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NEW IN THE COLLECTIONS, Acquisitions 2001 - 2010
Exhibition curator Draginja Maskareli

6 November 2010 - 31 January 2011
Austria-Hungary, Vienna, end of the 19th century
Hallmark: Yugoslav gold quality hallmark (impressed later)
Craftsman's initials: K(R?) Karl Rösler?
Gold 14 ct; tiny rubies, diamonds, brilliants
W 36 g
MAA Inv. No. 23538
The Museum of Applied Art houses more than thirty seven thousand objects in its collections. The oldest ones date from the 4th century B.C., and they belong to the numismatic collection (these are ancient Greek coins) of the Metal and Jewellery Department, while the collections of the Department of Contemporary Applied Art keep track with the latest art production.

The first collection purchased by the Museum in 1951 was the collection of Pirot rugs preserved in the Textile and Costume Department. The precious private collection of the famous painter and graphic artist Ljuba Ivanović, was purchased in the same year, and its 3.116 objects represent the very foundation of the Museum’s collections.

The Museum collected new objects systematically and continuously ever since the beginning. During the decade preceding this Anniversary, the Museum’s collections grew richer in 3.843 objects, 467 of which were purchased, and numerous donors kindly donated 3.367 of them.

Panel, Part of Installation Views
The Republic of Serbia, Pančevo, 2009
Larisa Ackov
Porcelain, screen printing
MAA Inv. No. 23706

At this exhibition of the Museum’s acquisitions, titled New in the Collections, we are showing 91 objects that, between 2001 and 2010, entered the collections of the Metal and Jewellery Department, Department for Period Furniture, Textile and Costume Department, Department of Photography and Applied Graphic Art, Ceramics, Glass and Porcelain Department and Department of Contemporary Applied Art. The choice of objects created from the 18th century on – jewellery, furniture, porcelain and glassware, art objects made of metal, clothing, rugs, photography, picture postcards, illustrations, sketches, contemporary ceramic sculpture and installations – covers various applied arts collected and researched in the Museum.

The first significant Museum’s purchase in this period was the salon Napoleon III, made in Bucharest during the second half of the 19th century. It was purchased in 2001 for the Department for Period Furniture. This set has been exhibited since 2004 at the permanent exhibition Traces in the Wood, within the Napoleon III ambient.

Table, Part of a Set
The Kingdom of Serbia, Belgrade, 1907
Made in the shop of Stolarsko akcionarsko drustvo (Woodcarvers’ Joint Stock Company) designed by Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak
Wood, solid walnut; carving, turning, veneering, polishing
80 x 108 х 69 cm
MAA Inv. No. 22761

In 2005, Museum also purchased – again for the Department for Period Furniture – an important work created by the pioneer of the contemporary Serbian applied arts, Dragutin Inkiostri Medenjak. This is a table made in Belgrade in 1907, as a part of the cabinet set for the Minister of Education of The Kingdom of Serbia. For the collection of the Department of Contemporary Applied Art, the Museum made purchase of an armchair produced in Belgrade after Inkiostri’s designs between 1927 and 1932, as well as of the documentation that pertains to Inkiostri’s work during the period between the World Wars, consisting of 31 objects – sketches, drawings and photographs, in 2007.

As part of the annual exhibition program, the Museum organizes regular shows of contemporary applied artists – the so called Salons of Museum of Applied Art. The Statute of the Salon provides that every exhibitor donate an artwork. In addition, the Museum assigns the purchase awards at October Salon and Majska izložba of ULUPUDS, and at the Ceramics Triennial, every three years. Each year a thematic exhibition is held in the Museum, often both the cause for new acquisition purchases, and the occasion to get to the new ones.

Photography The Escape of Surreality Prevented
The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, 1929
Nikola Vučo
Paper, photography
14.5 x 9.5 cm
MAA Inv. No. 20212
Donation from Jelena Jovanović from Belgrade

Distinguished friend and donor to the Museum, Mrs. Jelena Jovanović from Belgrade, enriched the collection of the Department of Photography and Applied Graphic Art with her donation 2003 and 2005, which consists of the original photographs by Nikola Vučo, photograms by Marko Ristić and Vane Bor, the Surrealist objects, drawings and publications, as well as the Ristić family’s private photos. Thanking to Mrs. Jovanović, the collection of the Textile and Costume Department houses, as of 2004, the first item of Belgrade couture, that is the evening gown made in 1909 in the Paris branch of the famous couture house Redfern. Mrs. Jovanović also donated 43 objects to the Metal and Jewellery Department in 2007 – these were the 19th and the 20th-centuries’ jewellery and silverware.

France, Paris, 1909
The Maison Redfern
Silk, pearls, lace made of metal thread; sewing, embroidery
Length 160 cm
MAA Inv. No. 22702
Donation from Jelena Jovanović from Belgrade

In 2009, the Museum received a donation from Reneé Wathier from Fontainebleau – 69 objects made of crystal, porcelain and faience, medal and plaquettes, carpets, posters, books, and other. Among them were a bomboniere and a vase created during the first decades of the 20th century in the famous glass shop of Emile Gallé in Nancy, and now they form part of the collection of the Ceramics, Glass and Porcelain Department. These objects were donated in the memory of the grandfather François Andreu, soldier of the Eastern Army in the World War One, and mother Simonne Andreu Wathier, who were devoted friends of Serbia.

France, Nancy, after 1908
Workshop of Emile Gallé
Multilayered glass, corroded with acid and cut
R 10.5 cm, h 4.5 cm
MAA Inv. No. 23719
Donation from Renée Wathier from Fontainebleau

Also, owners of the antique shops or auctions houses, most often themselves collectors, donated valuable items to the Museum.

Although it’s customary worldwide to have owners of the pieces of fashionable clothing donate to museum collections the representative pieces after they go out of style, the apparel in Serbia had not been perceived in this way for the longest time. During the last decade, the situation changed considerably, and the collection of contemporary fashion of the Department of Contemporary Applied Art received numerous new items. With kindness of Mr. Aleksandar Joksimović, the Museum houses, since 2003, in the collection of contemporary fashion the sketches of the models, the photos of the collections, diplomas, awards and press clippings that refer to this respected fashion designer’s work.

Photograph of Models from the Collection Prokleta Jerina (The Damned Jerina)
SFRJ, Belgrade, 1969
Aleksandar Joksimović
Black and white photograph
30.5 x 20.5 cm (Elle Service Photo)
Donation from the author

The collection of the Textile and Costume Department, thanks to the donation from Čedomir and Rastko Vasić from Belgrade, became richer in 37 objects that are the family legacy of the donors, in 2006. Among them is the wedding gown, sewn in 1911 in famous Belgrade salon of Berta Alkalaj. The importance of such objects for the Museum is illustrated by the fact, among other examples, that of the sixteen dresses from the collection, which are known to originate from Serbia from the beginning of the 19th century to 1918, this is the only one that bears the label of the salon.

New “Cooks”
SCG/The Republic of Serbia, Belgrade, 2007
Production: Škart Group
Verses and embroidery: Brigita Međo
Textile, embroidery
53 x 67 cm
MAA Inv. No. 23709

Precious in the same sense is a serving tray from the mid 19th century with the seal of Belgrade master Stoić that was donated in 2007 by Živojin Lukić from Belgrade to the Metal and Jewellery Department. Another example is the glass set for the spirits, purchased in 2008 for the collection of Ceramics, Glass and Porcelain Department, made between 1846 and 1852 in the The First Serbian Glass Factory of Avram Petronijević.

Exhibition curator: Draginja Maskareli, Curator, Department of Textile and Costumes