25 February - 15 March 2010

Exhibition coordinator: Milica Cukić MA, Museum Advisor, Head of Department of Arts, Department of Public Relations
The last year was marked by the birth centenary of Milena Pavlović Barilli. The interest in this artist does not fade, as witnessed also by the programme realized by University of the Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, HESPERIAedu – Belgrade and Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade. It consists of three events that we wish to announce.

1. Exhibition

“Reflection – New Meanings of Milena Pavlović Barilli”

February 25 – March 15, 2010 at Museum of Applied Art

Opening: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 18.00

Exhibition is opened by:

  • Nebojša Bradić, Minister of Culture of Republic of Serbia
  • Ljiljana Mrkić, Rector of University of the Arts, Belgrade
  • Adele Mazzola, writer

The poetry of Milena Pavlović Barilli will be read by the actress Danica Ristovski

Nomadic art and life were Milena Pavlović Barilli’s credo. This is why the exhibition “Reflection – New Meanings of Milena Pavlović Barilli” was conceived as Milena’s journey, and the suitcases at the exhibition serve as association to all the cities and the countries she passed through. Milena moved around throughout her life: education in Munich, study tours to Spain, sojourn and exhibitions in England, life and work in France and the USA where her life ended in a tragedy. There are, also, her mother’s homeland, Serbia, and her hometown Požarevac, as well her father’s homeland, Italy, and splendid Rome.

Fashion, stage costume, graphic design during the last years of Milena Pavlović Barilli’s, in the eve of, and during the Second World War, were the leading thread on the path she took in searching for her own identity and for the world she lived in. She was an extremely sensitive artist, gifted, imaginative and skillful, and as such her work inspires a huge interest. Magical system in Milena’s opus is acknowledged and present still today in the creative code of young Serbian artists, as shown at this exhibition.

The concept of the exhibition is created by professors of Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Ljiljana Petrović, stage costume, Ingrid Huljev, fashion design and Zoran Blažina, graphic design. The exhibition features selected installations, costumes, photographs and graphic design by students of the respective departments of Faculty of Applied Arts. Dragana Vučetić, New York based costume designer will add to the atmosphere of the exhibition, as well as the scents and audio-recordings of Milena’s poetry.

2. International Symposium

“Milena Pavlović Barilli in the Focus of Various Arts – New Pluralism of Meanings”

March 9 – 10, 2010 at Museum of Applied Arts

The organizers of the Symposium, under the auspices of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, are Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Foundation Milena Pavlović Barilli, Požarevac, HESPERIAedu, Belgrade and Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade.

The Symposium is tided closely to the birth centenary of the famous Serbian-Italian artist Milena Pavlović Barilli. The aim is to point to variety of genre and media used by this artist, as well as to the variety of interpretations of her opus. Therefore, the core of the Symposium are those still less explored Milena’s activities which surpass the domain of the so called “high” art, and which show her as an applied arts artist, designer and fashion designer, and to point to the features that are weaved into her art, the elements and influences of popular and mass culture such as film of the 1920s, fashion photography in the magazines such as, for example, “Vogue” or “Harper’s Bazaar”.

The Symposium will deal with important moments of cultural and historical contexts of 1920s and 1930s, the period during which Milena Pavlović Barilli was active, as well as her poetry. A special panel will be dedicated to presentation of the Foundation (Legacy) of Milena Pavlović Barilli from Požarevac, and to the models of contemporary exhibition practices of this legacy.

The presenters are the experts from universities of Paris, Bologna, Vroclav, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Novi Sad, as well as from Museum of Applied Art and Foundation Milena Pavlović Barilli from Požarevac, among which are Prof. Dr Lidija Merenik, Prof. Dr Nikola Samardžić, Dr Simona Čupić, Dr Nenad Radić, Bojana Popović, MA, Dr Snežana Kragulj, Ingrid Huljev, Dr Elisa Tosibrandi, Dobrila Denegri, MA, Ljiljana Petrović, MA, Nikol Marjanović, MA, Prof. Dr Irina Subotić, Adele Mazzola, Prof. Dr Ljiljana Pešikan Ljuštanović, Davide Barilli.

3. The presentation of monographs

Ex Post and Pro Futuro

dedicated to the opus of Milena Pavlović Barilli, published by HESPERIAedu.

March 9, 2010, Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

The presenters are the authors Lidija Merenik, Irina Subotić, Magdalena Koh, Adele Mazzola and Zorica Stablović Bulajić, editor in chief and director of HESPERIAedu.