Dušan Janković at “The 1002nd Night” Artists’ Ball in Belgrade in 1923
Graphic Design of a leaflet, poster and invitation card: Dušan Tkačenko
Organised by: Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade
For The 1002nd Night Ball, Janković designed the interior decoration of the small ballroom of the Kasina Hotel, the official poster, the headline of the satirical magazine Ponoć, as well as twenty-six costumes for the participants. After almost a century, these little-known masterpieces of the Serbian avant-garde Art Deco can currently be seen at the Museum of Applied Art.
In Paris, Janković built a successful career while practising book design and illustration, graphic design, design and decoration of porcelain and ceramic items, design of interiors and furniture, textile, fashion, graphics and architecture. He was an associate of the publishing houses “Flammarion”, “Larousse”, “Monde Moderne” and “Kharma”, the National Porcelain Manufactory in Sèvres (Manufacture nationale de porcelaine de Sèvres) and Porcelain Factory “Bloch et Fils”. He practised fashion while working with fashion houses and at his Art Fashion Atelier “Colette Janković” (La Mode d’Art de l’atelieur Colette Janković, 1926/1927–1931/1932), named after his wife. The villa of Philippe de Fages in Saint Cloud (1932–1934) was built and furnished according to Janković’s designs. Having arrived in Belgrade, the artist devoted himself mainly to book design and illustration, while working in the National Printing House of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1935–1945), the publishing enterprise “Novo pokolenje” (1945–1945) and in “Jugoslovenska knjiga” (1948–1950). He was a part-time lecturer of applied graphics and decorative lettering at the Academy of Applied Arts (1948–1950). In her name and in the name of her late husband, Colette Janković presented a collection of about six thousand items of Yugoslav folk art to the Museum of Man (Le Musée de l’Homme) in Paris.