The continuous collecting of inter-war applied art achievements started in the 1970s when Serbian society, excited by world museum trends, started to appreciate what had been created in this period. Over time, collections were formed of works by artists like Dušan Janković, Miloš Babić, Vasa Pomorišac, and architect Svetomir Lazić, followed by applied graphics, medals, badges, household objects and clothing items. Thanks to the post-war flourishing of applied art, to which the Museum of Applied Art was actively contributing, the representative collections of tapestry, textile and contemporary clothing were formed as well.
The collection of contemporary ceramics was formed in 1951, immediately upon the establishment of the Museum of Applied Art, and is comprised of ceramic art and industrial ceramics. The collection shows the development of ceramic as a material from the mid-20th century to present day. One of the key collections is the collection of contemporary glass, which follows the continuous development of artistic and industrially designed glass. Additionally, there is the collection of industrial design and furniture, as well as the collection of metal and wood art objects.
The collections of posters and graphic design, book illustrations and bindings, comic strips, caricatures and photography from the period after 1945 to the present day contain a rich diversity of articles. A particularly valuable unit is the collection of posters which preserves more than six thousand items. A special place is occupied by the collection of contemporary Polish posters, which represents a comprehensive and rich collection of works belonging to the field of Polish modern graphic design. A separate part of the collection of posters and graphic design includes the legacies from graphic designers and illustrators Đorđe Milanović and Dragoslav Stojanović Sip.
Bojana Popović, M.A, Museum Advisor
Jelena Popović, Senior Curator
Slobodan Jovanović, Senior Curator