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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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. 

Australian Ambassador to Serbia Officially Opens Exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’

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The exhibition “Fragments II: Belgrade’ was officially opened by the Australian Ambassador to Serbia H. E. Julia Feeney on 26 April, 2017.

At the opening the Secretary for Culture of Belgrade Ivona Jevtić and Director of PE “Belgrade Fortress” Peter Andrijašević expressed their delight in being a part of the cultural exchange.

Artworks featured in the open air exhibition in Kalemegdan Park are by Serbian-Australian artist Vesna Klačar-Nedimović, who dedicated her series of prints ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ to her hometown.

H. E. Julia Feeney said that the Serbian diaspora has for generations contributed to multicultural Australia and she believes that this exhibition will bring the two nations together.

“What a glorious day to open an exhibition. Obviously, the Australian Embassy is very pleased to be involved, and in such a glorious place. While it’s true that probably Australia could not get any further away than Serbia, the people have very strong links and I think it’s through culture and art that these links are improved. It’s true that the Serbian diaspora in Australia, through all walks of life, have made a very positive contribution to what we now call multicultural, modern, contemporary Australia. We can now formally open the exhibition. Vesna’s love for Belgrade shines through this exhibition and I’d like to congratulate her on the work and officially open it. Enjoy”. – Julia Feeney

Secretary for Culture, Ivona Jevtić stressed the importance of international cultural exchange.

“Culture and art are the link that best brings together different cultures and nations. I sincerely hope that after this exhibition we have established better relations, not only between Australia and Serbia, but also all countries. Our goal is to enhance cultural exchange on an international level”. – Ivona Jevtić

Director of PE “Belgrade Fortress” Petar Andrijašević said that Vesna is an artist who through art facilitates cultural collaboration.

“Welcome to Kalemegdan and the opening of the exhibition by the Australian artist who herself says that her hometown Belgrade remains in her heart.  PE “Belgrade Fortress” wanted to showcase Vesna Klačar-Nedimović’s unique experience of Belgrade. She is an artist that through her artwork brings together two nations, Serbia and Australia and strengthens their cultural collaboration. As a testament to that, thank you to H.E. Julia Feeney, Australian Ambassador to Serbia for being here today, and I hope that we will collaborate in the future. We aim to best present Kalemegdan park to domestic and foreign tourists and the open air gallery we have here on the Sava promenade is proving to be popular. I am sure this exhibition will be no different”.  – Petar Andrijašević

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Listen to the Audio from the Official Opening ‘ Courtesy of SBS Serbian. 

printing artworks for open air exhibition

Etchings and digital prints were printed on large panels for the open air exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ in Belgrade. 

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a night of the serbian arts

Start the evening with contemporary Serbian Australian visual artist Vesna Klačar-Nedimović as she takes you on a visual tour through the streets of Belgrade with her etchings and digital prints series “Fragments II: Belgrade”. Then continue the night with a comedic treat – “Rucni Rad/The Craft” by The Belgrade Theatre Company Atelje 212. A hilarious, devilish comedy about male and female relations.

When: Tuesday 6 September
Where: BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre) | Queensland Multicultural Centre | 102 Main Street | Kangaroo Point

Fragments II: Belgrade Exhibition Opening: 5.30 – 7.00pm | Level 1

Rucni Rad/The Craft: starts 7:30pm | Ground Floor

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