Art Gallery ''Nadežda Petrović'' Čačak

The Art Gallery was founded in 1961. The main activity of the gallery is realized by active participation in the field of contemporary visual art and through museological and publishing activities.

By Museums of Serbia

Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia

Nadezda Petrovic Art Gallery Building (2021) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović ''Museums of Serbia

The cultural monument was erected on the initiative of the Women's Branch Čačak (a branch of the Women's Association Belgrade) for the needs of the Women's Workers' School, founded in 1890. This ground floor building, with a rectangular base, was built in 1911 in the inner city. After the Second World War, the women's craft school continued to operate until its abolition in 1948. Since 1965, the building houses the Art Gallery "Nadežda Petrović".

Nadezda Petrovic Art Gallery Building (2021) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović ''Museums of Serbia

Art Gallery organizes the biennial manifestation of fine / visual art Nadežda Petrović Memorial, which is actually the main program basis of the institution's activities. In addition to the Memorial, regular exhibitions Young, Awarded at the Memorials, Graphics, Recognition, Sonja's September, ChanceArt are organized in three exhibition spaces and permanent exhibitions in the Nadežda Petrović Memorial Room, the Risim Gallery and the Sonja Savić Memorial Room.    

Woman from Prizren (Gypsy) (1905) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Nadežda PetrovićMuseums of Serbia

Nadežda and contemporaries Аrt collection

Collection contains 64 exhibits from the period 1900 -1950. Thesе are paintings by Nadežda Petrović and paintings by her contemporaries, in this case the author's birth or artistic creation close to the time of Nadežda Petrović's work. The emphasis is on the works of artists who reach their artistic orientations and creative maturity in the years between the two world wars, on authors who are just beginning their artistic work in this period and on authors who were born or created at a time when Nadežda Petrović.

Bavarian with a Hat (1900) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Nadežda PetrovićMuseums of Serbia

Bavarian with a Hat

The painting belongs to the Munich period of Nadežda's painting and is considered to be a painting by which Serbian painting definitely went beyond the academic framework. This unusual coloristic portrait, of exceptional expressive power, shows a different path in relation to the then ruling academic-realistic attitudes in Serbian painting.

Sea, GNP (1910) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Nadežda PetrovićMuseums of Serbia


A painting depicting a powerful turbulent wave hitting the coast with all its force was created during Nadežda's study stay in France. After Paris, Nadežda travels around Brittany and Normandy when some of the anthological paintings of the "Paris period" are created, such as the painting of the Sea. Nadežda Petrović managed to emphasize her own artistic energy in this painting and, with a scarce palette, evokes all the power of nature, transferring to the painting canvas the  scene of the power of a natural force embodied in a single wave.

Old Fountain in Prizren (1913) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Nadežda PetrovićMuseums of Serbia

Old Fountain in Prizren

The painting belongs to the War Period of Nadežda's painting, and the warmth of colors, pastoral layers of color and expression of the scene of the old urban whole of the city of Prizren definitely confirm the dominance of expressionism in her painting. The picture shows the center of the old town of Prizren with an oriental fountain (fountain) and the domes of the churches of St. Nicholas and St. George in the background.

Gračanica Monastery (1913) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Nadežda PetrovićMuseums of Serbia

Gračanica Monastery

The painting belongs to the War period of Nadežda's work, when in the background of cruel war events, paintings of indescribable beauty and high artistic value are created. The motifs of the paintings of the war period do not directly touch on the events of the war, but, suppressing the scenes of war horrors, the paintings depict the beauty of Serbian landscapes and the architectural sublimity of medieval monasteries.

Spring Day (1921) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Beta VukanovićMuseums of Serbia

Spring Day

The picture shows the way in which Beta Vukanović easily solved atmospheric plain-air and light and shadow problems, and is considered one of the most beautiful pictures of the Serbian plаin air, which confirms the reason why Beta is the most typical representative of this style in Serbia. She expertly transferred to the canvas all the splendor of sunlight, bright and shaded parts, evoking the flickers of light, the beauty of nature and the pleasantness of the day.

