Decided to add an extra post today, a sort of ‘Sunday Supplement’.
Yesterday, whilst shopping at Ušće for some of the random necessities of life, I wandered across the swathe of parkland that lies along the river toward what seemed a rather fascinating yet random group of sculptures set among the grass and trees, it became clear that they were not random but some of the outdoor (and now quite weathered) exhibits of Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Sadly closed for repairs since being damaged in the bombing of 1999 the Museum’s collection numbers some 35,000 works of art produced since 1900 in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia.
This lonely and decaying building, partly hidden behind fencing, is located near the confluence of the Sava and Danube and was designed by Ivan Antić and Ivanka Raspopović in 1960 with construction taking place between 1960 and 1965, Wikipedia states that the Museum is currently undergoing an €8 million renovation, although from what I saw, it seems that progress is slow.
The museum offices have relocated to Botićeva 8 in Belgrade and more information about the Museum and Salon, which thankfully are thriving, can be found at the website of Muzej Savremene Umetnosti, definitely worth a visit if you are passing through Belgrade.
I found the building and its outriders an eerie reminder of the senseless, random destruction and horror of war, although, as ever in Belgrade, a few mores steps brings you to the bustling banks of the Sava with its splavs and riverside bars, parks and throngs of people enjoying what could be one of the last few of the summer — another street for another day perhaps?
For now, I hope you enjoy my images, and will keep coming back to belgradestreets…