In the home of Jevrem Grujić, history is overflowing from the walls: during the days of the fights for the liberation of Belgrade, a Partisan hospital was placed here. And at this address, in the 1967 year, the first discotheque in Belgrade was opened.
My mom and aunt held the last lady’s salon in Belgrade. Their friend was Ljiljana Skerlić, the daughter of Jovan Skerlić, who used to be a great beauty of the first half of the 20th century
In some imaginary world, Laza Šećer would be the owner of a megamarket which would sell style, nice upbringing, where manners are measured on a special porcelain weighing scale, and the good mood and entertainment space are offered to the selected ones free of charge.
However, Lazar Šećerović, the descendant of a famous Serbian politician Jevrem Grujić, translator, model and cult personality of Belgrade’s nightlife, for decades lives this imagination. He lives in a museum. Their family house has gained this prestigious status and is open to visitors four times a week. They became a rightful member of the European Historic Houses Association.
His everyday life are portraits of significant people, rare dishes, gold plate, ceramics, tools, weapons, porcelain, bronze… They restored four clothing items that belonged to the Prince Mihailo Obrenović and Countess Julija. Thanks to the cooperation with the Central Institute for Conservation, all works are as if they are in Louvre. Citizens can rest their eyes with the works of Uroš Predić, Petar Lubarda, Paja Jovanović, paintings from private collections, which have never been seen before. What Laza would say “fascinating works”. It is little known that in this house, in Svetogorska street in Belgrade in 1912 a secret alliance with Bulgaria was signed. After the First World War, the Belgian Legation was located in this building. Here, history is overflowing from the walls, and it is painful and tragic, but also glamorous. In the days of the fights for the liberation of Belgrade, a Partisan hospital was placed in the house of Jevrem Grujić in October 1941. And at this address, in 1967, the first nightclub in Belgrade was opened in this building called the “Disco at Laza Šećer” (“Diskoteka kod Laze Šećera”).
The most luxurious Venetian mirror in Serbia in the Rococo style from 1775 can be found in the house, and the oldest artifact in the Home of Jevrem Grujić is the icon of John the Baptist from the 18th century that was carried through Albania during the Serbian pogrom.