House of Emperor Peter the Great in Tallinn (1924) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Nikola BeševićMuseums of Serbia

House of Emperor Peter the Great in Tallinn

One of the most important paintings of Serbian art between the two world wars expressively and easily evokes the flicker of light and the transparency of the shadows characteristic of French Impressionism. It was created during one of the stays in the Estonian capital Tallinn, where the family of the artist's wife lived. Through the tall canopies, you can see the summer house of the Russian Tsar Peter the Great in the complex of the imperial residence in the old part of the capital of Estonia, the picturesque Baltic port of Tallinn. 

Rockslide (1965) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Mića PopovićMuseums of Serbia

'' Yugoslav Art of the Second Half of the 20th Century ''

The creation of the collection began several years after the founding of the Gallery from the works purchased at the exhibitions of the Nadežda Petrović Memorial. It consists of 370 exhibits created in the period 1950-2000. The collection itself is extremely heterogeneous, as well as styles, directions and phenomena on the Yugoslav art scene of the mentioned period, and contains artworks that can be characterized as: image optics, lyrical abstraction, abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, etc.

Shadows with a Ball (1956) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Ivan TabakovićMuseums of Serbia

Shadows with a Ball

Inspired by social, impressionistic and intimate motifs, Tabaković painted in the spirit of refined coloristic artistry. The picture is created in a later period, but still in social themes. In perfect compositional harmony, the picture is dominated by two balls, one of which is the sun, and three hands in motion - as a cut-off moment of time, a moment in the game whose continuation can be sensed. Favorite games of that time represent a refined ambience.

Landscape (1960) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Milan KonjovićMuseums of Serbia


A chronological observation of paintings from Konjović's rich oeuvre shows that the primary motif - the landscape of Vojvodina - played out in the summer of 1944. Is it the summer heat that heated the air and broke the landscape, or the feeling that by rejecting a moderately expressive expression, the war years are also rejected and freedom is expected with the image in the "new suit"? - mostly since then, in the painter's oeuvre, there are farms, field roads, forests, wheat fields, which do not look at all like the established image of a monotonous plain.

This landscape is a standard example of Konjović's artistic expression - the dominant black lines swirl, the painted surfaces vibrate, and in order not to be all elusive to the eye, there is, as in many of his paintings, an accent - a white house.  Small, maybe dilapidated, but its pure white color states that it is the house of an honest and hard-working host.

Landscape (1962) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Stojan ĆelićMuseums of Serbia


Stojan Ćelić belongs to the circle that in the second half of the twentieth century introduced Yugoslav and Serbian art into the artistic context of world creativity. In the early phase, he turned to new abstract expressions, reducing the plasticity of images to line, surface and color as the dominant, in order to gradually reduce the realism of form to the basic elements. He explores the elements of the landscape, translating it into rough masses and then into very precisely placed coloristic surfaces.

Still life (1958) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Marko ČelebonovićMuseums of Serbia

Still life

In the style of poetic realism, Marko Čelebonović painted a series of still lifes on which, through selected objects placed on the surface, without pronounced depth and arranged according to artistic feeling, he corresponds with the observer, providing him with a special lyrical atmosphere. The whiteness of three objects in this still life, with a slender little white heron and a plaster bust of a boy in the foreground, puts them on the border with vision, and the background, painted with a monochrome palette in cool green shades, brings the atmosphere of serenity closer to melancholy. 

Twilight (1963) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Miljenko StančićMuseums of Serbia


In all of Stančić's paintings, there is a metamorphosis and a tendency to bring a sad, often tragic note to the depiction of childhood with something disturbing, at first glance invisible. This painting is mainly a materialization of melancholy and sleep, which is characterized by purity of expression, poetics and refined sensitivity. The themes of the paintings are the experience of childhood and early youth, and the world he depicts is always hides the other one.

