Post of Serbia - Exclusive exhibition “Unseen Lubarda” in the PTT Museum until May 1


Exclusive exhibition “Unseen Lubarda” in the PTT Museum until May 1

The Post of Serbia and the PTT Museum presented and opened to the public a special exhibition of paintings “Unseen Lubarda”, as part of the jubilee – 115 years since the birth of Petar Lubarda, one of our most prominent artists. In the presence of Zoran Đorđević, Acting Director of the Post of Serbia, an exhibition that presents to the public for the first time ten works of art by Petar Lubarda, from private collections, was opened by Nikola Kusovac, art historian.

Kusovac assessed that the largest number of paintings exhibited in the PTT Museum has the properties of a cultural asset, as well as that they abound in all important elements of the style derived from the poetics of expressionism imbued with the experiences of associative abstraction. He pointed out the arabesque drawings, the reduction of form, colour contrasts, as well as the manner of materialization, which, together with the composite solution and processed motifs, as he stated - are typical for Lubarda’s late work.

Exhibited pieces – “Bull”, “Black Panther”, “Dragons”, “Minotaur”, “Camp Still Life”, “Scorpio”, “Brajići Village”, “Rocks”, “Battle of Kosovo” and “The Way of Freedom (Sutjeska)” were created in the period from 1942 to 1972. They are made in the techniques of oil on canvas, oil and varnish on hardboard, tempera on cardboard and paper and represent different phases of Lubarda's work, from early to late.

Today, the Post of Serbia ceremonially presented and put into circulation a special issue of postage stamps “115 years since the birth of Petar Lubarda”, with motifs of exhibited art pieces. The issue contains two commemorative postage stamps printed in sheets of eight stamps with eight vignettes in the middle, a first day envelope and a commemorative seal, in a graphic design by Nadežda Skočajić, creator of stamps of the Post of Serbia.

The exhibition “Unseen Lubarda” is open to visitors at the PTT Museum until May 1, during working hours: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm; on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 20:00. Admission is free of charge.

Petar Lubarda (Ljubotinj, near Cetinje, July 27, 1907 – Belgrade, February 13, 1974), was a Serbian painter, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, founder, lecturer and director of the first professional art institution in Montenegro – Art School in Cetinje, full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1961. He donated his painting legacy to Belgrade in 1973, and the house where he lived with his wife Vera was turned into the Legacy Studio of Petar Lubarda, opened to the public in 2014.