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

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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.

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

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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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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featured artwork: fragment VII

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Exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’ featuring artwork ‘Fragment VII’ with motifs from the Cathedral Church.

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The Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel is a Serbian Orthodox Christian church in Belgrade, Serbia. The Cathedral was built from 1837 to 1840 by order of Prince Miloš Obrenović.

The interior is richly decorated. The gold-plated carved iconostasis was made by the sculptor Dimitrije Petrović, while the icons on the iconostasis, thrones, choirs and pulpits, as well as those on the walls and arches were painted by Dimitrije Avramović, one of the most distinguished Serbian painters of the 19th century.

The Cathedral Church with its architecture, artwork and rich treasury is an impressive cultural monument.

Featured Artworks: Fragments XI, XII, XI (A), (B) & (C)

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Discovering the history of the building on 15 King Peter Street (Ulica Kralja Petra 15) through artworks. 

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Catalogue | Fragments II: Belgrade

About Fragment XI & XII (digital prints) and Fragment XI (A), (B) & (C) (etchings).

These prints from the exhibition Fragments II: Belgrade portray a 19th century building on 15 King Peter Street.

The building is situated in the heart of the city, with Kalemegdan (Belgrade Fortress) and Knez Mihailova (Prince Michael Street – the main pedestrian zone and shopping precinct) right on the building’s doorstep. Originally, the building was the house of merchant Ljubomir Crvenčanin and was built in 1887. Today it houses Hotel Aleksandar Palas, named after the Serbian King Aleksandar Obrenović. It is situated in one of the oldest commercial streets of Belgrade, therefore its ground floor and mezzanine were meant to serve commercial purposes, while the upper floors were residential. The building is an exceptional example of 19th century academic style, common in Belgrade at that time, and one of the more significant achievements of the renowned Belgrade architect, Jovan Ilkić. This building was considered unusual for its contemporary architectural solution  of having the mezzanine above the ground floor, the first of its kind in Belgrade. The building has been included on the list of cultural monuments in the city of Belgrade.

Exhibition Fragments II: Belgrade is coming to Belgrade

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Vesna Klačar-Nedimović, in partnership with the Public Enterprise ‘Belgrade Fortress’ presents art exhibition ‘Fragments II: Belgrade’.

The open air exhibition by Vesna Klačar-Nedimović is an integral part of the program “Days of Belgrade”

Klačar-Nedimović dedicated her series of artworks Fragments II: Belgrade to her hometown after being inspired by Belgrade’s historical architecture on her holiday in 2010.

Even though she moved to Australia in 1991 she often says “I left Belgrade, but Belgrade never left me”.

Olivera Vučković, Program Coordinator at Public Enterprise “Belgrade Fortress” says she recognised the story of an artist living thousands of kilometres away but still inspired by the Belgrade soul. Her poetic portrayal of her city through photos and maps as prints will be enjoyed by the many visitors of Kalemegdan Park.

The exhibition features traditional and contemporary prints on large panels.

The Sava Promenade at Kalemegdan Park is a destination, which carries a rich history and is a must see in Belgrade, popular with locals and tourists.

The series of artworks “Fragments II: Belgrade” show an architectural façade overlaid with a map that describes the way the city is threaded into the artist’s memory, exploring her personal, familial and cultural ties to the city of her youth.

Klačar-Nedimović overwrites her images and text rather like the process of layering contemporary cultural over all that has gone before. In this context the use of text adds information and an entry point that is both evocative and documentary, the organic and sinuous topographic lines of natural features and rivers alike overlay architectural images that are man-made in their perfect curves and straightness.

In Klačar-Nedimović’s images we may all access the familiar sense of retracing the past in our present (Louise Martin-Chew, IMPRINT Magazine, vol 48, no. 3, 2013).

Exhibition Details:

What: Fragments II: Belgrade

When: 19 – 30 April 2017 | Opening 26 April at 11am

Where: Sava Promenade, Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, Serbia

The exhibition will be officially opened by Her Excellency Julia Feeney, Australian Ambassador to Serbia, the acting Secretary of Culture in Belgrade, Ivona Jevtić and the Director of PE “Belgrade Fortress” Petar Andrijašević.

Digital Invitation | Media Release | Poster | Invitation|

Fragments II: Belgrade, 2013, Digital Prints

Fragments II: Belgrade, 2014, Etchings

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