic pedigree, such as of the  famous Belgrade court architect Jovan Ilkić, active in Belgrade and Serbia in the late 19th and early 20th century. This representative selection of architecture chosen from the heart of the city not only reveals her favourite passages, but also a desire for the world to see how beautiful her Belgrade is.

During her pilgrimage to Belgrade in 2010 she personally photographed interesting and richly decorated facades such as the Cathedral Church (Saborna Crkva), the house of merchant Ljubomir Crvenčanin (today Hotel Aleksandar Palas) in King Peter Street (Ulica Kralja Petra), the Belgrade City Library (formerly famous hotel “Serbian Crown”), as well as the endowments of Nikola Spasić in Knez Mihailova street. These buildings are the base of her motives in etchings and digital prints. The artist’s attention is focused on the windows, which have the most luxurious decorations, but are also light sources to the building’s interior, and so in this way she establishes a perceptive artistic dialogue.

Interestingly, Vesna’s approach consists of a consistently implemented art game whereby she overlays each motif with a picturesque network, created with a topographic map of the city from 1967. On the map, the artist view is directed to the dominant promontory with the dense urban structure of the old city centre, at the confluence of Sava and Danube Rivers. This discreetly emphasises that precisely at this place are the chosen buildings. This map symbolically alludes to the passage of time in the long life of the city, and on the psychological self-preservation of the artist in relation to her moment of confrontation with the flood of emotions.

Vesna Klačar-Nedimović’s artworks are created in two ways – the traditional method of etching, in a very effective black-white-grey combination, where the thick white city map dominates, with a shape resembling the rich vegetation of Belgrade, and by modern digital means, where the facades become more apparent and joyful, with delicate but bright, sunny colours. The artist further played with bringing rhythm and dynamics in compositional presentation, depicting the same motif, or alternating two different ones, in the form of horizontal polyptych.

Insight into the careful design and execution of this cycle of works of art by Vesna Klačar-Nedimović suggests the multi-layered role and impact of her memory of the city and its values, where in addition, the artworks act as a homage to recognise the city’s beauty and the artist’s memories.

Vesna Todorović, art critic
In Belgrade, April 2017

About Vesna Todorović

Todorović is a renowned and well respected art critic. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and catalogues. 

Todorović graduated art history in 1969 from the University of Belgrade. Since 1990 Todorović has worked as an art critic and since 1995 has been a member of ULUPUDS. 

She was awarded a lifetime contribution award by ULUPUDS in 2012.