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The exhibition „Fragments of modern art in Montenegro from the collections of the National Museum of Montenegro“ will be presented in Sofia


May 17, 2023 - 16 June 2023

Mission Gallery, 2 Alfred Nobel Str. (Entrance to Al. Zhendov Str.)


The group exhibition "Fragments of modern art in Montenegro from the collections of the National Museum of Montenegro" is in Bulgaria for the first time, on the initiative of the State Institute for Culture to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and with the support of the Bulgarian Embassy in Podgorica. The exhibition is a natural continuation of the partnership between the State Institute for Culture and the National Museum in Cetinje after the successful implementation of the exhibition from the art collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "Diplomacy and Art", which was shown in Montenegro in 2022.

The exhibition "Fragments of modern art in Montenegro from the collections of the  National Museum of Montenegro" presents paintings and sculptures by artists who played а very important role in the development of Montenegrin fine art at the end of the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.  Ilija Shobaic, Pero Poček, Spiro Bočarić, Petar Lubarda, Milo Milunović, Miloš Vušković, Branko Filipović Filo, Nikola Vujošević, Aleksandar Priić, Danica Danja Djurović, Miodrag Dado Djurić, Vojo Stanić, Tomo Pavičević, Risto Stijović, Drago Djurović, Luka Tomović, Krsto Andrijašević  - these are artists educated in the best art academies in Europe, who shape the history of modern art in Montenegro.


“The lessons of academic realism, which, especially in portraits, implied confident drawing, a clear relationship between light and dark tones and a psychological analysis of the model, were particularly represented in the initial stages of their creative work. Departures from the strict academic style appeared in historical compositions, which carried a note of romantic feeling, particularly in landscapes, where an interest in the examination of the effect of light on the painting increasingly became a basic compositional principle.

Through a small selection of works, conditioned by the limited space available, with this exhibition we have tried to acquaint the Bulgarian public with some of the vital developmental processes and changes in Montenegrin fine arts from the very emergence of modern art in our country to the present day. With their distinct and varied stylistic expressions, the artists presented in the exhibition deserve a special place in Montenegrin modern art and beyond.”

Snežana Ivović, art historian National Museum of Montenegro


A special guest at the opening will be Mrs. Daniela Djurovic, Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro. The exhibition can be visited until June 16, 2023