Taurus (1964) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Petar LubardaMuseums of Serbia


The currents of life, the stone, the sea and the feeling of the warmth of the sun formed the artistic attitude of Petar Lubarda, to summarize his understanding of the universe in a dramatic charge. In the search and research of materials, he was among the first to introduce enamel paint, not for technological change but to emphasize the structure of the composition and to draw the impulsive glow of the main figure on the surface of the painting - in this case the bull, mythical, symbolically, the strongest  animal of our region.

Perpetuum immobile (1967) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Predrag Pedja MilosavljevićMuseums of Serbia

Perpetuum immobile

At the beginning of the sixties of the last century, mature, defined works by Pedja Milosavljević were created - enigmatic large formats of mild color and feelings of anxiety in movement, applying color and achieving the desired lyrical effects. Perpetuum immobile would, in loose translation, mean eternal immobility. The composition full of symbols, entangled in the context of history, floats on the surface of the blue sea.

Cybernetic Puncture (1968) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Milovan VidakMuseums of Serbia

Cybernetic Puncture

Milovan Vidak is a painter who aspired to paint an absolute painting, painting above all paintings. He painted and looked for the center, the center that sums up all the energy, not neglecting the colors or the play of light, which often fascinated the observer. He strived for perfection and with his thoughts and painting philosophy he was unique in the history of our painting.

Man-Figure I (1975) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Vladimir VeličkovićMuseums of Serbia

Man-Figure I

Man-figure is the name of a series of paintings from the theme "Picture of Execution" created in the late seventies of the last century, when Velicković puts in the foreground a man tortured and persecuted as the beast, emphasizing the universal tragedy of human existence. The emotion of the scene itself is evoked by the masterful visualization of the image / drawing of the decapitated male nude, the expressive emphasis on the plasticity of the muscle mass and tendons.

La tutte parti (1978) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Edo MurtićMuseums of Serbia

La tutte parti

The painting is characteristic of Murtić's painting, which is created spontaneously, without restraint, strongly and thoughtfully. With a wide swing from the center, the parts scatter all over the canvas and return to the starting point, carried by a storm of energetic strokes, of a clear raw color. Dominated by black and white, yellow and red emerge from the background, creating an additional structural explosion in the image.

Quadro - Picture (1981) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Radomir Damnjanovic DamnjanMuseums of Serbia

Quadro - Picture

The painting Quadro (Italian for painting), is one of the best examples to which the artist can reach the limit with his imagination - the painting of purified pointillism is dominated by lonely dots of rich color. The hypnotic appeal of the image of such freedom of expression is fascinating. The artist himself says that it is acting, it  is the very act of performing a work of art that is enjoyed by those present as much as the author himself.

See Naples and die (1983) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Ferdinand KulmerMuseums of Serbia

See Naples and die

An impressive painting with an interesting name "To see Naples and die!" Belongs to the expressionist style that he nurtured in the 1980s. taken from Goethe's quotation, to this day unexplained. Did Goethe, and thus Kulmer, think of Naples looking at history full of destruction, conquest and bloody conflicts, or a city that must be seen because of the miraculous overlap of cultural movements, gastronomy and interesting nature with Mount Vesuvius, which constantly dominates the whole area with constants activity?

Bird, GNP, Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '', Zoran Petrović, 1987, From the collection of: Museums of Serbia
Show lessRead more

Bird -  Associative "sculptural constructions" of boiled and cast iron are a significant part of Petrovic's oeuvre. Obsession with technical achievements and the so-called He expressed it with the "super-mechanized world" by depicting artistically transposed machine conglomerates and in paintings created in the 1980s. This segment of interest is especially prominent in specific sculptural constructions made of iron. By merging metals and discarded metal objects, he achieved the effect of a skilfully shaped sculptural object full of dynamics, very important in depicting the "man-machine" relationship, with the dominance of extremely strong expression achieved by incorporating found finished objects - gears, rings, scissors, screws, tiles. .. and different types of interventions on metal surfaces in terms of openings, holes, curvature, creasing, embossing ...

