Ana Knežević and Emilia Epštajn, MAU curators, are part of one of three selected international teams
On Friday, December 15, a press conference was held at the ARTGET gallery of the Belgrade Cultural Centre to announce the 60th October Salon. The upcoming, jubilee edition of the October Salon will be held from October 20 to December 1, 2024, organized by the Belgrade Cultural Centre, and realized by three international curatorial teams. Along several Belgrade locations, one of the exhibition spaces of the 60th October Salon will be The Museum of African Art.
Three different concepts will explore, through the exhibition and programme, how and to what extent contemporary art tries to reflect and respond to the various challenges and problems of the age we live in, but also what its internal crises say about us and our position in the present. What will the dialogue among the curatorial teams bring and how can different concepts coexist?
The exhibition called ‘See, Touch, Feel – Objects from the Collections of the Museum of African Art’, authored by Milica Josimov, is an attempt to bring objects of traditional art that have been on permanent display since the founding of the Museum closer to the visitors, by introducing a new, tactile exhibiting methodology. Fifteen exhibits selected from the initial collection – textile items, masks and sculptures in wood, ceramic pots and animal sculptures from the bronze collection – will become an integral part of the permanent exhibition of the MAA after the end of this thematic exhibition.
In the very creation of the exhibition, we relied on our associates with impaired vision. Based on their experiences, impressions and interpretations given during visits to the Museum, we tried to approach the representation of the selected objects with tactile models as clearly as possible.
Since the 19th century the urban planning of Topčider (one of Belgrade's many hills) was envisioned as a city oasis, with numerous parks, picnic spots, large areas of forest and greenery. Hidden within it are numerous villas, summer houses and art studios built at the beginning of the 20th century. Through the “Cultural Heritage of Topčider” tour we will reveal different cultural institutions. During this tour, you can visit Museum of African Art, the memorial House of King Peter, Archive of Yugoslavia, Heritage House – the Legacy of Petar Lubarda, House of Olga Jančić, Monument to Isidora Sekulić, Hyde park Belgrade and Public Aquarium and Tropicarium Belgrade. To get an impression about the tour, visit this link.
Walking and talking with you, are art historians Ana Knežević, Museum of African Art curator & Ivana Zatežić, Heritage House associate.
Join our trek of discovery of the cultural Heritage of Topčider Hill!
New Online Presentation
The project of digitally recording the permanent display and whole Museum of African Art (MAU) building was conducted in several stages over the course of 2015, 2021 and 2022, with the aim of creating a so-called digital imprint as form of cultural heritage preservation. In light of the announced reconstruction of the Museum, by mapping all relevant data, we wanted to create lasting documentation of the initial architecture, as well as the concept of the first permanent display of the MAU. Recording the space and exhibition setting of the Museum using the most current technology and translating the data into a digital impression will make them permanently accessible to all future researchers and other interested parties, even when they cease to exist in their current state.
We invite you to actively explore our new online presentation www.otisak.mau.rs. Enjoy panoramic virtual walks through the museum, encounter the permanent display, museum garden or murals painted onto the façade, and investigate the many contents regarding exhibited pieces and collecting trajectories. Go back to 1977 and read about some of the impressions at the time of the opening of this lasting symbol of Non-Aligned times – a museum created on the grounds of friendship and sincere support of the peoples of Africa, and admiration for the power of their artistic expression.
Browse through some of the classics offered by our exhibition catalogs, which are available on the Museum's website.
The new visual identity of the Museum of African Art (MAU) is based on a simple and recognisable, reduced geometric form and pattern that is widely present in the arts of African countries, but can also be seen in the design of the first museum permanent exhibition. It is the zigzag line motif that symbolises rhythm, movement and the flow of life. At the same time, as a continuous restless pulsation, the minimalist, yet modern and dynamic zigzag line connects the past and the future and invites active participation.
By reflecting the museum's mission and continuing practises already established, the new identity is at once an invitation to play, to participate, and to stimulate dialogue through the interweaving of ideas, experiences, and knowledge. The typography of the Museum of African Art's acronym takes its cue from this motif, as does the new, distinguishable, easy-to-use, and memorable sign, composed of three letters: MAU, a name familiar to the general public and already widely accepted.