Museums 2



Established in 1958. It has around 8.540 items. The parts of this museum are:

  • Gallery of Petar Dobrović, Kralja Petra I 36
  • Atelier of Petar Lubarda, Iličićeva 1
  • Gallery-legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković, Drajzerov prolaz 2
  • Salon MSU, Pariska 14

The museum collects the most important works of Yugoslav painters, sculptors and graphic artists of the XX century, and it its the only institution which chronologically and anthologically presents Yugoslav modern art, its roots, directions, and current values. The collection starts from 1900 and spreads to the latests achievements. Beside the permanent exhibition at the museum, there is also a dynamical gallery part where study and retrospective exhibitions of acknowledged Yugoslav artists are organized, as well as exhibitions of artists from other countries.

The permanent exhibition displayes anthology selection of Yugoslav painting, sculpture, and graphics of the XX century, divided into three periods. The first covers the period from 1900 until 1918, which includes the epoch of impressionism represented by the works of Nadežda Petrović, Rihard Jakopič and others, while the "plenerists" are represented by paintings of Bora Stevanović, Marko Murat, Beta Vukanović etc. The second period, more complex and dynamic, covers the period from 1918 until 1941, and is represented more widely, as the range of epoch, with simultaneous existence of various schools (konstructivism, expressionism, surrealism, intimism, militant and critical realism); the displayed works are those of Petar Dobrović, Marin Tartalja, Milo Milunović, Kosta Hakman, Sava Šumanović, Milan Konjović, Jovan Bijelić, Nikola Graovac, Lazar Ličenoski, Ljuba Babić, Antun Motik, Nedeljko Gvozdenović, Radojica Noa Živanović, Krsto Hegedušić and many others. The third period, from 1945 until today, the most developed one, with the largest number of artists and artistic tendencies, is extensively presented with all basic directions; particularly the tendencies after 1950 (neo-surrealism, enformel, action painting, abstract paysagism, new figuration and others); there are paintings of Petar Lubarda, Đorđe Andrejević Kun, Milo Milunović, Edo Murtić, Lazar Vujaklija, Marko Čelebonović, Stojan Aralica, Ivan Tabaković, Lazar Vozarević, Stojan Ćelić, Zoran Petrović, Janez Bernik, Ivan Generalić, Vangel Naumovski, Branko Miljuš, Leonid Šejka, Milić Stanković (Milić of Mačva), Vladimir Veličković and others.

The separate collection includes sculptures made from 1900 until middle seventies of the XX century; the most important Yugoslav sculptors are represented here: Ivan Meštrović, Antun Augustinčić, Vanja Radauš, Frane Kršinić, Petar Palavičini, Risto Stijović, Sreten Stojanović, and of the younger generation there are: Nadežda Prvulović, Nebojša Mitrić, Milija Nešić and others. The representative items from an extensive collection of Yugoslav graphics are also exhibited here.


Founded in 1950. It belongs to the category of specialized museums. The main activity of The Museum of Applied Art is systematic collecting, protecting, studying, exhibiting and publishing works of applied art. Apart from the works of art referring to applied arts of Serbian people, related material from other European countries and the world, which came to our country through cultural and economic relations, is also collected in the Museum.

During the very first year of its existence, the Museum purchased an exceptionally valuable collection of various artistically treated objects, collected over thirty years by artist Ljuba Ivanović. The collection comprises of more than 3,000 artifacts, among which jewellery, old manuscripts and printed books, objects carved in wood, horn and mother-of-pearl, woodcut and painted icons, etc., stand out for their historic and artistic value.

The oldest artifacts in The Museum of Applied Art date from IV century BC, and belong to the coin collection (coins from ancient Greece) in the Metalwork Department, while the collections in the Department for contemporary applied arts contain objects of the most recent artistic production. Thus, the Museum's collections reflect the development of objects of applied art in a 2,400 years' span. Nowadays, the Museum disposes of more than 32,000 expertly treated objects of applied art, among them works of art of outstanding artistic and cultural value.

The Museum is engaged in organizing exhibitions, as well as in publishing activities. The traditional cultural and artistic events of the Museum include Salon of Architecture, Children's Salon of Applied Art, Salon of Contemporary Applied Art, and Triennial of Ceramics. Comprehensive Study exhibition, presenting applied art in Serbia up to the moment, is opened on 6 November, the Museum's anniversary.

The Museum of Applied Art is competent for all objects of applied art at the whole territory of Republic of Serbia.