Berlin and Belgrade in a joint “Monologue”: New Gallery of Contemporary Art

A new gallery of contemporary art in Belgrade – Monologue Gallery, a space that will be a link between artists, creators, and creators of Belgrade and Berlin.

The Monologue Gallery is an integral part of the Museum of Now (MON) in Berlin and defines itself as a kind of “black box”, mapping both current trends and the vibrancy of the contemporary art moment, as well as predicting future trends. Located in the epicenter of Belgrade’s alternative scene – the former Bajloni Brewery on Cetinjska Street – the gallery will open a space for the free articulation of ideas and contemporary themes to artists from around the world and will be a creative channel connecting Belgrade and Berlin with the Museum of Now (MON) and Supermarket Lab as the founders of the initiative.

Curators of the exhibition “Navigation through comprehensive dizziness” are Denis Leo Hegić and Jan Gustav Fidler – directors of the Museum of Now (MON) and founders of the Monologue Gallery – and Marko Lađušić, painter, sculptor, and professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade.

The first exhibition at the Monologue Gallery reflects what NOW is, exploring disorientation in a globalized and virtual world, valuing physical labor, transforming historical stereotypes, but also the longing for reduction and minimalism in a world overloaded with information. Material as such, the aspect of value and valuation in times of inflation, scarcity of resources, and labor research – are the main focuses on which the exhibition relies.

Jelena Micić received her master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (2020), Department of Textual Sculpture, and her master’s degree in philosophy (2012) and graduate studies from the Department of Scandinavian Languages ​​and Literature (2010) at the University of Belgrade. She was awarded the Würdigungspreis der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien for the best final theses (2020), the Ö1 Talentestipendium Bildende Kunst (2018) and the scholarship kültür gemma (2018). In his artistic practice, he deals with socio-political aspects and color systems. The artistic practice transforms the hierarchies of relations within the world of art and physical work, and thus makes social inequality visible. As the primary audience that communicates with her works, she addresses the working class with which she lives and works, and whose voice is rejected and inaudible in artistic discourse. She is the founder of the informal group Artist *. During her work, she exhibited in Serbia, Austria, and Slovakia… She won the “Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos” award for 2021.

Vera Klimentjeva’s artistic positions range from various printing techniques through digital media to plastics and paint. Her work is characterized by deconstructive elements, fictional reality, and embedding traditional performances in contemporary contexts. After studying at the Moscow State University of Printing Arts (2005-2008) with Alexander Livanov, Vladimir Tsepilov, and Vladimir Kosinkin, Klimentyeva transferred to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in the class of prof. Ervin Bohač (2008-2014). She has exhibited at numerous exhibitions in Austria, Russia, Serbia, and Poland. Clement’s works are part of private and public collections in Germany, Austria, Russia, the United States, and Canada.

The exhibition will be opened by curators Denis Leo Hegić and Jan Gustav Fidler, founders of the Museum of Now (MON), and Marko Lađušić, sculptor and professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts, and can be visited daily from 4 pm to 8 pm until June 18, 2022.