Ornaments of Serbian Medieval Frescoes

06 November 2013 - 01 March 2014

Author of the exhibition: Dušan Milovanović, museum advisor, Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade.

Author of the exhibition design: Ivan Mangov, assistant professor at the Faculty of Art and Design, Megatrend University.

e Museum of Applied Art stages the exhibition “Memory Update – Ornaments of Serbian Medieval Frescoes” on the 6th of November 2013 to mark this year’s anniversary of its founding.

An interest in ornament as particular visual and semantic, as well as a linguistic phenomenon becomes more and more increasing in the visualization world of all segments of modern communication. An ornament is often used as a decoration, a pattern, a decorative detail in applied art and architecture but it also bears a broadest span of symbolical, culturological and religious meanings that are susceptible to various analyses and even mathematical reading and interpretation.

Within the frame of the exhibition, the ornament is treated from various standpoints in an attempt of modern interpretation of its values.

Almost 500 tables with copies of ornaments from Serbian medieval frescoes will be displayed. Last time they were exhibited in 1961 in honour of the Congress of Byzantine Studies that took place the same year in Belgrade. The body of five hundred seventy two ornaments was left to the Museum as exquisite ornamental treasure.

This valuable material will be presented to the public in a most contemporary form, using new technologies and in accordance with the time we live in. The exhibition visitors will get an insight into the medieval material through numerous installations, animations, video projections, sound systems and original works inspired by the exhibition items.

Among other events, the accompanying program will include lectures of acknowledged experts from various fields, as well as chamber concerts and workshops.

Author of the exhibition is Dušan Milovanović, a museum advisor at the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade, and the author of the exhibition design is Ivan Mangov, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Art and Design, Megatrend University.

Part of the Drape from the Throne of Holy Mother

Church of Saint Sophia in Ohrid, 11th century

Ornament on the Scarf of an Unknown Figure

Holy Mother of Ljeviš, 14th century

Ornament from Queen Helen’s Vestments

Monastery Gračanica, 14th century

Ornament from Holy Warrior’s Vestments

Monastery Kalenić, 15th century

Ornament from Tsarina Helena’s Dress

Church of Saint Savior Monastery Leskoec, the first half of the 15th century

Part of Warrior’s Vestments

Church of Saint Panteleimon, Nerezi, the 12th century

Ornament from the Lining of Saint Sergius’s Phelonion

Church of Saint Nikita, the 14th century

Ornament from the Drape below the Icon of Holy Mother

Church of Saint Demetrius, Marko’s Monastery, 14th century