9/24/2021

The Post Joined the Days of Spiritual Culture of Russia in Serbia

As part of the Days of Spiritual Culture of Russia in Serbia, which is held on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the beginning of the Serbian-Turkish war and the arrival of the Russian Volunteer Movement in Serbia, the exhibition "Vasily Polenov: Serbian War through the Eyes of a Russian Artist" was officially opened today.

The Post of Serbia joins the celebration of this jubilee with the philatelic issue "Serbian-Turkish war: 145 years since the arrival of Russian volunteers", which was also presented today.

The ceremony at the PTT Museum was attended by, among others, the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Olga Yarilova, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, the Assistant Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Danijela Vanušić, and the director of the Polenov Museum, Natalia Polenova.

"The patriotic and social role of the postal service became especially important in war and emergency circumstances, when its mission of connecting people often had a decisive influence on historical circumstances. That is why the Post of Serbia proudly accepted to pay tribute to Russian volunteers, who fought on the side of Serbia, with this exhibition and the appropriate philatelic issue, but also to confirm the true commitment of our state and people to long-term friendship with the Russian people," said Zoran Djordjević, Acting Director of the Post of Serbia.

The exhibition "Vasily Polenov: The Serbian War through the Eyes of a Russian Artist" shows the works that this great Russian artist, volunteer and academic, made at the front, when he fought on the side of the Serbs in the Serbian-Turkish war (1876). The exhibits kept in the funds of the Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum Complex of Vasily Polenov are exhibited, as well as excerpts from his "Diary of a Russian Volunteer", which were published in 1877 in the magazine "Pčela" ("The Bee"). The exhibition also features valuable exhibits from the museum holdings of the Adligat Society, which testify to the role of Russian volunteers in the Serbian-Turkish war. The exhibition is open to visitors until 7 October.

The works of Vasily Dmitriyevich Polenov were also published in the philatelic issue entitled "Serbian-Turkish War: 145 years since the arrival of Russian volunteers", which was created in cooperation between the Post of Serbia and the Russian Centre in Belgrade, and which is in circulation as of today.