Arp after Fifties (2013) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Zdravko JoksimovićMuseums of Serbia

Collection "Contemporary Art"

By systematically monitoring the current artistic production, the collection is filled with works of "new tendencies", which are a picture of the times - innovative, heterogeneous, incompatible, autochthonous author's imagination and technical-technological realization. Currently, the collection consists of 170 exhibits created after 2001, through which the engagement and all the specifics related to the turbulence of the modern world can be read.

With Golden Cutlery (2011) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Dušan OtaševićMuseums of Serbia

With Golden Cutlery

Otasević, through his long opus, develops a pop-artistic view of the world. He takes consumer culture and everyday life as a topic, and consciously flirts with kitsch and introduces humor and wit. Behind the casualness and wit of his works stands the lucidity and serious critical analysis of society. The work With golden cutlery belongs to paintings-objects. The artist processes the three-dimensional scene of the table with the set culinary specialty and the appropriate cutlery as a two-dimensional scene.

' Wardrobe '' (2011) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Zvonimir SantračMuseums of Serbia

'' Wardrobe ''

The characteristic of Zvonimir Santrač's art work so far are based on evident conceptual reasons and concrete reasons. Santrac's "artistic gene" reacts in an engaged way to current events in the social environment and concretizes them through artistic practice, which has as its end result an object / action / redemption object / installation. Santrac created a ready-made item using alternative materials (veneer) and fitting them into the historical concept (Biedermeier closet).

Corset with a Cook (2011) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Selma ĐulizarevićMuseums of Serbia

Corset with a Cook

The name corset comes from the old French word cors, which is a diminutive of the Latin word corpus, body. The most common and well-known use of corsets, is to make the torso slimmer. The golden age of the corset began in the time of Queen Victoria, when the smaller body circumference between the chest and the pelvic girdle meant a higher social status. In the work of Selma Đulizarević, the corset is a symbol of restraint due to a higher imperative, attractive appearance and preferably shaped torso.

Love The Bank (2014) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Milovan DeStil MarkovićMuseums of Serbia

Love The Bank

The paintings under the common name "Barcoded Paintings" are a logical continuation of Marković's rather expanded vision from previous narratives. Miraculously seductive images would be even decorative, if strong dominant smears of graffiti from the depth were not added to the technically clear and precise, breaking the smooth surface of the image so that the form and cynicism in the content of "Barcoded Paintings" can be read as a critical view of the peaks of  neoliberal capitalism system.

Plush-satin Jewelry Box (2009) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Marija DragojlovićMuseums of Serbia

Plush-satin Jewelry Box

The artist dedicates her work to everyday scenes, small pleasures, memories and objects (mirrors, jewelry boxes, perfume bottles, porcelain figurines, photographs), viewing them as an introduction to the metaphysical world in which feeling is important, not time and transience. When she focuses on everyday objects, she chooses those intended for women, emphasizing their multi-layered nature - the fact that they carry aesthetics, nostalgia, but also emancipation, self-awareness and enjoyment.

Ekfraza M-II (2015) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović '' and Mileta ProdanovićMuseums of Serbia

Ekfraza M-II

The work of M-II belongs to the cycle of paintings and photographs included in the title "EXPHASIS". Exphrasis, from the Greek word εκφραζειν meaning "to explain completely" is a rhetorical figure that describes a work of art, real or imaginary. One of the oldest examples of exphrasis in literature comes from the Iliad (Book 18), which describes in detail the Achilles' shield and the way Hephaestus made it.

Nadezda Petrovic Art Gallery Building (2021) by Art Gallery '' Nadežda Petrović ''Museums of Serbia

The institution is the winner of various professional and social awards for its work on improving the presentation of fine / visual arts, artistic production and museological activities. According to the strategy of the city of Čačak and its own plans and programs, the goal has been achieved to position itself as a leading institution of this type in central Serbia and among several leaders in the country. 

Credits: Story

Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia

Nadežda Petrović Art Gallery
The Institute for Cultural Heritage Preservation Kraljevo

The narration was provided by: Nadežda Petrović Art Gallery.

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Google apps