In the years marking state institutionalization and establishing institutions dedicated to contemporary art, on February 1, 1966, today's Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (MSUV) was established, intended for examining, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art. Unlike most other protective institutions, however, MSUV had never been so fortunate to also acquire an independent work space. From today's perspective, we can assume that the reasons lied in the essence of contemporary art practice and its analytical and critical thinking, which immediately removed it from a position of a loyal ally to ruling structures, or in its constant tendency to point to international values, which never suited various narrow-minded trends; perhaps it was an insufficiently developed art scene, or it may be that "the crisis in culture" just started early for MSUV. In any case, after two failed projects for a new building, forced to move constantly, and function in multiple venues in imposed co-existance with others, MSUV today represents an institution which continuously contributes to research, affirmation, and increased visibility of contemporary art practice, while its increasingly rich permanent collection also makes it a significant guardian of museum artefacts.
Considering large budget cuts, as well as critical position of culture and contemporary art production in society, MSUV will not celebrate its 50th anniversary traditionally. The beginning will be marked by the exhibition of new acquisitions, presentation of purchased and donated artwork from the last three years, which significantly increased the value of the museum collection. This will be followed by a presentation of several important investigations of contemporary art practices: monograph publications, and retrospective and individual exhibitions dedicated to the work of Bogdanka Poznanović, Breda Beban, Branislav Dobanovački, Dragan Rakić, Milica Mrđa, and Nataša Teofilović. A series of educational workshops, presentations, and discussions will be concerned with history and theory of contemporary art. Also, MSUV will more actively participate in cooperation with local and international partners through numerous significant projects, in order to build new work models, mutual networking and valorization of our art practice.
Exhibition MSUV Acquisitions: Purchases and Gifts 2012-2015 features as the beginning of the anniversary, and is relized due to regular and successfully implemented competitions. The exhibition will include the works of the following authors: Marina Abramović,Srđan Apostolović, Asocijacija APSOLUTNO, Autopsia, Mrđan Bajić, Ana Bešlić, Slavko Bogdanović / Mirko Radojičić / Miroslav Mandić, Mira Brtka, Veljko Vujačić, SinišaVuković, Ljubomir Vučinić, Milan Grahovac, Živko Grozdanić, Grupa Ǝ (Ana Raković / Čedomir Drča / Vladimir Kopicl), Vojislav Despotov, Goran Despotovski, diSTRUKTURA, Branislav Dobanovački, DOPLGENGER, Čedomir Drča / Slobodan Tišma, Uroš Đurić, IRWIN,Tadija Janičić, Dragan Jankov, Zdravko Joksimović, Dušan Junačkov, Goran Jureša, Jelena Jureša, Daniel Kariko, Katalin Ladik, Katalin Ladik / Gábor Fülöp, Isolde Loock, Svetlana Milić, Mladen Miljanović, Milica Mrđa, Multiflex, Đorđe Odanović / Gordana Kaljalović, Andrea Palašti, Vessna Perunovich, Branislav Petrić, Branislav Petrić / Staniša Dautović, Bogdanka Poznanović, Darinka Pop Mitić, Pprgrupa (Katarina Šević / Zita Majoroš),Branko Protić,Edith Pundt, Marica Radojčić, Zoran Radović, Aleksandar Rakezić Zograf, Vahida Ramujkić, Vujica Rešin Tucić, Zvonimir Santrač, Marijeta Sidovska, Lidija Srebotnjak Prišić, Jelena Sredanović, Ivana Stojanović, Nataša Teofilović, Zoran Todorović, Isidora Todorović, Dragoljub Todosijević Raša, Vladimir Tomić, Milica Tomić, Miloš Tomić, Selman Trtovac, Sava Halugin, Marikke Heinz-Hoek, Jasmina Cibic, Borislav Šajtinac, Predrag Šiđanin, Slobodan Šijan, Ilija Šoškić.
Gifts 2012 - 2015.