The exhibition represents the collection of 24 paintings, which Bratsa Bonifacho, Canadian artist of Serbian origin, has donated to Belgrade City Museum. The paintings will be exhibited for the first time for the audience in Belgrade. The exhibition includes Bonifacho’s works from different phases, created between 1975 and 2015, thus creating a specific cross-section of his artistic career.
Bonifacho’s paintings of large formats were mostly done in the spirit of abstract expressionism, but they are also a specific amalgam of the European abstract art, and North-American pop art. . He often uses in his works the elements of symbolism, and figurative painting, thus expressing various thoughts and emotions, while since his early days he has been fascinated by language, word-play, and the use of letters on canvases. Bonifacho is internationally recognized for his use of letters on canvases. Those texts are confusing for the most of the people, but they are Bratsa’s way of expressing his view of the world. If we start reading written messages we will be amused sometimes, or ponder over some of the statements, but most often we will be unable to discern the meaning of the words, or find hidden messages.
Bratsa Bonifacho is artistic name of the painter Blagoje Srdić, who was born in Belgrade, in 1937. He had graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Department of Drawing and Painting, but he also attended the Faculty of Architecture. After his studies, he went to Krueger Atelier, in Frankfurt, for his specialization. After his studies he lived in France for a while, and in 1973 he moved to Canada. He received Canadian citizenship in 1976, and since then he has been living in Vancouver. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Fine Artists and. As a renowned and recognized artist, he had had more than 50 independent exhibitions, as well as, over 70 joint exhibitions.
Belgrade City Museum, with the support of the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade
Marija Stošić, curator
Уметничку радионицу Колачек основао је 1897. у Београду Јозеф Колачек (1868 - 1927), син чешког досељеника Франтишека Колачека (1835 - 1880), који је у Београд дошао половином 19. века из Малхостовица крај Брна. Чувајући традицију занатске производње генерацијама, радионица Колачек се данас искључиво бави уметничком браваријом и то ручном израдом предмета по сопственим нацртима, али и по посебним захтевима купаца. Предавањем о уметничко-браварској радњи Колачек на посредан начин ће се указати и на традицију занатске производње на територији града Београда.
The visitors will have an opportunity to learn of the ways how are the archeologist able to reconstruct past lives, based on the anthropological findings and materials from graves. Burrial rituals are presented, and some light has been shed on the possible professions and habits of the deceased, as well as, their social status. The deceased were citizens of Ancient Zadar, where more than 2,000 graves from the period have been explored.
Four graves, with intriguing materials for the reconstruction of life at the time, were selected: “Who was the person in grave 11?”, “One grave, four names, five stories”, “Who had brought syphilis to Zadar? Surely not Columbus?” and “A lady from Relja”.
Belgrade City Museum and Zadar Archeological Museum
Timka Alihodžić, Curator for the Antiquity Department of Zadar Archeological Museum; Coordinator: Miroslav Ignjatović, Museum's Advisor; Production: Production 64
The exhibition “Kilim” was organized for the opening of the reconstructed Museum of Mladenovac. A selection of 30 representative pieces, different in style, function, and technical characteristics, from the period between the end of the 19th century and 1970s, were represented.
Beside kilims, tools used for production were exhibited, as well as, interiors of village houses, which enabled visitors to take a look into the past, and see a significant part of a specific and traditional Kosmaj culture.
Magdalena Ivković, the author; Milutin Marković, exhibition design; technical production: Production 64