October 13th, 2023 at 7 pm

Gallery S: Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina

Exhibition opening: Friday, October 13th, 2023 at 7 pm

Duration: October 13th – November 5th 2023

Curator: Vladimir Mitrović



Guided tour:

Friday/ October 20, 2023 / 1.00 pm

Author workshop for children:

Saturday and Sunday/ October 21 and 29, 2023/ 10.00 am -12.00 pm

Book/ catalog promotion:

Friday / October 27, 2023/ 7.00 pm

Maja Erdeljanin began her Dear Diary cycle in 2006. Today it has more than 480 works. She had created the first 418 works by 2020. By then, every calendar date got at least one of her artworks – 24 x 30 cm, symbolizing 24 hours x 30 days in a month. The rest of them were bigger. The basic 366 works/days are divided into 12 polyptychs representing 12 months of the year, but they belong to different years. All the works contain a collaged or printed calendar date and are ordered in a monthly calendar fashion, from the first to the last day of the month. Next to them are other days, in bigger or the same formats. Every polyptych/month is accompanied by a corresponding legend containing information about the international and the author’s Awareness Days, which were the starting point for the Dear Diary cycle. She was creating on canvas or paper continually for 17 years, often using recycled paintings from her exhibitions with different concepts. The works were subsequently painted following the themes related to a particular day. They were also collaged with copied book pages, newspaper articles, paid bills, museum or cinema tickets, and flyers, which all symbolize information that the society temporarily provides her system with every day.
This project marks the first time after 50 years that the MCAV has published a catalog covering both visual arts and literature.

While working on this cycle, Maja wrote short stories inspired by the same idea. Therefore, the exhibition catalog is also a collection of short stories ordered by dates in the same manner as the paintings. However, what is described in the paintings is not contained in the stories and vice versa. The artist emphasizes that the stories thematically only hint at the main title but are unrelated to the paintings.

An artistic and literary journey through space and time, personal events, and general dates constitutes a wide framework of Dear Diary. Thematically, the Diary deals with everyday life (daily routines), longer and shorter travels, homages to fellow painters, etc. True to her style, the artist intervenes on canvases using color explosions and bursts. Maja’s painted notes are persistently and consistently laid out as if belonging to a huge artistic cycle. Everything is underlined with literary notes and moving pictures in short videos, following the author’s mood and current inspiration.

Since the beginning of her career, Maja has been dedicated to creating an unusually prolific work. This is especially true of her frequent exhibitions, stemming from her desire to get the work out of her studio and present it to the public as soon and as well as possible. Regardless of their size, the catalogs accompanying her exhibitions were always meaningful and carefully prepared. Soon after she appeared on the artistic scene, she was noticed by critics who continued following her artistic development.

This project marks the first time after 50 years that the MCAV has published a catalog covering both visual arts and literature.

You are invited to a journey.