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FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE GRAPHIC COLLECTIVE

DEAR FRIENDS, WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT THE GRAPHIC COLLECTIVE, IS ON THE THRESHOLD OF CEASING TO EXIST

The Graphic Collective, an institution that represents an indispensable mark on the cultural map of Belgrade, Serbia, Europe, and the world, is forced to leave its gallery space, where it has been located since 1949, and with no suitable new space in sight! The restitution is relentless. An earlier injustice has unfortunately led to a new injustice, and this time the victim is an institution that has been successfully promoting and nourishing the visual arts scene (printmaking, graphic design, drawing, photography and other forms of art practice) for not less than 68 years.

In this case, the price is the loss of identity and erasure of a cultural symbol that has been meticulously cultivated for decades. The Graphic Collective stands for the memories of the cultural community, built through the gallery's many programs. Here the public has been able to get to know the work and meet over 1500 artists, to see the first ever art performance in Serbia, to encounter the emergence of new artistic expressions embodied in the group Mediala, to see the many exhibitions of debutants, later to become famous artists and posts of the Serbian art scene, academics, world renown artists: Vladimir Veličković, Stojan Ćelić, Leonid Šejka, Hiroshige, Saraku, Exat, Vasarely, Anderle, Zebra Group, Chagall, Dali, Bosko Karanovic, Bogdan Kršić, Sreten Stojanović, Lazar Vujaklija, Mladen Srbinović, Milo Milunović, Dado Đurić, Uroš Tošković, Erro, Brunovsky, Wisława Szymborska, Motherwell, Dubravka Ugrešić ... The around 2.000 solo, curatorial, monographic, research, retrospective and collective exhibitions and other events dedicated to the visual arts, are part of Serbia’s national cultural heritage. The Graphic Collective, just as well, is the guardian of a collection of over 5000 works, the first collection of contemporary printmaking in post-war Serbia.

The Graphic Collective has long been the only institution of its kind, one that has continuously been promoting the art of printmaking, drawing, photography, illustration and graphic design, at a time when that was not common on the art scene.

For many generations of artists, writers, and intellectuals, The Graphic Collective has been a hub, not only for exhibiting works of art, but also a place of encounter and exchange of ideas and local and international art news. The synergy of various creatives has made The Graphic Collective an heir of tradition but also a mediator to contemporary art and a Home for artists, which mustn’t cease to exist.

Letting the Graphic Collective disappear is equal to deleting an important part of national culture, a part interconnected with international trends. In the eyes of the local and international public eye, it would seem as an act of incomprehensible self-destruction, and would certainly lead to a significant depletion of the cultural map of Belgrade and Serbia, and the disappearance of interaction with many institutions and renowned artists around the world.

The Graphic Collective is supposed to leave its current address, Obilićev venac 27, in 2018.

Please sign the petition to support

THE SURVIVAL OF THE GRAPHIC COLLECTIVE

which would prevent it from disappearing !!!

To sign the petition, please follow this link.