The Gallery of Matica Srpska is in possession of the biggest collection of Serbian art of from modern times..
Founded in 1847 in Budapest, it was moved to its final destination in Novi Sad in 1864. However it did not begin operating independently until 1958.
The most respected member of the gallery who also served as its secretary was Teodor Pavlovic. Teodor had the biggest role in the gallery’s founding.
Back in 1840 Sava Tekelija served as its lifelong president and was a major benefactor, donating very valuable family portraits and his family riches to the Gallery of Matica Srpska.
Following his lead, many wealthy residents began donating and borrowing to the Galley their valuable and culturally rich items that are beneficial in enriching the national spirit and serve as a cultural enhancement.
The Art Gallery Fund of Matica Srpska, with a rich collection of Serbian art from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, for decades was enlarged with gifts and donations.
From its very beginning, the gallery has specialized in studying, collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of the Serbian cultural heritage.
Today, the Gallery of Matica Srpska encourages donations to supplement and enrich its collection, both with works of contemporary art as well as works from earlier periods and stylistic periods.
In the context of public work, in addition to the regular display of permanent exhibitions, independently or in collaboration with other cultural institutions it also organizes lectures, concerts and promotions.
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