Anniversary Year: MAA@40!
We will be celebrating this important anniversary with different programs and activities. Follow us throughout the year and find out in time what we have in store!
For the first time since its establishment in 1977 we have been able to invest in the Museum’s exterior and interior.
The new driveway
Thanks to the support and cooperation of Public Utility “Greenery Belgrade” we are proud to present the MAA’s new and renovated plateau, driveway, paths and parking. The design team of Public Utility “Greenery Belgrade” was inspired by the colours and patterns of traditional African textiles in its main entrance design. For decorative lighting throughout the building and gardens took care of JKP "Public lighting", and now and in the evening we can arrange a number of activities, and our guests can enjoy on the benches along the illuminated wall murals. Public Utility “Public Lighting” introduced new benches and enhanced the building and gardens with additional, decorative lighting, making it possible to hold the many evening activities.
The permanent display of the MAA
After forty years it was necessary to invest in certain fixtures, readjustments and the correction of worn or damaged elements on the permanent display.
In our efforts, we remained true to the initial design of Saveta and Slobodan Mašić, and were supported by our long-term associate, photographer Vlada Popović and the team in “Gliklif Design” printing shop.
In the year in which we are celebrating forty years of our existence and continuous work in the field of museum practice we wish to present for the first time part of this rich and valuable documentation and invite you to visit our new website and learn more about it.
In 2016, all prerequisites were met to set in motion the digitisation of the museum’s ample content, thanks to the financial aid from Republic of Serbia’s Ministry of Culture and Information. The Dig(i)MAU project has become an excellent opportunity for the up until recently unavailable content to be processed by professionals, digitised and presented to the public on the dedicated website.
The content presented at the www.digimau.org is an invitation of sorts for the professional and scientific community as well as for all the fans of diverse content, linked to the phenomena from the area of African, Yugoslav and Serbia’s cultural heritage, to become immensely involved in research and discovery and deliberation on all the potentials that the MAA, as an institution, has. The project led by our collaborator, anthropologist Milica Naumov, continues in 2017 thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.
MAA@40 – Exhibition
NYIMPA KOR NDZIDZI: ONE MAN, NO CHOP
(Re)conceptualization of the Museum of African Art – The Veda and Dr. Zdravko Pečar Collection – project and concept by Ana Sladojević, art theoretician & Emilia Epštajn, MAA curator
The project includes exhibition, publication and a series of talks, which will be organised throughout the year.
The authors of the project have approached the anniversary of the MAA with the aim of historicizing this unique cultural institution and reviewing various forms of its modelling over the course of the years. This includes reconsiderations of the creation of the collections, construction of the building, across missions, activities, programs and visual identity. The role and importance of the MAA surpasses its permanent display and primary collection, which, perhaps for the first time, offers insight into the wider social and cultural circumstances of the time of its founding, opening at the same time, the important topics of politics of representation, anti-colonialism, social justice, and so on.