Balkans Art Through The Eye Of Gallery M

Extending to the south from central Europe into the Mediterranean Sea, the Balkan Peninsula, or the Balkans, has been at a crossroads of cultures since ancient times. This part of Europe has a long history which cannot be easily summarized, and the people living there have created a very rich and varied cultural heritage over centuries.

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“Gipsy Magic”by Ilija Spasovsky, Macedonia, Oil on canvas

“The Balkan Peninsula is among the most mixed of any geographic area in terms of ethnicity, religion and cultural influences”

Even though Europe has different cultural identities within itself, some people say that no other region of Europe has as many nations as the Balkans. Its population is rich, embracing diverse ethnic and cultural groups. This is why the Balkan Peninsula is among the most mixed of any geographic area in terms of ethnicity, religion and cultural influences.

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“Blossom”by Vojislav Radovanovic, Serbia, Oil on canvas

Also, the Balkans is a place where societies have collided and merged for thousands of years. Peace has never lasted too long and despite (or maybe thanks to) this region’s turbulent history, art of the Balkan people has always been a vivid and passionate expression that emanated from individuality and diversity.

“Belgrade, the capital of Serbia has also become one of those cities where the Balkan art is thriving”

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“Bridge”by Zoran Radosavljevic, Serbia, Oil on canvas

This artistic diversity is present in all major cities of the Balkan countries. Thanks to many art enthusiasts, Belgrade, the capital of Serbia has also become one of those cities where the Balkan art is thriving. Marina Tatarević was, and still is, one of those enthusiasts. As a law graduate with tremendous passion for art, substantial business experience and specially a strong desire to contribute to the promotion of art from this region, Marina decided to open a gallery devoted exclusively to fine crafts of Balkan artists. Simply called “Gallery M”, the space was opened in 2000 and very quickly became a gathering place for artists and art lovers, who could enjoy the Gallery’s art in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Here in “Gallery M”, you could find pieces from the most talented painters, sculptors and artists from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and so on.

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“Mistery”by Nebojsa Dukanovic, Serbia, Oil on canvas

“The idea was to bring the exhibition to New York City, where Balkan art could gain global recognition”

At some point -after 15 prosperous years since the opening of Gallery M, over 150 artist exposed and thousands of customers, national and international- Marina felt that it was time for the next step. So she decided to show this fine Balkan Art to the world. The idea was to bring the exhibition to New York City, where Balkan art could gain global recognition. The exhibition entitled “Balkan in the Raw” was developed collaboratively between Gallery M and Vevchanski Viduvanja Art Colony, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia. The purpose of the exhibition was to show how artists, not only from the Balkan region but also from Poland, France, Vietnam, etc. have interpreted their impression of the Balkan on canvases. The show was a great success and attracted many local art collectors and other notable members of the art community.

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Vinca’s culture replica 5000 bc, by Tomislav Gievsky, Macedonia, ceramic

Today, Marina and her son Marko continue to support and promote new emerging talents from Serbia and the region through Gallery M. In addition to exceptional and timeless paintings of already recognized and prized artists, the gallery displays original pieces of art provided by talented painters of the new generation. Apart from this, the gallery has a significant collection of sculptures in stone, bronze, terracotta and metal, unique art objects made of various types of ceramics, handmade jewelry and hand painted silk scarves and shawls.

“Every piece of art in this vast collection has a story behind it”

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“Childhood memory”by Daniela Morariu, Romania, Mix media

Every piece of art in this vast collection has a story behind it. Gallery M exhibits the most exciting works by contemporary artists from the Balkan region who appreciate and celebrate spirit and the energy of their homeland.


    Author:Sonja Malinovic | Gallery M Belgrade | Zemun, Glavna 18a | Tel: +381113166274 | Facebook: Galerija M Zemunikum | Instagram: Galerija_m | Mail:tatarevicmarina@gmail.com | www.mgalerija.rs