February 24, 2009

Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade

The next few posts will be about one great Serbian architect who made some of my favorite buildings in Belgrade: Ivan Antic. Some of his building have been damaged by NATO Bombing 10 years ago.

An old pictures from the 60's showing the well composed facade
that takes care of aesthetics and of the needs of a museum

The Museum of Modern Art is situated in New Belgrade, on the left bank of the river Sava. The edifice was erected between 1961 and 1965 after the design of architects Ivan Antic and Ivanka Raspopovic, who were awarded the October Prize of the city of Belgrade in 1965 when the museum opened.

The Muesum from the Kalamegdan Fortress
blends nicley with the surrounding

This building represents an original architectural concept linking its interior with the exterior and at the same time meeting all the principals of a museum, thus ranking it among the most significant examples of modern museum architecture in in Serbia and the world in general.

The Museum was founded in 1958 aiming to collect, study and e
xhibit the works of modern Yugoslav art. Now the museum has a collection of more than 35,000 works of arts by Yugoslav artists: paintings and sculptures dating from 1900 up to the present day.
On April 28th, when the Usce Business Center was bombed by NATO for the second time, the glazing of the Museum was blown off and and the Museum exhibits were damaged. The sculptures in the park surrounding the Museum sustained substantial damage too.

It is undergoing an €8 million renovation fully funded from the Government's National Investment.

Muzej savremene umetnosti
Museum of Contemporary Arts

Ušće 10. Blok 15
11070 Novi Beograd

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately the renovation isn't finished yet and in fact it doesn't even seems as if it's going on. I was there yesterday and it looked quite abandoned. Beautiful building anyway. Hope it will open again soon. Thanks for your blog, wonderful and helpful work.