Narodni muzej Zrenjanin u 2005. godini

In 2005, the National Museum of Zrenjanin completed restoration of some of the works inside the museum. The outer facade had already been restored in 2004, but in the inside of the Museum, the consequences of a storm that struck in August 2003 had made the work of the Museum completely impossible. The Permanent Collection wings, workspaces, and archives had suffered extensive damage. Fortunately, the exhibits and museums remained undamaged with timely protection.

In August 2005, the arrangement and adaptation of the Museum’s exhibition spaces was completed: the new Salon, with an area of ​​over 200 m2, was equipped with the most modern equipment and lighting, as were the Small Salon and the Museum Hall. The new Salon of the National Museum was ceremoniously opened on August 27, 2005 with an exhibition of paintings by Uroš Predić. The number of visitors to this exhibition exceeded 17,000, and over a thousand and a half people attended at the opening. An exhibition of paintings by Sava Šumanović and an exhibition of period furniture “One Hundred Faces of Chairs” followed in the New Salon. Along with the exhibition activities in the Grand Salon, several exhibitions were held in the Small Salon: “120 years of Organized Crafts,” the international photo exhibition “The Wonderful World of Dragonflies,” “Poster as a Historical Source,” and “110 Years of General Hospital Djordje Jovanović.” The IV Serbian-Bulgarian Ethnological Conference was also organized, regarded as one of the most important regional scientific gatherings in the ethnological and anthropological scientific fields this year. Among the activities for 2005, additionally notable were the archeological excavations of Podumka near Orlovat and the publication realized as part of the presentation entitled “Current Problems in the Transition Period from the Starčevo to the Vinča culture.” The National Museum also focused attention on the youngest citizens with the project “Echoes:” a common name encompassing all activities of the Pedagogical Information Service related to thematic exhibitions of the National Museum which prioritize and engage preschool and school children as well as all other interested individuals. As part of this program, an exhibition of children’s works inspired by photographs of fairy horses called “Yet Another from the Wonderful World” was realized. Cooperating with Zrenjanin schools and kindergartens, the projects “Guest School” and “Musical Chairs” were also realized in the Museum Hall.

Beside numerous thematic exhibitions and activities, the Permanent Collection chambers remained the primary feature in the Museum, where the most celebrated elements of the cultural and historical heritage of the area are presented. After an interlude of two and a half years for restoration activities, the part of the Permanent Collection featuring the fine and applied arts and legacy holdings was again reopened to visitors. The Arts branch of the Permanent Collection, reopened to the public after the two-and-a-half-year pause, is comprised of two wings – the Fine Arts and Applied Arts. The collection of fine arts exhibited in the Permanent Collection is one of the most valuable and culturally significant collections in Vojvodina, its contents presenting a cross-section of significant artistic and cultural developments in Vojvodina and beyond in the period from the 18th to the end of the 20th century, with special emphasis on Banat and Veliko Bečkerek. A special unit of the Permanent Collection presents works from the legacies of: Uroš Predić, Paulina Sudarski, Tivadar Vanjek, Zlata Markov Baranja, and Ljubica Tapavički, among others. The Collection of Applied Arts represents a singular, complete unit of the Art Department of the National Museum and features objects collected since the founding of the Museum in 1906. This collection consists of items of porcelain, faience, glass, metal objects, and pieces of period furniture.

This latter segment of the exhibition displays a cross-section of primarily aristocratic and civic interiors with furniture from Vojvodina covering the period from the 18th to the end of the 19th century. The National Museum of Zrenjanin ended 2005 with the opening of a retrospective exhibition of Jugoslav Vlahović, a world-renown and the nation’s most celebrated cartoonist and illustrator, in the Small Salon of the National Museum of Zrenjanin on Thursday, December 29. This precious retrospective comprised walk-through galleries, period newspapers, books, and plates. Vlahović is a professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade and works as an editor and illustrator in the magazine NIN. His caricatures are regularly published by numerous national and international newspapers and magazines abroad, such as The New York Times, the Wiener Journal, W Moner, Le Monde, Die Zeite, La Republic, and many others. He is the winner of a numerous significant awards, most notably the Pierre Award, the UNESCO Award, the Internet and Communication Canada Award, and the Omia Japan Award. The exhibition at the National Museum in Zrenjanin presented caricatures, illustrations, graphic designs for books (he has made over 50), graphic designs for records and cassettes, illustrations for magazines and publications, etc.

The Internet presentation of the National Museum was also redesigned and improved in 2005, so that all interested citizens can get acquainted with the activities and current events and offerings in the National Museum of Zrenjanin via the Internet, at the web address: www.muzejzrenjanin.org.rs The number of visitors to the National Museum in 2005 exceeded 30,000, the highest number of visits to thematic exhibitions in 15 years, although the museum was open for public visitation for only three months (staring with the exhibition of paintings by Uroš Predić on August 27, 2005). Following up on 2005, The National Museum of Zrenjanin continued in its efforts to offer displays and activities of the highest quality in 2006, with its ever-relevant Permanent Collections accompanied by such featured exhibitions as “Patriarch Josif Rajačić” (mid-January) and “The History of Sports in Zrenjanin” premiering in the early part of the year.

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