The Visual Arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–1941)

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This international exhibition of the visual arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia will provide an overview of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and film from the time the dictatorship was set up to the beginning of World War II.

The thread running through the exhibition is – in addition to the art scene – the view of Yugoslavia as presented in its neuralgic points by Louis Adamič in his travelogue The Native’s Return (published in 1934). Adamič reveals the Kingdom of Yugoslavia – through his encounters with artists such as Ivan Meštrović and Petar Dobrović, as well as the king – as a country on the brink – a country of stark contrasts, caught between old, premodern customs and the grip of capitalism, with the premonition of its imminent end. But this pre-war time is also when the first official common history of art in all the Yugoslav nations emerged, a history associated with Milan Kašanin, the Venice Biennale and the international cultural policies of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.