Exhibition “War Image of Serbia in the Second World War, 1941-1945” in Central Military Club as part of cultural event “Top-Notch Museums”
The Central Military Club's gallery will participate in this year's event “Top-Notch Museums“ (Muzeji za deset) with its exhibition “War Image of Serbia in the Second World War, 1941-1945“. The event will be held from 9 to 15 November and this year's topic is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.
The exhibition has been organized on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory over fascism in the Second World War, by a group of authors from the Historical Archive of Požarevac, Military Archive, Military Museum, and the Media Centre “Odbrana”. The exhibition in the Great and Small Galleries of the Central Military Club put on by Jasmina Nikolić, PhD, Marijana Mraović, PhD, Nataša Miloševic Dulić and Dragana Miloradović, PhD with a museological exhibition by Vuk Obradović and art exhibition by Jelena Knežević, points to some of the most significant events in Serbia’s fight for liberation during the Second World War.
Senior curator and Head of the Central Military Club’s Gallery, Jelena Knežević, points out that the exhibition is the result of the research into archival materials found primarily in the funds and collections owned by the Historical Archive of Požarevac, Military Archive and the Military Museum.
- Utilizing the methodology of scientific historiography, the authors have selected and displayed 160 archival photographs and 80 documents from 30 funds and collections kept in 13 cultural institutions from seven Serbian cities - Historical Archive of Požarevac, Military Archive, Archive of the Yugoslav Cinematheque in Belgrade, Historical Archive of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš and Vranje, the Military Museum, the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, the Museum of Genocide Victims in Belgrade and the national museums in Niš, Kragujevac and Kraljevo - said Jelena Knežević.
According to the director of the Historical Archive of Požarevac, Jasmina Nikolić, PhD, the exhibition testifies and reminds us of the time when the world was enchained by inhumanity, humiliation and destruction – the Second World War, and it was put on with the intention of offering evidence to the historians who fight against the revision of the history of the Second World War that can help stop falsifying facts, but also acknowledge the contribution of the allied Red Army to the victory of the Grand Alliance.
- Countless victims of fascism, Nazism and traitorship require that we mention them, remind us to research the facts of the time that must not be forgotten so as not to happen again, strengthen or become even more violent and bloodthirsty, warn us to preserve awareness of suffering in the Second World War - points out the director of the Historical Archive of Požarevac.
The archival documents and photographs factually depict the activities of the Yugoslav partisans and the fight for the liberation of the country, the establishment of cooperation between the Yugoslav People's Army and the Red Army and their joint fight for the liberation of the occupied territory of Serbia, says Jasmina Nikolić, PhD, noting that the exhibition also depicts the occupation of the country, the fate of refugees and prisoners of war in German concentration camps, the suffering of civilians, citizens who never harmed anyone, but were still arrested, “taught a lesson”, tortured and killed.
The exhibition consists of two main thematic components - "The War Image of Serbia in the Second World War - Occupation" and "The Fight for the Liberation of Serbia from 1941 to 1945 and the Cooperation of the Yugoslav People’s Army with the Red Army". The exhibition also includes an electronic/virtual presentation of archival photographs, documents, museum and art exhibits.
An additional part of the exhibition entitled "Propaganda Art in the Decades after the War" consists of 13 paintings and sculptures from the art collection of the Central Military Club in Belgrade. These are thematic works by artists who created after the Second World War, such as Đorđe Andrejević Kun, Angelina Gatalica, Dušan Gaković, Nandor Glid, Stevan Dukić, Oto Logo, Mira Sandić, Sava Sandić, Milan Četnik i Aranka Mojak.
The exhibition "War Image of Serbia in the Second World War, 1941-1945" is open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Great and Small Galleries of the Central Military Club in Belgrade. The exhibition will be open until 15 November.