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Milena Pavlović Barili: Keys to the Dreamworld

Programme | 26.12.2013


























Milena Pavlović Barili: Keys to the Dreamworld

Author of the exhibition: Žana Gvozdenović, musuem adviser

Promoting its the collections through the project Museum in Motion during the reconstruction of its building situated at Ušće, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade presents the work of Milena Pavlović Barili (Požarevac, 1909 – New York, 1945), actively taking part in the celebrations of the centennial of painter’s birth.

The work of Milena Pavlović Barili belongs to the Serbian and European painting from the 1930s, predicated on the demand for return to order and the great avatars of the past, as well as a drive for repudiating experiments in art. These were the ideas of moderate surrealism and post-surrealism, French magic realism, a strain close to the artist gathered around the magazine Valori Plastici from Rome. Milena’s work excels with its inner simplicity, disregarding different stylistic models and influences that give birth to it. The bloom of her creativity lasted for only 10 years, from 1932 to 1942. A specific sensibility and a system of the very personal symbolism formed a magic, intimate metaphysics of expression and meaning. The authenticity of her iconography is based on the oneiric and the visionary but also on the museum painting of great masters from which the artist, as a multifaceted and polyglot intellectual, also drew her inspirations.

We can distinguish four phases in the painting of Milena Pavlović Barili: the Belgrade and Münich period (1922-1928), i.e. a phase of apprenticeship; the Parisian-Roman period (1931-1936), a magical linear style, a poetical expression nurtured by a personal mythology; the “Renaissance” metaphysical period (1936-1942); the American period (1939-1945), marked by contrasts: commercial fashion design, portraits of personalities from the high society with subtle metaphysical overtones, on the one hand, and mystical, religious compositions, on the other.

The exhibition traveled to:
Gallery of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad
11/3/2009-11/22/2009
Italian Cultural Centre, Belgrade
11/23/2009-12/12/2009
Serbian Cultural Centre, Paris (prints)
12/22/2009-3/1/2010
National Museum in Kraljevo
4/9/2010-5/11/2010


Milena Pavlović Barili: Keys to the Dreamworld
Milena Pavlović Barili: Keys to the Dreamworld
Milena Pavlović Barili: Keys to the Dreamworld
Milena Pavlović Barili: Keys to the Dreamworld