A traveler who craves knowledge at all levels does not have to look for unique, beautiful or spiritual achievements thousands of kilometers away.
Treasures are not only those hidden on exotic deserted islands in the middle of the ocean. Treasures are also two steps from us behind some simple museum gates that can’t wait to be opened. This wanderer who wants to see in his soul is invited to travel a hundred kilometers to the neighboring capital of Vojvodina, in Novi Sad to enjoy an extraordinary exhibition in Simesi. Two museums grouped their collections together to compare or distinguish what unites us or, conversely, what is different in the culture of two geographically close ethnic groups to the point of overlap.
The collaboration between the Timișoara Museum of Art and the Matps Gallery Srpska Novi Sad continues with the joint exhibition “Parallels”, second edition, which opened recently in Novi Sad.
Driven by the belief that museums are a kind of bulwark of peace and bridges that connect and unite us, the Timiشوارoara National Art Museum and Mateca Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad have created an extraordinary joint exhibition, bringing together their rich collections and drawing parallels between artists, themes, ideas and artistic visions of a common cultural space.
Thus, between July 8 and September 4, 2022, Mateca Srpska Gallery presents to the public the exhibition “Parallels” in order to bring together the artistic creations developed in the historical Banat district over 100 years.
The exhibition “Parallels” is part of the series of events included in the cultural program “European Phenomena in the collections of the Matica Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad and the National Museum of Art Timisoara”, after signing a cooperation protocol between museums in the context of two European capitals of culture, Novi Sad 2022 and Timisoara 2023.
It is necessary to preserve the common heritage of the Banat region and capitalize its target objectives by signing this agreement and, implicitly, by creating cooperative events within the said cultural program.
In 2016, Novi Sad and Timisoara won the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture, awarded by the European Commission for Culture. Therefore, the National Gallery of Art in Timiشوارoara and the Matica Srpska Gallery have recognized themselves as custodians of the national art treasure and museums that partly share a common history and similar insights about the role of museums in contemporary society. The collections of the National Museum of Art in Timiشوارoara and the Matica Srpska Gallery have an unusual history that can be compared and can be easily seen in the figures of the founders, that is, in the artworks they collected. Both groups were founded in the mid-19th century from the initial legacies of two exceptional people, two great benefactors and beacons of the Age of Enlightenment – Sava Tekeleji (1761-1842) and Zygmund Ormos (1813-1894). For these reasons, a unique exhibition was created – the collection of the Fictional Museum of the European Capital of Culture. This collection emphasizes the strong historical ties between the two cities, and the similarities in the social situations and artistic space in which they developed in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
The combined exhibition brings together 60 artworks, including icons, portraits, landscapes, still lifes and abstract compositions by artists such as Stefan Tinke, Theodor Ilyich Sheshlgar, Pavel Petrovich, Konstantin Danilo, Stefan Aleksic, Urus Pridich, Zora Petrovic and Vasaurychak. . The breadth of the repertoire of decorations reflects the broad conceptual basis covered in the exhibition’s title. The National Gallery of Art in Timisoara will display a collection of 28 paintings of his own heritage, which includes a work classified in the treasure category, a work that is part of the contemporary art collection and 26 works classified in 2022 in the background category.
The exhibition also included the treasure of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Timisoara, a collection of church artworks that inherit important works of art and represent the link between Serbian and Roman culture.
After nearly a century and a half of existence, these outstanding museums have become symbols of their cities. Therefore, both institutions play a major role in promoting the capitals of European culture, which are awarded to their city at the same time.