The most valuable of the past and the most significant of the present – the Belgrade City Museum merges together the works of art from different periods, creating an inspiring dialogue between history and modernity.
The Belgrade City Museum was founded in 1903 as the Municipal Museum, and it got its current name after the Second World War. It has a rich and exciting history. Its collection represents a testimony of the rich history of the city of Belgrade and contains three main departments – Archaeological, Historical and Department for History of Culture and Art. The museum also has the Department of Protection, which includes the Documentation Center. In order to understand the wide array of what the Belgrade City Museum comprises, it is important to mention that this institution includes Princess Ljubica’s Residence, the Paja Jovanović Museum, the Ivo Andrić Museum, the Jovan Cvijić Museum, the Toma Rosandić Museum, the Heritage Museum of Zemun, the Vinča archaeological site, the collection of Sekulić icons, the Banjica Camp Museum, Mladenovac Museum.
A 103 years later, in 2006, the Belgrade City Museum was given a building in Resavska 40b, a building of the former New Military Academy (which dates back to 1899), for use. The building at Resavska 40b was, due to unforeseeable historical circumstances, built four years before anyone even thought of the Belgrade City Museum. Today, 12 years later, the Belgrade City Museum organizes temporary exhibitions, as well as various other events. A part of the traditional October Salon exhibition is located precisely here. Thanks to the diversity of content that can be fun and interactive, but above all artistic, the Belgrade City Museum has been increasingly attracting the members of the younger generation. Today, the Belgrade City Museum is oriented, among other things, towards the flows of contemporary artistic production, experimental programs and the exhibitions of creators who are opening new horizons and creating something that future generations will one day view as history.
Over the recent years, the Belgrade City Museum hosted some of the most significant exhibitions, to mention only some of them – “Albrecht Direr and His Contemporaries – Triumphal Parade of Emperor Maximilian I, “Singidunum Treasure – From the Antique Collection of the Belgrade City Museum”, “Anastas Jovanović – Art and New Media”, ” Sajmište Concentration Camp – Back to the Future”,” Sava Sandić: Harmony of Form and Volume – Sculptures from the Collection of the Belgrade City Museum”, “Mirror of History – Photographs of Belgrade Photographers 1930-1941. Photos from the Collection of Svetozar Grdijan”, “Belgrade Atlas of Jovan Cvijić. Century and a Half from the Birth 1865-2015,” “Ivo Andric – Writer and / or Diplomat” and others.
As for 2018, some of the exhibitions that we could see were “Muni – the Artistic Inspiration of the Painter Paja Jovanović” (paintings which Paja Jovanović painted inspired by his wife) and “Close-up View. Paja Jovanović’s Atelier” in Paja Jovanović Museum, “Empresses and Wives” (dedicated to the empresses of the dynasties Obrenović and Karađorđević) and “Hidden Messages – the paintings of Bratsa Bonifacho” in the Princess Ljubica’s Residence.
None of these events went unnoticed. Quite the opposite. Most of them earned the status of a social event in the fullest sense of the word.