Gallery in Kovačica
Gallery of Naïve Art in Kovačica was founded in 1955 in the Cultural Center ‘October 3rd’ in Kovačica. From that day on, it has had the status of the most important cultural place in this town.
Biennials of naïve painters have been organized in this gallery, just as other cultural events among which the biggest one is Kovačica October, traditional one-month manifestation consisting of various cultural events of Slovaks in Vojvodina. The Gallery of Naïve Art collects and exhibits works of Slovak naïve painters.
Representatives of Kovačica school of naïve art have an important role in the affirmation of art of Slovaks in Vojvodina, and these are: Martin Jonaš, Zuzana Chalupova, Martin Paluška, Jan Sokol and Jan Venarski. Thanks to these artists and those who continued their work, the art of Slovaks in Vojvodina has become famous all over the world.
Gallery ‘Babka’ in Kovačica was founded in 1991. The goal of its founder, Pavel Babka, was to give the chance to young painters of Kovačica and to draw the attention of the public to other forms of art craft in this town.
Gallery ‘Babka’ works on the basis of UNSC principle of Living human treasure, which includes free conveying of knowledge and skills when it comes to making art figurines and souvenirs. In 2001, within Ethno center ‘Babka’, UNESCO stated that this gallery is a world center for publications on naïve art.
Gallery of Naïve Art in Uzdin
Naïve art in Uzdin is truly a treasure of art and as such it has to be preserved and open for all those who love art.Four decades ago, this was the exact opinion of Adam Doklean and Dr.Petru Dimča who decided to gather all valuable works of painters of Uzdin and to make an exhibition which was opened on November 17th 1963. On this very day, the Gallery of Naïve Art in Uzdin was officially opened.
Oto Bihalji Merin, an author, historian and one of the most important local critics of naïve art attended this opening.
Today’s Gallery of Naïve Art was opened along with the Cultural Center in 1990. Currently, there are about 100 works of art of Uzdin painters.
Gallery of Naïve Art in Padina
The space for exhibitions of naïve painters in Padina is in the Cultural center ‘Michal Babinka’ and it was opened in mid-seventies. Today, there are the works of painters who are not members of the Gallery of Naïve Art in Kovačica. The works of these artists used to be exhibited on every May 25th and later this exhibition was moved to September, the month of the days of culture in Padina.
Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Kovačica organizes visits to this gallery.
Legacy of Vladimir M. Fijat
Vladimir M. Fijat was born on November 30th 1883 in Samoš. He was the third child of Marko and Olimpijada Fijat. He completed his primary education in his hometown and later he went to Belgrade where he continued his education.
He was a merchant and he used to collect works of art. After World War I broke out in 1914, he signed up for Serbian National Army of Kingdom of Serbia. He was one of the soldiers at Salonika Front (1916-1918) from which he brought valuable photo documents and aquarelles.
After the war, he was in the service of King Aleksandar Karađorđević. He gave his collection of works of art as a present to Samoš in 1959. He died on March 16th 1959, in a mental institution in Vršac.
Gallery in Crepaja
In the Cultural Center in Crepaja, there is the gallery of Ksenija Ilijević, a member of former ‘Group 5’ which appeared in the art field of Pančevo after World War II. This group of artists also included Stojan Trumić, Jovan Vitomirov, Dobrivoje Vojnović and Božidar Jovanović. Ksenija Ilijević was born in Crepaja. The history of art in Vojvodina knows her as a painter of aquarelles the motifs of which were related to Tamiš, its willow groves and surroundings.
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